Friday, November 15, 2013

Cool Sparkles

I just love this quilt more each time I work on it - I really must try another for a keeper quilt. Cool Sparkles will be donated to Project Linus and I hope it finds its way to a lover of all things purple. Quilts made from HSTs are my current obsession and I would love to pull out my charm bins and start making oodles of them!
Basting on this top was done using pins instead of my usual 505 spray. I've been taking the easy route since my first not so great quilting efforts with pins so I thought it was time to give them a try again. My cutting table made it easy to tape the edges of the backing down, get things lined up and start pinning.

The quilting went fine - in some ways it was easier actually because I was able to "puddle" the top instead of having to roll it - and not a tuck was found. Success! Next I'll have to dig out my clamps and try pinning a larger top. One thing I have learned over the last year is start small and give myself the best odds of things working out. Baby steps.
I quilted along the diagonal lines of the blocks using my trusty white Aurifil thread admiring these purples and greens one last time.
For backing I chose this fun novelty print and I used a mottled purple for binding.

What I Learned:
  • Don't fear the pin!
  • Still crazy over HSTs.
  • Purple and green is a gorgeous color combination.
I'm linking this UFO Finish up to TGIFF@Hot Pink QuiltsCan I Get a Whoop Whoop@Confessions of a Fabric AddictLink A Finish Friday@Richard and Tanya QuiltsNeedle & Thread Thursday@My Quilt Infatuation and Finish it Friday@Crazy Mom Quilts.


  1. Purple and green are two of my favourite colours. Somebody will be a very happy person when they get this lovely quilt.

  2. Purple and green is a great color combo - makes me think IRIS. Very pretty and you know it will be loved!

    I also tried pin basting when I quilted the Dr Seuss baby quilt and it worked great. And I've pin basted the table topper I'm quilting now. It is half quilted and now set aside so that I can finish that blue and yellow UFO first.

  3. So apparently there is no stopping you! Another wonderful finish to donate.

  4. Great finish Deb!!! Love all that sparkly color going on - and what a great use of HST's!!!

  5. I love your green and purple quilt! Whoever gets it is going to love it too, I'm sure.
    I hope you have enough scraps left to make one for yourself :)

  6. I love anything purple, so it's an amazing quilt! Great job on another finish.

  7. I love the purples and greens together.

  8. I always love the pinwheel / triangle quilts like this. Lovely colors!

    Jeanne at

  9. Love the colours and love that you are loving the triangles. I love the results of triangles, but sometimes the path to getting there is a bit of a paid especially if you making them oversize and have to trim them back even though you get such a great result this way.

  10. Deb, this is great! I absolutely love HSTs. They really are fabulous. I am so inspired by all of the quilt love you donate to Project Linus, and I'm sure this quilt will be yet another that makes some kid really happy. :)

  11. That daisy print is so perfect for the back! I also admire all those meeting points.

  12. Green and purple were my wedding colors! Great quilt! :)

  13. love the green and purple, and the backing fabric is absolutely perfect!

    Thank you so much for sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

  14. It is a great quilt, especially in these colours. I have to agree that HSTs are fun and look great.

  15. Love that quilt! I'm so glad you had a positive pinning experience! That's the way I do all my quilts (I use Sharon Schamber's basting method for sandwiching the layers, except I pin instead of the thread baste). Well done........such a wonderful donation!!! Hugs..........

  16. here is a 'pinning' idea for you: Thread that dissolves when washed.

    To use this - you just baste the layers together - any way you want - and then: quilt over this thread, any way you want.

    The beauty of this is - no taking out the basting thread, it dissolves in the first wash!!!

    Ricky Timms showed me this on one of his DVD's I watched!! no, I have not done this yet (one day I will machine quiilt, it is on my learning list......) but I do have a big spool of this thread now in my collection for this purpose alone!!!!

  17. One of my favorite color combo's, too. Love that backing fabric and your HST's are spot on...perfectly pieced....well done! Since I have a Gammill LongArm, pinning is not an issue for me, but I recently dove into a handquilting UFO that I had pin basted...had to go to extreme lengths to find the pin box. It lead me to some reorganizing of a closet similar to yours a few post back. It does a quilter good to get re-organized. Thanks for stopping by CollectInTexas Gal on Needle and Thread Thursday. So nice to meet you...I'm a follower of your blog.
    Sue CollectInTexas BlogShop

  18. This quilt is beautiful. Whoever ends up with this this will be very lucky. I hope you find time to make yourself a keeper :)


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