Sunday, August 4, 2013

It's the Confetti Baby.

A month or so ago Elizabeth Dackson (over at Don't Call Me Betsy) put a call out for pattern testers. I practically jumped out of my chair I was so excited.

Elizabeth is a super star. Her paper piecing patterns are amazing. Have you seen the Lucky Star Block of the Month? You can still sign up here

I felt like I had won the lottery when Elizabeth asked me to test her Confetti Stars pattern. This quilt pattern can be made in baby through king sized and she has instructions for a "modern" quilt with lots of negative space and a "traditional" quilt with more stars. That is like getting at least two patterns!

My cousin just had a little boy, so I figured I would make her little boy a confetti quilt (for the record this is a traditional layout baby sized from the pattern). I am not going to give you any sort of pattern review here, 1.) I was testing the pattern and 2.) It is a superb pattern, you should all just make this quilt. No paper piecing experience necessary, she walks you through the whole thing.

Can I make a secret confession? 

I love my cousin; she is awesome sauce. She got married in October and we couldn't make it to the wedding... I thought I might just send her a baby quilt out of the blue (98% sure she does not read this blog). 

I want to think of it as random act of craftiness. Can you imagine getting a package one day unexpectedly and finding this quilt neatly wrapped up? 

The quilting is not perfect and I had some basting issues, but this is real life and a baby is going to be playing on this, so imperfections are part of the love. Also, Tessa at The Sewing Chick taught me her method for machine binding up in the mountains. Y'all we need to peer pressure her into writing a tutorial. This method changed my life (well, my quilt finishes). 

Are you reading this, Tessa? I love you, friend.


Quilt Stats:
Size: 36" x 36"
Pattern: Confetti Stars by Elizabeth Dackson (to be released in mid-August)
Fabric (the ones I can remember easily): Pearl Bracelets, Madrona Road Haystack, Lotta Jansdotter, Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie and Camille, some random cross weaves, and some Kona. 
Quilting: Free motion infinity, pieced and quilted with Aurifil thread.
Finished: July 2013

P.S. - For the record, I tested this pattern free of charge because I liked it. I just got a copy of the pattern from Elizabeth and gave her my notes. All opinions of awesomeness come from my heart. 


  1. It looks great! I love a good scrappy background and the bit of orange in the binding. What did you use for the back?

  2. Thanks Sarah, you are the bestest!! Your quilt is just gorgeous and I know your cousin will love it!

  3. OMG random act of craftiness is the best idea ever!!!! Your cousin is going to drop when she sees this come out of the envelope! So cute - love your low vol background. Agree with you on Elizabeth's paper piecing - it is awesome. Tessa - please share your binding method, I love to machine bind!!!

  4. This quilt is gorgeous - love the quilting on it. My favorite is the red star. :) I'm sure your cousin and baby will love it, and if a quilt was perfect, it just wouldn't be a quilt. :)

  5. That is so awesome! I love it! I'm so glad you enjoyed working through the pattern, I know I sure do appreciate your feedback, it's so helpful when polishing up a pattern. I will absolutely let you know when it's all finished up!! Thank you :)

  6. Would love a tutorial on the manner in which you sew on your binding -- please and thank you!
    They look "stuffed" are they?

    1. I will try to peer pressure Tessa, because unless she writes the tutorial it will be totally messed up. If we can get her to do it I will totally link up to the details here. The stars are not stuffed here, the might have a little bit more texture because of all of the seems or it might be sort of an optical illusion, they sort of seem 3D, which it pretty cool!

  7. Looks wonderful Sarah! What a lucky little guy! Great finish!

  8. That quilt is Fabulous! your fabric choices are right on, I'm sure she will love it.

  9. Looks like a super fun pattern to test. And it sure is going to be a very nice surprise. Who doesn't love fun mail?


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