Starlight Quilt in Lilly Belle


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Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.
A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

Sometimes there are times we require a great deal of patience…and this was a quilt which demanded not only patience but a little faith that it would ultimately come together. Nearly everything that could go wrong went wrong – not enough fabric, a faulty pattern, problems getting it to lie flat while pinning, screwed up tension on my machine while I was doing the free motion quilting part of the quilt. I stuck with it because I love this fabric. It is from the Lilly Belle collection by Bari J. Ackerman for Art Gallery Fabrics. The hand on this fabric is super soft and smooth. It drapes beautifully. So despite all the mistakes, the less than perfect sewing…I am not dissatisfied with the end product.

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This quilt measures 75″ X 75″ which is perfect for a twin bed or it could be “cheated” onto a double bed if layered over a larger quilt top like one of these. It is machine pieced and quilted. I used a combination of straight line quilting to quilt around the stars and squares in squares, then free motion quilted in the empty spaces using a variety of stitch patterns.

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I pieced the back using left over fabric, plus some large cuts of some of my favorite prints in the collection.


I also hand embroidered a label doing it somewhat free-hand and keeping it simple.


In the end, I have a romantic, French-inspired quilt to cuddle beneath…worth all the struggle, for sure!



This quilt counts toward the First Quarter of the 2013 Finish Along – original post here.


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  1. Beautiful – I love the colors!

    • paula on March 3, 2013 at 17:10

    It is beautiful! Despite all your problems, the fabrics and design really shine! Congrats on the finish!

  2. I love the colors in this one. It turned out beautiful in spite of all of the difficulties.

  3. Beautiful, and the close-ups really show off how well it’s made.

    • Lorelie on April 3, 2013 at 14:39

    I am sewing this quilt pattern now. I should say, attempting to make it! I chose different fabrics which is adding to the difficulty. I have to say, the pattern is one of the MOST DIFFICULT to interpret that I have ever ever ever come across, and I have been quilting for years! I searched for a review of this pattern and am glad to see that the problems are not all ME!! I will get this thing done for a grad gift in June if it’s the end of me!

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