Monday, January 30, 2023

Scrappy Sparkle Punch

Soooo.... after finally finishing my wonky stars quilt top, I hopped right to creating a pieced quilt back, and really enjoyed it! I'd found yardage of red and white stripes to use as the main fabric, and combined it with several holiday prints and a few of the leftover Christmas scraps

Remember, I'd used the Sparkle Punch pattern by Elizabeth Hartman for the scrappy improv stars, and the quilt top measured 60" x 72" - a generous lap-sized quilt.

With the #wonkystars a variety of colors, it made sense to coordinate quilting thread with the background, a mix of grays. Aurifil 50wt 2600 [Dove] seemed perfect as I quilted a simple grid. With the finished quilt blocks measuring 3" square, the quilting plan made for medium-density quilting. It felt like enough for this particular project, and I confess, I was able to quilt the whole thing in under three hours - pretty much a record. And also a relief, after the weeks that went into piecing. After that, several hours of hand-stitching the Kona Silver binding was the perfect reward.

I'm curious what you think about the use of various grays in the background. Due to the fact that I kept adding in more choices the further I got on the quilt, there are a lot more darker values of background in the bottom half of the quilt. Personally, I kind of like it, and think it 'grounds' it nicely. At any rate, I am pretty excited to have this one complete before month's end! AND all ready to use and enjoy during the next Christmas season.


  1. I love the various background shades of grey. It keeps the eye moving and is more interesting than just one fabric. Being in the same color family gives it unity.

  2. Wow, under 3 hours to get it all quilted? That's awesome! I would have savored those moments finishing the binding, too (it's still my favorite part of making a quilt). I like the variations in the background fabrics, I think it adds to the interest and 'sparkle' of the quilt. Congratulations on the finish, I know in the middle there you wondered about it, but it seems like in all it came together rather quickly!

  3. Congratulations on your super finish! And I think the greys in the background are perfect they repeat the winter, holiday look going on and make the sparkle shine brighter.

  4. What a fun quilt! Now I want to make one.