Finally Finished: Mini Eclipse Quilt


Eclipse quilt pattern, curved piecing mini quilt by Sharon McConnell

The last couple weeks, I have written about working on this little quilt as my “Quilt in Progress”, so I am happy to finally have it finished! This is a miniature (about 30″ square) of my original Eclipse Quilt (pattern available Here or on my Craftsy Shop) that was featured in Quilt Now magazine back in December. Honestly, I have so many quilts in progress, and a million more inside my head and sketch book, I don’t know what possessed me to re-make this quilt other than that I really love the design. It is a unique way to use curved piecing, which I really enjoy.

Eclipse quilt pattern, curved piecing mini quilt by Sharon McConnell

I also wanted to make something with these large-scale prints that I had in my stash and didn’t really have any ideas for them. I think this pattern is great for showing off the beautiful fabrics. Those floral prints are all from designs by Alison Glass for Andover Fabrics. Initially, I thought about having it professionally quilted, because I really like it and didn’t want to ruin it with my amateurish quilting (not to mention those many other quilt in progress to get to!). But I decided since it is small to to quilt it myself and challenge myself to practice my quilting a bit.

I used Aurifil thread, mostly in cream, but I did use a pink color to match that center star. I also used Hobbs Heirloom batting…just a side note: that batting is so nice for not creasing! I love that it is lightweight and thin (great for quilting), but it also doesn’t seem to hold creases after quilts are folded.

Eclipse quilt pattern, curved piecing mini quilt by Sharon McConnell

The quilting is mostly straight lines (firmly within my comfort zone) around the curves and stars. I wanted to quilt it quite closely for maximum texture and I really like how it looks and feels where there are lots of close lines; but then I got really crazy and decided to fill in the outer open areas with some free-motion swirls. This is where I can get into trouble, but despite some seriously uneven stitch-lengths going on, I am overall quite proud of myself for what I did and got that little bit of practice with free-motion quilting.

So pleased to mark one off my “to-do” list and even more pleased with the result. Thank you for being patient as I have posted quite a bit on the process of this quilt. If you decide to make an Eclipse quilt, be sure and share…tag me on instagram (@colorgirlquilts) or post on the Color Girl Facebook page. I would be interested to see what other variations in color and quilting you might create.


Linking up with Amanda Jean for Finish it Friday

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  1. Chris jurd June 4, 2015 at 10:42 pm

    Great job and good to practice too!

  2. P. June 4, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    That’s beautiful, Sharon!

  3. Margreth June 5, 2015 at 5:25 am

    That’s a great quilt, very nice.

  4. sharon holland June 5, 2015 at 7:55 am

    Beautiful! I also love the prints and colors you chose for this quilt. Nice size for someone just beginning working with curves and developing quilting skills.

  5. Heide June 5, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    Beautiful work!

  6. Kath S June 5, 2015 at 11:10 pm


  7. Wish2stitch June 6, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Gorgeous fabrics and well done quilting this one yourself. Visiting from FIUF.

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