September 2021 OMG Finish

My September 2021 One Monthly Goal was to make a throw-size Christmas North Stars quilt for my sister-in-law, Sharon. When I visited California in July, I showed her the pattern, and she chose the muskox, the foxes, the reindeer, and the bear but requested it be a brown bear instead. We decided to use a muted Christmas palette of some dark and olive green, red with a tinge of brown, cream/brown, gold, and taupe/grey.


Below is my initial fabric pull that included fabrics from Tim Holtz’ Christmastime collection that captured that palette perfectly (I especially love the Christmas Carol fabric that I used in all four blocks), supplemented with several Essex Linen fabrics, and some fabrics from my stash. Moments after I snapped the photo I added additional fabrics from my stash, and there are several fabrics in the photo that I didn’t use. My favorite add-on fabric is the cardinal fabric that I fussy cut for flying geese units in the bear and foxes blocks. My background fabric is Essex Homespun Silver and the sashing fabric which is subtly different than the quilt background is Essex Homespun Charcoal. I love the texture of these fabrics, but they definitely fray easily.


Here are close-ups of all the blocks in the order I made them:





I sent the quilt top and some grey minky fabric off to Jessica who has quilted a couple other projects for me. She is on Instagram as @sugarmillquilts. It arrived safely yesterday, and I can’t wait for her to work her magic on this project.

I’ve started to read some posts about binding quilts that have a minky backing. I’m wondering if you all have any tips for me? Have you sewed the binding on both sides with your sewing machine (which is what I’ve been doing lately) or have you had more success with hand-stitching the binding on the minky side? It does seem that a wider binding would work better than a narrow binding.

Linking up to Elm Street Quilts: September 2021 OMG Finishes.

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7 Responses to September 2021 OMG Finish

  1. If you follow Nancy (Grace and Peace Quilting) she has some great tips on self-binding with Minky. I haven’t tried that yet, but I have a baby quilt that I might use it on.


  2. The quilt top looks wonderful. 🙂 I have not put on binding with a minky backing, but a bit wider does seem like a good idea. Another idea to consider is that after sewing down the binding to the first side (whether on the front or back), to sew around the perimeter with an 1/8″ seam allowance to help flatten the bulky area that the binding will have to wrap around. I’m sure however you choose to finish it (all by machine or by hand) it will be wonderful!


  3. Stephanie Sinden says:

    I use Minky or Fireside a lot. I cut my cotton fabric binding strips at 2.5” for these thicker fabrics. I machine sew into the back and them flip and machine sew onto the front. I have a “ditch” foot for my walking foot and I place the metal piece right at the folded edge and move my needle position a little to the right. So I am topstitching just inside the binding. Let your machine do the work of getting in the correct position.
    This kind of machine binding works even better on Minky than a traditional cotton backing because the stitches sink into the plushness. Especially if you use thinner thread (Aurifil 50wt) or 80wt bobbin thread.
    Hope this helps. You can have a throw bound pretty quickly. Just be careful not to have a super hot iron linger on the Minky. But I do quickly press the binding away from the Minky before folding it over.


  4. I don’t have any tips, but I do have praise! I love the way you fussy cut those cardinals and how they are placed in exactly the right position in the flying geese – that takes planning. This is an awesome quilt. The animals are just precious, and I would sit and stare at the carols on the hymn fabric! I may have to find that pattern. Can’t wait to see it quilted.


  5. That’s such a beautiful quilt, Mary! I love the animals and all the detailed parts of the blocks. Great colors, too! I have backed one quilt with minky, and sewed my binding just like with every other quilt. Machine stitched to the front and hand stitched on the back, and it worked. It sounds like there are many ways to do it, though!


  6. rl2b2017 says:

    Hi Mary! Those little cardinal fussy cut blocks look so sweet. The whole piece turned out great! I haven’t done anything different when I’ve had a Minky backing but I hand stitch all bindings. I look forward to seeing this complete and to see what pattern Jessica uses for quilting. Happy Monday to you! ~smile~ Roseanne


  7. Patty says:

    Love that bear! Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and congrats on your finish!


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