Irish Stars Top Complete

On Wednesday…

I did not work in the garden.

I did not vacuum.

I did not do the dishes.

I did not do laundry.

I did not read a book.

I did none of these things.


What I DID do was assemble the Irish Stars Quilt top.


When there are 323 blocks constructed primarily of 1-1/2″ squares, it is slow going.


Seemingly tiny mistakes matter, and have to be picked out and done again.


But, in the end, it is worth it!

30 thoughts on “Irish Stars Top Complete

  1. This turned out beautiful Deanna.
    I am the same about those seams. One is off, the rest are a struggle to match, and that sometimes….. bothers me
    I love this quilt

  2. Deanna!!! OMG!! I have been waiting, not all that patiently I admit, for you (and Susan) to get this pieced together. I know I’m going to have to make one because I just LOVE this pattern. LOVE it. Could it be any more beautiful?? No, it could not. And it’s huge and scrappy and fabulous. I assume scrappy because I can’t imagine planning the fabric placement or having an exact layout in mind. ~smile~ Roseanne

  3. Absolutely Beautiful!!!! Someday I’ll make one, it may take me a few years but that’s ok. Thanks for the eye candy! Can’t wait to see how you quilt it. Happy Stitching!

  4. It is enormous, and beautiful. Very much of a good thing. It looks like you kept all the colors where they belonged, too! Congratulations, happy dancing for you.

  5. The Irish Stars is beautiful!!! You even went beyond what I what have taken the time for—placed all of the blue blocks on the top and then rows of green hues to separate the red toned stars…. Kudos to you!!
    Mine will be totally random when I get to that spot…I will be too exhausted to “make a plan.” GOOD JOB!!!

  6. It felt like reading a Dr. Seuss book the way you started it. I LOVE the quilt and the chain blocks look great. Doing the star colors on an angle also is great. Can’t wait for the directions so I can do the chain blocks first.


  7. Beautiful quilt!

    On Fri, Jul 12, 2019, 7:05 AM Wedding Dress Blue wrote:

    > weddingdressblue posted: “On Wednesday… I did not work in the garden. I > did not vacuum. I did not do the dishes. I did not do laundry. I did not > read a book. I did none of these things. What I DID do was assemble the > Irish Stars Quilt top. When there are 323 blocks c” >

  8. Deanna, This is beautiful… As I am looking at the pattern that I printed, I do see a mistake ( I think). In part 2, you mention that—-if using 2”squares, that I will need 169 blocks for a queen size. I have not counted but it seems like a drastic decrease from 369 blocks if using 1 1/2” squares. Forgive me if I am wrong.

    Another question…I like to use Deb Tucker’s method and Wing Clipper ruler for making flying geese. You suggest the “stitch-trim-flip” method. Is there a particular reason why? I have not tried making the star yet but was hoping to use a method that I am familiar with.

    Hope to get at this quilt next. I have been cutting for a year and have a tub full of 2” leader enders.

    Thank you so very much for your tutorials…you are a life saver when I am too tired to think. I do love your work and certainly enjoy your enthusiasm .


    Sent from my iPhone


    1. 1. Yes, I am confident on the block size. The area changes drastically from using 2″ squares and 1-1/2″ squares. A finished block based on 1-1/2″ squares is only 5″. When using 2″ squares, it is 7-1/2″. Yep, twice as large.

      2. I used the stitch-trim-flip method to keep the cutting directions uniform. When working with the very small pieces (1-1/2″ squares) I find the results to be more consistent. I am certain the ruler will help you if you are comfortable using that, but might require a rewrite of the directions. I haven’t used that ruler before and do not know how to guide you in this case.

      3. Be brave! You can start sewing chain blocks any time you feel ready. They add up really fast!

      Let me know if there is more I can do to help.

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