It’s shocking to me that it was almost exactly 3 years ago that Lori (Humble Quilts) sponsored this doll quilt-a-long. It took me 3 months to finish the top, and then the poor thing sat in the queue for the longest time.  Of course, mine isn’t a doll quilt, but still . . . I have no excuse. I ease my guilt by thinking perhaps MS feels privileged to have been bumped up in the queue, since there are other tops that have been waiting much longer.

Midnight Stars Quilt
Martha Dellasega Gray, 2014
machine pieced, hand quilted
42″ x 52″
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All of the pieced blocks in this little quilt are made with antique fabric scraps; while the alternate blocks, borders, binding and backing are reproduction prints. When I was cutting out pieces for the blocks, I wrote this post about my obsession with making quilts using vintage and antique fabric. You can see in the detail photos below that sometimes I was able to construct a block using only 4 different prints, and other times there are many more.

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Coming up with a quilting pattern was a struggle, as usual. I wanted a design that would complement the pieced blocks, but would also look good in the alternate blocks. I’m pleased with the result, although it’s a little hard to see the stitching in the alternate blocks because of the busy patterned fabric.

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