Sunday, June 2, 2013

Lone Star Quilt finished!

I started this quilt 3.5 months ago, and am so happy to have it finished!  It was one of those projects that snowballed from small, fast and easy to small, lengthy and challenging!  But I (mostly) love the way it turned out, and am excited to enter it in the state fair in August.

It measures 34 1/4" square.  The grey is Kona Charcoal.

The stars were made following Better Off Thread's tutorial.  I bought a design roll (only 12 strips of fabric) of Amy Butler's Alchemy just to make a star for fun.  I thought I was going to make a little wall hanging, but then I realized I had enough fabric to make 1.5 half(ish) stars.  So I decided to put a half(ish) star on the front and back, and quilt it to be double sided.  I used two layers of batting for the first time (warm and natural and some 80/20 scraps I had).  I added the hanging sleeve in the binding so that either side can be displayed (see my tutorial here)




Feather Plume quilting inspired by Angela Walters.


Detail of the mariner's compasses (I drew that out first following Green Fairy Quilts tutorial)--the sun is shining from behind it.

My biggest, and really only, regret is choice of fabric for the pink side:

Do you see all those shadow-y lines?  Ignore the spots, they are just raindrops.

The pink fabric is some hand-me-down fabric from a friend.  I'm not a pink person, but love how well it worked with the pinks in the star.  Since I was just planning on this being a little fun quilt (and not a show quilt), I didn't think about what kind of fabric I was using.  I'm sure it's some sort of poly/cotton blend.  I have no idea why the seams turned grey, but it is very frustrating and disappointing!  Makes me want to purge all of the questionable-quality fabrics from my stash and only get the good stuff!  Lesson learned:  don't use the thin, cheap-feeling fabrics for quilts.  Just don't!

This is my favorite part of the back!  

I love the curved part, and the half feathers!  They were inspired by this quilt.

A little harder to see with the pink thread, but still adds nice texture.

The only thing I haven't figured out is where to add my name and the date.  I think I'll write it somewhere tiny on the pink side.  And then I plan to hang it in my sewing room until August!  On to the next quilt!

74 comments:

  1. Definitely some blue-ribbon quilting. So intricate, and small, and perfect! Don't sweat that back too bad, it's a shame to lose your pretty back patchwork when you hide the back but you won't see the fabric flaws too often, I think.

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  2. This is amazing. Seriously. I love how you can just change it when you want to see the other side :) Would love to have a tutorial on putting that sleeve in the binding! How DO you do that?!

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  3. i can't even. where to start? i.love.this.quilt. seriously. first, my favorite fabric. best use of this line. renee, this quilting is beautiful! where did you learn to do this?! it's truly phenomenal. love.love.love.

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  4. Awesome! I hope you do well at the fair.

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  5. Your quilting is just stunning. When you stop and start do you bury the stop and start ends or do you just do several stitches in the same place then cut the ends of the threads off?

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  6. This is stunning! Both sides are gorgeous :)

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  7. That's amazing! I dont see the issue on the pink side. I looked really hard and I see "shadows", but they look like they are supposed to be there. Maybe it is something you can see live and in person, but we can't. Either way, I think its pretty fantastic, shadows and all. :)

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  8. The star is beautiful (love that line) and your quilting is amazing!! What an amazing finish. Thanks for linking up :)

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  9. Just gorgeous Renee! Your quilting is stunning as always!

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  10. I had to go back and read some of your older post to determine if this was done on a frame or regular sewing machine...I am impressed!!! Your really improved in a short time. I'll be watching your progress.

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  11. Oh my lands...this is breathtaking! Beautiful quilting and so creative. Fantastic job.
    Amanda

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  12. This gorgeous! I am envious of your quilting skills.

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  13. Awesome quilt - now, you made me REALLY want to make a lone star quilt!!!!!

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  14. An absolutely awesome quilt! You are very talented! Good luck at the state fair! I'd also love to know how to put the hanging sleeve in the binding! :-)

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  15. I look forward to seeing it at the state fair ... with a ribbon hanging from it. What a beautiful quilt.

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  16. Wow! That is beautiful!!! I love the grey side!

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  17. The quilting is breath taking! Did you put the sleeve above the binding?

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  18. WOW, your quilting is absolutely gorgeous.

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  19. Oh my goodness me, it's amazing!!! Wow!!!!! If this doesn't win a rosette at the fair then I'll eat my hat! (Well, maybe not..!)

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  20. this quilt is just amazing! I love everything about it- the lone star is stunning and the quilting is so intricate! by the way- I don't know if I would have the bravery to make a lone star like that and then slice it! :)

    -Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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  21. Absolutely incredible! I have total quilt envy!

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  22. Perfect State Fair Quilt! Hope you win!

    I am often guilty of using fabric that isn't quality just to use it. Good advice, I'll try and listen.

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  23. Wow - its beautiful! Keep up the good work.

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  24. Gorgeous! Your quilting is really beautiful.

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  25. It turned out so beautiful and I am in love with your quilting! I often wish I had done intricate quilting in the negative space on my original Lone Star. I'm glad you enjoyed the tutorial.

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  26. Wow, that quilting is fabulous! I love it so much! I'm sorry the questionable fabric was doing weird things for you. It still looks great, though!

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  27. Fabulous quilt! You deserve a blue ribbon for sure! Keep us posted.

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  28. Your quilting looks AMAZING! Wow!

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  29. It is a wonderful quilt. Thanks for sharing with us - I don't think I would have got to the State Fair to see it:)

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  30. Absolutely gorgeous! Isn't it funny how quilts evolve from what you thought you were making when you started? Good luck at the Fair.

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  31. Wow. That's incredible.

    Thanks for sharing & good luck @ the fair!

    www.rocksandchickens.blogspot.com

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  32. I don't think I've ever seen anything like this!
    I love stars. the first quilt I fell in love with was a star quilt (way more traditional, of course) on the guest bed at my grandma's house. it was a wedding gift from her aunt.

    too bad about the seams. pooh! but it's a winner, anyway. live and learn.

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  33. OMG that QUILTING! Amazing. Inspired. Brava.

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  34. This is such an awesome quilt! I love that it's double-sided! That's just genius. And your quilting of it is so fab. I sent a pic of it from the BAQS page to my husband when I saw it yesterday. Can't wait to hear how it does in the show (and, anytime you learn something is a win regardless!). This is one hell of a win!

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  35. This quilt is absolutely marvelously done friend!!!!! Outstanding job on the quilting!! I hope it does VERY well in the fair. Did you trace the feathers on the fabric or free hand it?

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  36. Oh my goodness!!!! What a fabulous quilt!!! Absolutely amazing, and I really, REALLY love the way you worked the two sides to be complimentary. It's a gorgeous pink for it - too bad it shows its seams that way, but I'm glad you're not letting that sway you from entering it at the fair! Your quilt's a blockbuster. :D

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  37. I love it - it looks wonderful and so creative.

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  38. Awesome job and congrats! This quilt is beautiful in so many ways. Good luck with the fair!

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  39. Your work is absolutely beautiful. I'm glad I stopped by and I will definitely come again.

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  40. Wow! I love everything about this - the half stars, the fabrics, colours, quilting, binding, the lot! Good luck in the State Fair. It's a Blue ribbon from me.

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  41. That is such a beautiful quilt!

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  42. I hope you are entering this somewhere other than a state fair - it is so stunning! The quilting is blowing me away. This is surely worthy of greater competition than a state fair.

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  43. Wonderful. It really is worth entering it somewhere in addition to the State Fair.

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  44. This is so beautiful! Good luck at the fair!

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  45. wow! awesome quilt! did you mark any of it or is it freehand? looks to perfect to be all freehand, if it is - you are the master:-)

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  46. Fabulous! And all those fun swirls and feathers!

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  47. I agree with everything my predecessors said
    I'm speechless!

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  48. This is an incredibly beautiful quilt. The quilting is amazing. I see what you mean about the shadows, but it'll be all about lighting and angle. Honestly, they'll be so distracted by the quilting, they won't even see the seams. Awesome job!

    I say you do the great purge. I've been quilting for 15 years and I had to do the great purge to get rid of questionable fabric too. You'll love the extra space!

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  49. I'm speechless at such a master work!

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  50. I'm in awe. freehand? RUFKM? beautiful job. Yes, get rid of the crap fab... it's a weakness in many a fine quilter.

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  51. just beautiful! just found this site & i'm blown away! good luck at the fair- you are an amazing artist! :) thanks for sharing (new inspiration!)

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  52. Absolutely fabulous! You need to get this baby into as many shows as you can. Did you quilt it with a long arm or domestic machine?

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  53. Never mind - just saw your answer on your sidebar. Way to quilt it yourself on a domestic machine. I'm a big advocate for that :-)

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  54. This totally amazing and great to see it finshed, good luck at the show!

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  55. Wow this is amazing Renee!!!!! You are one talented lady.

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  56. I only came across your blog recently, but every single quilt I have seen of yours is lovely. You make absolutely beautiful quilts!

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  57. Stunning! That quilt is simply stunning.

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  58. This is absolutely amazing! Beautiful work!

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