My Sea Star Sampler . . .

. . . is back from the longarm quilter! Here’s a glimpse of the front:

This photo was taken by Karlee at SewInspired2Day, who has quilted several of my quilts. Karlee’s photo turned out better than the one I took inside today so I borrowed it (with her permission) from her Instagram page.

There’s quite a bit of negative space in my Sea Star Sampler, especially in two of the three large blocks that finish at 18″ square, so I was looking for a quilt design that would look good in the background without distracting from the sampler blocks. The motif we settled on is “Embellish” by Quilts Complete, and I must say I like it a lot! In keeping with my theme of selecting fabrics evoking the sea, you could almost say the quilting looks like swirling water.

Here are a few close-ups:

The simple pieced back features just two fabrics:

The trimmed quilt measures 60½” square. I have just enough left of the purple fabric used in the 6″ curved Atomic Star blocks to make the binding. I’ll be back with photos when the binding and label are finished.




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6 Responses to My Sea Star Sampler . . .

  1. Catherine Wilson says:


  2. Vickie Rooks says:

    Love this quilt. Isn’t it grand that there are people out there designing quilting patterns that envoke just the right feel we are looking for? Hats off to all the makers!

  3. Bridget says:

    Love it and love seeing your progression in quilts. Isn’t it funny how gradually we change our style? Means I need to sew faster! lol

  4. Diane says:

    It’s beautiful, everything about it! I love the curved Atomic Stars!

  5. Diane says:

    Dawn, I have a question, I read your single fold binding tutorial and love it! I’ve done a form of it, (but not like this exactly)….what size seam allowance did you use to initially sew the binding to the quilt? Thanks!

    • Dawn says:

      Hi, Diane. The seam allowance is always the same as the finished size. So if I want a 1/2″ binding, my seam allowance will be 1/2″ also. On my tutorial, I actually have a little chart showing the formula and sample sizes:

      This is the basic formula: finished width of binding x 4 + ¼”
      — for ¼” finished binding: cut strips 1¼” (¼” x 4 + ¼”)
      — for ⅜” finished binding, cut strips 1¾” (⅜” x 4 + ¼”)
      — for ½” finished binding: cut strips 2¼” (½” x 4 + ¼”)

      Caveat: the loft of the batting can affect this formula so be sure to test on a quilt sandwich made from layered scraps and your batting before cutting binding strips.

      My tutorial is at this link:

      Hope this helps! — Dawn

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