My Cascading Star quilt for the Jaftex Blog Hop


** My drawing is now closed.  I’m sending an email to the winner.

Regina said :This is great -the fabric flip and faced binding are great new tools to take away from this project.”   Thanks for entering all.

Waaay back in June of 2013, I got to play with some fabric from Henry Glass & Co for the Desire to Inspire posts on their blog. They sent me some fabric and I could make whatever I wanted with it. I love a good challenge.

Fast forward to this summer. I was contacted by Henry Glass again and asked if I wanted to participate in a blog hop. Sure. Of course. I am always game to play with fabric.

I present to you my Cascading Star mini quilt. Isn’t she lovely?


They sent me a bundle of Fusion Illusion fabrics from Blank Quilting Corp. (Part of the Jaftex family.) I got to use the bundle and some white textured fabric they sent, to make something for the blog hop. When the fabrics arrived, I knew exactly what I was going to make. This fabric is bright and bold and in a fairly good rainbow variety of colors.

My favorite quilt I’ve ever made has to be my Botanics Star Quilt.


It hangs on my family room wall and I spend a fair amount of time looking at it. When I looked at these interlocking star shapes, I couldn’t help but wonder what it would look like with the legs forming some kind of chain of cascading stars. The interlocking long legs would create a ribbon of stars that meander over a space.

I wanted to keep all the legs of each individual star in the same color so I flipped over alternating legs to use the backside of the fabric to create some dimension. I think it is very subtle but effective in creating distance and dimension. (The leg on the right is the wrong side of the fabric.)2015_08_04_6597

I flipped over some of the background pieces as well, to give a subtle dimension.  Then I laid out my stars into individual stars.


I wanted the legs of each star to be varied and wonky, some of the tips missing even.  That is a big one for me. I normally like order and perfect points. Since I was playing, I wanted to throw caution to the wind and just explore the shapes.

I had made a mock up of how I wanted the mini to look and specifically which leg needed to be long and touching the next star. I referred to my diagram as I made each star. The colors on the diagram were purposefully done so I could tell which leg was to be with the wrong side of the fabric facing up. Each touching leg is a darker color…right side facing up.

cascading stars by Anjeanette Klinder


With all the white in the background, I really took time to think about how I wanted to bind this. I didn’t want a bright color to interfere with the edge of the mini.

faced binding by anjeanette

I figured this was the perfect time to try a faced binding. I love how it turned out.



The faced binding is hand stitched to the back so there are no lines from the front!

I love it and am so glad for the chance to participate in the blog hop celebrating Jaftex.


Now for the fun stuff. Please check out the other blogs for the rest of the month for your chance for some great prizes. Also, if you want to win a bundle of the same fabrics I used, please leave a comment on this blog post. I’m going to put the entries all in a hat and choose one winner October 1st.


September 1 – Kim Diehl guest posting @ American Patchwork & Quilting

September 2 – Pepper @ Pepper at the Quilt Studio

September 3 – Anjeanette @ Anjeanette Klinder *That’s me

September 4 – Leanne @ The Whole Country Caboodle

September 5 – Mark @ Mark Lipinski’s Blog

September 6 – Heather @ Heather Kojan Quilts

September 7 – Heather @ Trends and Traditions

September 7 – Martha @ Wagons West Designs

September 8 – Linda @ Linda Lum DeBono

September 9 – Heidi @ Red Letter Quilts

September 10 – Jill @ Jillily Studios

September 10 – Dana @ My Lazy Daisy

September 11 – Penny @ Sew Simple Designs

September 12 – Ida @ Cowtown Quilts

September 13 – Liz and Beth @ Lizzie B Cre8ive

September 14 – Melissa @ Sew Bitter Sweet Designs

September 15 – Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl

September 16 – Amy @ Kati Cupcake

September 16 – Barbara @ QuiltSoup2

September 17 – Erica @ Kitchen Table Quilting

September 18 – Leona @ Leona’s Quilting Adventure

September 19 – Margot @ The Pattern Basket

September 20 – Sylvia @ Flying Parrot Quilts

September 21 – Lorna @ Sew Fresh Quilts

September 22 – Kim @ Aurifil Threads

September 23 – Rebekah @ Don’t Call Me Becky

September 24 – Julie @ The Crafty Quilter

September 25 – Mary Ellen @ Little Quilts

September 25 – Mary Jane @ Holly Hill Designs

September 26 – Daisy @ Ants to Sugar

September 27 – Melissa @ Happy Quilting

September 28 – Janet @ One S1ster

September 29 – Jenny @ Martingale& Co.

September 30 – Teresa @ Third Floor Quilts

269 thoughts on “My Cascading Star quilt for the Jaftex Blog Hop

  1. Pretty! I like the way the legs of the stars connect. Thank you for sharing and for the chance to win this beautiful fabric.

  2. Looks like tiny dancers gracefully moving across the stage. Change the color-way and it may be stars in the clear winter sky.

  3. Lovely! The stars do shine brighter and the piece is a beautiful object to behold after a long stressful day.

  4. Your Star Quilt looks amazing. i love how the stars seem to float on the quilt. Thank you for sharing and the chance to win these beautiful fabrics.

  5. Love the Cascading Star pattern. Thanks for letting us know how to do the block. My favorite quilt shop is Mabel & Ethel’s in Sandusky OH.

  6. Love your Cascading Star mini quilt – the colors are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your thought process and the great giveaway.

  7. I really like your Cascading Stars and plan to make it for a Christmas gift. I had never thought of a faced binding–thank you for the refresher course! The fabrics you used are beautiful–loving the subtle textures and movement in them! Thank you for an opportunity to win some of them!

  8. Both of your quilts turned out beautifully. I love the way that you thought out the second one using both the front and back of the fabric. Most people would see that as a distraction but you saw it as an opportunity. I have never heard of faced binding. Now I must go and google it!

  9. Your quilt is gorgeous–a really great pairing of fabric and design. And hooray for you, for trying the faced binding. It was the perfect choice for this quilt, and it looks great.

  10. Your quilt is lovely! I like the trails of stars, and can see using it down and entire quilt length – yellow stars with a navy background.

  11. Your star quilt is awesome! I love the idea of stars reaching out and touching each other and it comes across beautifully in your quilt. It’s my first visit here so I also looked at an older entry of yours about your participation in a Denyse Schmidt workshop. You really inspired me to reply back with my feelings about modern quilting, too. It’s a little long, but I hope you’ll read it 🙂 I really enjoy your writing!

  12. I love both star quilts but the Botanics Star is my favorite. I’ve been holding on to some Botanics fabric – maybe this will be my project.

  13. Very nice mini star quilt. What pattern did you use? Would you mind sharing a close up photo of your binding and the back and the quilting. I find those parts fascinating on quilts but can’t see it on your photo. I’d like to make one like this.

    1. It is based on a wonky star. I design my own patterns but this one would be easy to make your own with some grid paper. I’ve updated the post with a close up of a corner of the back showing the faced binding.

  14. I love your design, esp flipping the fabric for added dimension. I am self taught, so any ideas and inspiration are “sew” much help. Thanks for sharing your beautiful design with us.

  15. I love your Cascading Star mini quilt! The Fusion Illusion fabrics are gorgeous! I like your Botanics Star Quilt as well. I love anything with stars.

  16. I love the cascading stars in your mini quilt. Great idea for the dark and light fabric of your stars. How big are the star blocks?

    1. I think each star is 6″. Each finished square that makes up the stars and the star leg started at 2 1/2″ I believe.

  17. The bright colors in the fabric look like they would be fun to play with. Both of your quilts are lovely.

  18. I really like this idea. My daughter’s into astronomy now and I could easily use this to make a constellation pattern or two.

  19. Love the colors and love seeing how others “see outside the box.” Hoping some of the latter rubs off on me!

    1. YES! I think you need to also! It was a neat way to try something different. I will use it again sometime.

  20. I can totally understand why you gaze at your Botanic Star Quilt so much. It is mesmerizing! I do love wonky stars on anything. They make me smile and think of childhood when even wonky stars look perfect.

  21. Cascading Stars is beautiful! I love your technique of using the backs of the fabrics to get the subtle colour shadings that you needed.

  22. What more can anyone say? Your little quiltlet is stunning in its simplicity. Got a kick out of you using the wrong side of the fabric. And the jewel tone colours…I’m speechless.

  23. Thanks for sharing your interlocking star. What an interesting pattern and it would look fabulous in a larger size as well.

  24. Your touching stars are so eye catching. The faced edge creates a feeling of undefined space…perfect for a galaxy of such beautiful colored stars.

  25. Your wall hanging is just adorable. Thanks for sharing the tutorial as well. Nice job, and thanks for sharing the giveaway!

  26. I love wonky stars – such a fat way to make them. Your mini-quilt turned out great. I’ll have to try faced binding – it is really effective in your quilt.

  27. Your cascading stars is wonderful. I never think to use the wrong side of the fabric, but it works so well. Thank you for the chance to win.

  28. What a Grrrrreat Wallhanging! Thanks for sharing how to do! Thanks for chance to win your Give-a-way too! 🙂

  29. The stars give movement and rhythm to your quilt. I love the way they create a visual path through the design.

  30. Two of my favorites! Bright colors and Stars! Plus add me to the giveaway! I love your quilt!

  31. Wonderful. Love the modern look of stars. One of my favorites as well as circles.

    Thanks for the opportunity to try something new.

  32. Cascading stars is beautiful, thank you for telling us how you made it. Using the wrong side of the fabrics is such a great idea! The faced binding intrigues me.

  33. great quilt and the perfect finish was to do a facing – I have a couple of quilts that I hope to finish that was as well.

  34. Love your cascading stars. Thanks for sharing & thanks for the chance to win. And happy anniversary to Jaftex.

  35. Love Love your cascading stars!! It is absolutely fabulous 🙂
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

  36. I just viewed a video on YouTube tonight on how to make the cute stars you made. They look like a lot of fun & yor colors are perfect. May

  37. I love the secondary star points in your design. Your stars are dancing! Thanks for sharing this. It’s a delightful fresh approach to stars!

  38. Wonky stars are also a bit out of my comfort zone but I love your interpretation! I might have to try this myself.

  39. I always love bright colors with white, and your mini star quilt is stunning. I like the variety of texture and leg sizes on the stars. I would love a chance to win these beautiful fabrics.

  40. I love your Star Runner… This would be a great project to make as a gift, especially with bright and cheerful colours! Thanks for sharing.

  41. i appreciate your creativity, and taking it a step further, to write about it. I love stars…always have. I think my next table runner will have to be like this. Thx for your inspiration!

  42. Anjeanette, this is such a gorgeous quilt! I’ve been looking for a mini to make (I’m a beginner 🙂 to practice piecing and BINGO! This will be my first mini and I can hardly wait to start–I’ll give it my best shot! Thanks so much for sharing it.

  43. Star Quilts are my favorite! I would love to have a full size pattern for your Cascading Stars! Star quilts are just happy quilts!!

  44. Love your creation Anjeanette. Your use of the colorful fabrics is so eye catching, and stars are my favorite quilt block. Thank you for your contribution to the hop.

  45. I Love It! Everything from the colors to the design are so eye catching and delightful. It just makes me want to smile. I’ve bookmarked the page so I can go back and really look at it.

  46. I’m not really into wonky or irregular; I’m not an improv-type person. But I have tried it occasionally. But I love your fabrics and colors–I love the tone-on-tones prints and marbles. And I love the interlocking chain design.

    1. Sweet, Regina! You won my drawing for the fabric. I’ll send an email to get your address. Thanks as always for your support!

  47. That is an adorable mini! I just learned what facing was about a week ago. I am intrigued and thinking I may try it myself sometime soon.

  48. I am still dreaming of colorways for your amazing stars. So many fabrics, only so much time. Thanks for the great inspiration.

  49. Is the pattern for this mini quilt available, would love to make one!
    Seriously! it is gorgeous! great job….

  50. Not only do I love the colors of the stars that pop against the white background, but the quilting that you did on the white is fabulous!! I want to try something like that so I can try different quilting styles. Beautiful!

  51. Hi Anjeanette,

    I love what appears to be the meandering motion of your quilt, and the softening effect created by using both sides of this beautifully colored fabric. That gives even more motion! I would be so very happy to win this fabric!!! Love your blog, too!

  52. Lovely and dreamy stars! I like that you were able to materialize into quilt what you had designed in your mind.
    N.snaer at gmail dot com

  53. Your cascading stars are beautiful! It is very cheery 🙂
    Thank you for the chance to win this wonderful bundle.

    ktreve (at) hotmail (dot) com

  54. Your quilt is so creative and original. An interesting binding/facing gives it a whole new look as well. Thanks for the chance to win!

  55. Like the way the stars move on your quilt and I also have been adding the facing method to the backs of my smaller quilts.

  56. I love your cascading stars mini quilt and your use of the front and back of the fabric. I’m going to have to try the facing technique!

  57. I’m really glad you “couldn’t help but wonder” because your cascading stars are absolutely lovely. Love, love, love how it turned out. Thanks for participating in the giveaway and Happy Anniversary to Jaftex!

  58. There have been some great projects on this blog hop and I have visited some previously unvisited blogs so this has been wonderful hop for me. I have seen plenty of eye candy and found some great inspiration.

  59. Stars are my favs ! Love these wonky ones ! Must do this and relly like the colors ! Thanks !

  60. Congratulations on 75 years and that you are still a family business! My favourite local quilt shop is Sewing World. Thanks for the amazing giveaways!

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