3 Years in the Making and Finally Finished!

by Nicole

Allow me to introduce to you, Jagged Stars 2! The pattern is from my first magazine publication in the Modern Quilts Unlimited Fall 2013 issue.


Related: First Magazine Publication

I made the top as a test of the pattern, but it took the 2016 Finish A Long for me to find the motivation to turn the top into a finished quilt!

Related: Finishing Along Goals

I was stumped for a while on how to quilt it. I initially was going to quilt an all-over flower design to mirror the floral fabrics in the quilt, but I decided against it because that would have taken a while and I wanted some way of highlighting the stars.

I ended up doing zigzags in the stars, which gave me a chance to practice using my ruler with my long arm. I was surprised at how quickly the quilting went.


I decided to fill in the background with a loopy meandering design.


The quilting is less dense than I usually do and it gives a nice drape to the quilt.

I went with machine binding in the interest of time.


This quilt has been three years in the making and I’m so glad to have it done. With this quilt done and Sun Rays done, I completed two of my three Finish-A-Long goals. I’m calling that a success!

Linking up to 2016 FAL and Finish It Up Friday!

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Meredithe April 7, 2016 - 7:49 pm

Great quilt and I do admire your machine quilting so much.

Nicole April 8, 2016 - 11:25 am

Thanks, Meredithe! Quilting can be such a challenge for me. I appreciate your kind words!

Debbie April 7, 2016 - 11:47 pm

This turned out beautifully Nicole! So pleased the FAL could encourage you along. 😉 Nice job on the quilting – especially love the ‘zig zag’ in the stars!

Nicole April 8, 2016 - 11:25 am

Thanks, Debbie! If it weren’t for the FAL, the top would still be in the back of my closet somewhere!

Sarah April 8, 2016 - 7:47 am

This is beautiful Lovely colors and I think your zigzag and loopy meaner quilting work very nicely with the design !

Nicole April 8, 2016 - 11:24 am

Thanks, Sarah! Quilting designs can be a challenge to decide on. I’ll have to file that zigzag design away for future quilts!

Suzanne April 8, 2016 - 8:48 am

Congratulations on such a big finish!

Nicole April 8, 2016 - 11:23 am

Thanks, Suzanne! It had been sitting in limbo for far too long!

Ana April 8, 2016 - 10:53 am

It’s a happy quilt! Beautiful!!!!!!

Nicole April 8, 2016 - 11:19 am

Thanks, Ana! I just love working with warm colors!

GerryART April 8, 2016 - 11:22 am

These gorgeous colors are just my style 😍😍😍
Great quilting and binding💜❤️
Congrats on a Terrific finish ‼️‼️

Nicole April 8, 2016 - 11:26 am

Thanks, Gerry! You know I like bright colors – the brighter, the happier!

Izzy April 8, 2016 - 12:10 pm

Beautiful! I love the colours and the zigzag quilting is so cool! Congrats on another fabulous finish! 🙂

Nicole April 8, 2016 - 10:57 pm

Thanks, Izzy! I’ll definitely be zigzagging again!

Kate April 8, 2016 - 12:28 pm

Love these stars ….. the gorgeous colours and the qulting are awesome!!

Nicole April 8, 2016 - 10:57 pm

Thanks, Kate! It feels so good to finish that one!

Heide April 8, 2016 - 3:27 pm

Great looking stars! Loving the quilting too.

Nicole April 8, 2016 - 10:58 pm

Thanks, Heide! I have a soft spot for stars!

karen swann April 8, 2016 - 10:05 pm

Nicole, I love the colors you chose for this quilt–and the shape of the stars is such a fresh design! And your quilting–Wowzers!

Nicole April 8, 2016 - 10:59 pm

Thanks, Karen! “Wowzers!” is high praise – thank you for making me smile!

Lynn April 13, 2016 - 3:34 pm

Luscious colors and fabrics, and I love the stars! Stars like this are on my (very long!) to-make list. Your quilting compliments them perfectly!

Nicole April 17, 2016 - 7:55 am

Thanks, Lynn! I have a thing for stars!

Stacey April 13, 2016 - 4:48 pm

So gorgeous! Thanks so much for participating in the Finish-A-Long!

Nicole April 17, 2016 - 7:55 am

Thanks, Stacey! This quilt would still be a wip if not for the FAL!

Erica April 15, 2016 - 11:56 am

So pretty!!!!

Nicole April 17, 2016 - 7:54 am

Thank you, Erica!

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