Seaside Stars – A Strippy Star Quilt

Sometimes, the perfect pattern crosses your path. This was one of those times! I had a stash of this fabric – I purchased strips, charm squares and fat quarters – to make things for our summer sales on the island. Carole, who blogs at From My Carolina Home, put out this pattern, Oh My Strippy Stars, for free for national quilting month. I was sure it would work with these strips.

Just a side note before we get to the quilt – my blog and mailer are still having troubles. I have spent lots of time on help calls with them, finally got a manager the other day. I am hoping I am coming to the end of the trouble and do not have to move the site, a second time, but I may. Stay tuned.

Put the Quilt Top Together

This was one of my projects for my quilting retreat in April. Even before the retreat, I did some prep work – sorting the strips and cutting some pieces. The star points seemed to take a long time to make but once I got going, the rest went together pretty quickly. Quilting by committee is often helpful and that is how we came up with matching points. It gave some nice order to the blocks. I didn’t worry about pieces getting next to each other too much.

Soon, I had a top, all put together. I really do like the way the background pieces worked out and how the navy really help to make the stars the attraction of the quilt.


I decided to use this pantograph called Wind that is part of the Prostitcher catalog. It went fast but it is a windy and wavy feel, just perfect for these fabrics.

Here is a close up of it on one of the blocks.

I used Superior So Fine #408 Silver for the quilting. You can see it but it doesn’t stand out to much, as it is a pretty busy quilt.

The texture is quite nice with the Hobbs 80/20 batting.

We sent to the backyard for a few shots.

The back is a navy grunge (not sure of the exact color but it works with the ocean theme for the quilt and also gives it some nice texture.

This close up of the back really shows how fun this design is on the quilt. I do have some strips leftover, and will come up with a plan for them. I might wait to see what happens with the fat quarters before I make a decision.

Quilt Stats

Seaside Stars 41.5″ x 41.5″
Thread: Piecing: Aurifil Dove
Quilting Top: Superior So Fine #408 Silver
Bobbin: Wonderfil Decobob #103 Grey
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Pantograph: Wind from Handiquilter Catalog

Coming Up on My Blog

I will publish my farm block on the 21st, so the Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd can go as normal.

Fab Farm SAL – Block 5 (5/21)
Tips and Tutorials on the 22nd (5/22)
Fixing a T-Shirt Quilt
Ships Ahoy

Linking Up

Put Your Foot Down 191
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?
Brag about your Beauties
Finished or Not Friday

Fabrics Stash

Well, I did need a few pieces for a my rainbow houses, so I added some yardage. So, I still am taking in more than I am using but fingers crossed there will be a shift at month’s end!
Fabric in this month: 2.0
Fabric out this month: 4.0
Fabric in this year: 38.25
Fabric out this year: 35.75
NET Fabric: +2.5 yards!

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  1. May 17, 2023 / 6:16 AM

    Pretty quilt and fabrics. The star points look perfect.

  2. May 17, 2023 / 8:53 AM

    Star quilts never lose their appeal! I like your fabrics, and your quilt is lovely! Sorry about the continuing blog issues 🙁

  3. May 17, 2023 / 6:47 PM

    Everything came together so well for this fun quilt. Looks like you were able to get a lot done and have fun at your retreat! I’m sorry to hear you are still having issues with your website. I hope you got the help you need to get everything set up.

  4. Cocoa Quilts
    May 18, 2023 / 7:43 AM

    Beautiful quilt Kathleen. Perfect fabrics too, can never go wrong with grunge. Hope the site is fixed today!

  5. May 18, 2023 / 9:42 AM

    Hi Kathleen! OOOOH! What a pretty finish. I love the fabrics you chose for this piece. I know they were bundled together for you but the placement is spot-on. And that quilting design is fab, too. It really gives the piece some movement. You can’t go wrong with stars, ever, in my book. I feel you about the website issues. I’m there, too. I just gave up adding something to my sidebar. Seriously. I can’t do it and I don’t care any longer. I wasted too much time on trying to figure out what’s wrong. Geez! Happy Thursday, my friend. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. May 18, 2023 / 6:32 PM

    Wonderful finish! You can never go wrong with red, white, and blue!

  7. May 22, 2023 / 6:17 AM

    I love the fabric, pattern, and your choice of quilting design! It really works in a beautiful, fun way!

  8. Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting
    May 23, 2023 / 9:07 AM

    My comment disappeared, so I’ll try again! Super cute quilt, Kathleen! I like how you matched your star points–clever! The whole quilt suits you so well–a quilt made by an east coast live-r/lover!!!

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