Monday, February 11, 2013

Starburst Quilt-A-Long - Finished Quilt Top

**  NOTE  - This post is part of a series of posts for the Starburst Quilt-A-Long.  If you would like to join (and have a chance to win one of the $75.00 Gift Certificate grand prizes sponsored by The Intrepid Thread ) you can find a list of the post links here :)  Once again, here is the schedule, but if you want to work ahead you can use the tutorial  just be sure to take pictures of your weekly assignments so you can link them up for weekly prizes :)

January 14 - Cutting Post
January 21 - Goose in the Corner and Half Square Triangles
January 28 - Flying Geese
February 4 - Building Blocks - At least 2
February 11 - Finish Blocks and Sashing
February 18 - Baste it, Quilt it, Bind It
March 4 - Starburst Parade and Grand Prizes

Alright, We need a winner for last week's assignment!!

The 2 Blocks winner who gets a $25.00 Gift Certificate to Fat Quarter Shop  is . . .#6 -Lori- Congrats :)

I am so excited for this week!!  This weeks assignment is to finish your quilt top!! I just love seeing it all come together!!    


The first part of this week's assignment is nothing new.  Use last weeks tutorial to finishing sewing your remaining 2 Big Blocks :)  From the looks of flickr, many of you have already done this :)


First off I just want to mention that this is just the way I sash this quilt.  If you have another plan in mind of how you want to finish your quilt top please do so.  You can still enter it even if you don't finish it the same way.  This is your quilt, you do with it as you like :)

Okay, so now, onto the little sashing tutorial :)  I love this part because it comes together so quickly and then you have a completed quilt top!!  So exciting!!

 Start by laying your 4 blocks out.  Then take your 2 smallest sashings and lay them as follows. We will be adding them between the blocks to make 2 rows.

Place the sashing on the first blocks of each row with right sides together.  I do not use pins but if you are a beginner or just like using pins go right ahead and pin along the raw edge.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the raw edge.  If you are using a light fabric, you should be able to see through the sashing to make sure your seam is sewing right along the Burst points.  Always press your seams for sashings towards the sashings.  They lay nice and flat that way :)

Now you can finish the rows by laying the second block in each row onto your attached sashing strip with right sides together and raw edges aligned.  Optional pinning now :)  Sew a 1/4 inch seam along the edge.  Be sure to sew right along the tips of your Burst points to ensure you keep those nice points :)  Press.

 And now your rows are complete and you are ready to add the sashing between the rows and to the top and bottom.  Gather your 3 medium sashing strips and lay one along the top of the first row.  Lay 2 strips on the second row, one on the top and one on the bottom.  All rows should be right sides together and aligned along the raw edges.  Pin if desired.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edges and then press.

And now you can sew the 2 rows together.  Lay the first row onto the attached sashing and second row with right sides together and raw edges aligned.  Pin if desired.  Sew a 1/4" seam along the edge once again making sure to sew right along the tips of the Burst points.  Press.

And your almost done!!   Lastly, gather your 2 largest seams.  You know where this is going :)   Place them on the right and left hand sides of your quilt with right sides together and raw edges aligned.  Pin if desired.  Sew a 1/4" seam along either raw edge and press.

And your quilt top is completed!!!  Yippee Skippee!!!  Now just sit back and admire!!

 So that's it!!!  Finish your Quilt Top and your assignment is complete!!!  And now you can enter to win the weekly prize :) This linky will also be the linky for the GRAND PRIZE.  See further down for details :) 

The Weekly Prizes are sponsored by the Fat Quarter Shop and a huge thanks goes to them for their support of the Starburst Quilt-A-Long.

This weeks  prize is an Amy Butler Spots Charm Pack!!!  I know you all love polka dots as much as I do :)  

So what do you have to do for a chance to win??  Simple . . . Just link up your Quilt Top at the end of this post :)  You can link to a blog post or a flickr picture, or whatever.  Just make sure to link up by next Monday morning as I will be announcing a winner at the beginning of next weeks post :)

**This linky will also serve as the GRAND PRIZE linky.  Those that finish their Quilt Top or Pillow Top or whatever will be entered to win one of the $75.00 Gift Certificates at the Intrepid Thread.    Quilting and Binding your top is not required for the Grand Prize Linky but will be required to be showcased in the Parade on March 4, just as a little encouragement to keep this top from becoming a UFO ;)  

So  if you don't get your quilt top done by next week you want to be sure and still link up here by March 4th so you are eligible for the Grand Prize.

And don't forget to add your Quilt Tops to the Happy Quilting Quilt-A-Long Flickr group!!!  

And remember - Questions??  Please don't hesitate to send them to me at

I can't wait to see everyone's tops!!   Have a Happy Quilting Day!!

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  1. Melissa, this has been so fun! Thank you for this opportunity!!

  2. I LOVE my quilt - thank you for an exciting quilt along!

  3. I'm so sad! My sewing machine died over the weekend just before I was going to finish this quilt top! Oh well - I'll just stare anxiously at the blocks and count down the minutes until my machine is back from the dr! Thanks so much for this QAL - it's such a great pattern and I'm so glad I got to participate!

  4. OMG! I linked the wrong photo! How do I fix it?

  5. Oh well---I didn't get my top finished in time for the week! :( I still need to cut and add the borders--but with a 5:30am Spin class--I am already up too late!

  6. All the quilts are looking fantastic, well done everyone.

  7. So fun to see all the different interpretations. Thanks, Melissa, for a great QAL. SOOOO nice of you to go to all the trouble. Good Luck to all!

  8. This was so much fun! Thanks for the great QAL!!!

  9. All the tops are AWESOME!!This was Fabulous.Thanks for the QAL and your great tutorials

  10. Melissa, your instructions were very good and the top went together very well. Great job!!

  11. Thank you so much for offeing this quilt-a-long!! I have been fighting cancer for 2 years now and just decided to get back into sewing. I used to love making quilts although I wasnt very good at it! This quilt-a-long really helped get me through my chemo treatments and to stay positive...who cant be positive and happy while creating a quilt?? Cant wait for the next one!

  12. Beautiful, love it! I like the color 3 option best but all gorgeous! Thanks!


Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)