WIP Wednesday – A new STARt

This is a quick one, but I just wanted to show you where I’m up to with the constellations quilt and ask for some suggestions.

Before anything else I must say that it’s totally inspired by this AMAZING quilt at Kitchen Table Quilting which I saw, loved and just wanted to have. (Sadly I am giving this away, but I’m sure it will be treasured so that’s enough for me. And, as it’s going to my nephew I’ll get to visit it once in a while so it’s not gone forever!)

Anyway …….I finished cutting out the fabrics and I’m winding my way to deciding on a layout.

constellations sharpened

Like I said – Work In Progress – so excuse the bottom for looking a bit ramshackle right now!

The dilemma = which thread colour to use?

I’m going to invest in some Aurifil again as the one spool I have is so lovely, but I’m stuck on whether to use a darker or lighter thread. I’m leaning towards darker, but not sure…..maybe a royal blue type colour? Plus I would rather buy more of an all rounder, then I can use it in other projects.

constellations quilt - close up

Soooo………the question is what do you think?

  • Are there any shades you’d recommend?
  • Dark on light / light on dark….which one’s better?


  • Should I use two different colours one light one dark?

Any advice would be really helpful especially if you know a shade number that you particularily like so I can search it out online. I don’t think I’m going to quilt over the white stars, I don’t know what I’ll do with them, but the rest might be done in squiggles or something!!

Oh…..and one more thing……….backing fabric. I need something soft, was thinking double gauze or minky…..more suggestions please!

Thank you!

Linking up with WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


20 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday – A new STARt

  1. I’m no help on the thread issue (I pretty much always just use white), but I love the way that top is looking! As for the backing, I am just about to try minky myself if I ever get around to it…I don’t know how it’s going to go but I keep telling myself that either way the softness will be worth it 🙂 I have used flannel with great success though for soft and snuggly.

  2. Wow, thanks for linking to me! I don’t know if what I did was the best solution, but I used black thread on the darker fabrics (just the blacks and the darkest blues) and silver thread on the rest of the quilt (Aurifil 2600, it’s my favorite thread color). I didn’t quilt over my white stars with my machine, I hand quilted them with white perle cotton. Minky makes a great backing and so does flannel. I have some double gauze that I’m saving for a quilt back but I’ve never actually tried it out, but I have heard good things about it. I can’t wait to see your finished quilt!

  3. Ha! I see I’m not the only one with an incomplete Aurifil stash, especially in the darks department! Sometimes the neutral 50 wt can be unexpectedly subtle as it’s pretty thin… Tough call!

  4. I would definitely do royal blue aurifil – I think that would look great! This quilt looks fabulous – the white star really speaks to me, I like the idea of quilting it differently to keep it as a standout element.

  5. Looking fabby so far, Amy. Interested to see what you do – have never used Aurifil myself but have heard lots of good things.

  6. Such a cool pattern!!! Sorry I can’t help with your questions, but I read several suggestions for flannel, and just wanted to say that most of the quilts my Great-Grandmother made were flannel backed 🙂 It’s warm in winter, breathable in summer and wears like nothing else! I’m sure your nephew is going to *love* this quilt and that it will get lots of use, and good flannel only gets softer and cuddlier with every wash! I’ve also noticed a lot of great prints out there now, you may be able to find a star-print to fit the theme too, or a nice royal blue. Good luck!

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