Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mini Lone Star



I made this mini Lone Star quilt with scraps from my full Lone Star quilt (which y'all will be seeing again tomorrow--you're not sick of it yet, right?).  But this time I used a fat quarter of pink quilting fabric instead of the random crappy pink fabric.  Better results this time for sure!

This quilt is a belated birthday gift for my friend Alexis (shhhh I haven't given it to her yet!)--she was my first Mommy friend after my son was born in 2010.  She's been a great shoulder to cry on, ear to rant to, and confidant through all of Mommy-hood's trials and errors.  She's also loaned me her home for the birth of my daughter, arranged vacations, babysat for me more times that I can remember, and helped us move.

So when she said I could give her my Lone Star quilt as her birthday and Christmas present for the next like, ten years, it got me thinking of making her something similar...since I'm not quite ready to part with the full size one.  And I had some scraps from the full sized one that I couldn't part with either...cue the seam ripper.

Carnage, I mean leftovers, from the full sized star quilt.
I chose one of each fabric that was in the best condition, then steamed/starched it the best that I could.  Unfortunately the diamonds were still a bit wonky, which meant the whole star/quilt ended up a bit wonky.

Those ragged points are destined to never match up!

Kona Charcoal border.

Pink!  A do-over, of sorts.

 Have I mentioned I'm on instagram yet?  No?  Oh, okay well I'm @quiltsnfeathers over there (there's a link with my other links at the top of the page).  So far I really enjoy it!  Fun way to quickly (assuming my stoopid windows phone app works correctly) share/save little bit of my life.

I used some lofty poly batting I found at the thrift store years ago.  Perfect for wall hangings.

Quilting to help hide the defects, and a few things I didn't get to do on the other quilt.

For the back I used this pretty fabric from a scrap pack I got maybe a year ago.



And then today I got it in my head to just finish it today--I gotta get back to the Starry Night quilt tomorrow, and just wanted this one to be done!


Maybe I should have added alternate hanging corners so it can be hung the other way?  Oh well, that's what thumb tacks are for.

I totally meant to use a different thread color for the quilting on the star (and maybe everything), but forgot to change it...and then it was too late and I liked the effect well enough.   I used Presencio thread in black--usually I would have used my black Superior So Fine, but I'm trying to finish up the spool of Presencio that I got at a LQS a couple of years ago.  I used the same thread top and bottom to avoid tension issues, and because I couldn't think of anything better for the back.


I'm really glad I made this quilt this week, I think it helped to rejuvenate my mojo.

Quilt labels.
Hopefully it is an acceptable consolation gift!  I'm pretty sure she'll like it :-)

Bound with Kona Charcoal

I'm linking up with Quilter in the Closet and TGIFF!

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21 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! I always love what you do with the contrasting thread! It really does make the project :)

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  2. What a lovely gift. I love the idea of using a quote on the label, too. Is the label written in pen?

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    1. I used a pigma pen from Amazon, or just as frequently a fine tip sharpie. If I write a whole quote I will back the label with interfacing to stabilize it while I'm writing--and I heat set the ink with my iron for a minute or so.

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  3. I am blown away by your output AND creativity. You have little kids and still have enough space in your life to not only think of great ideas, but to accomplish them too (albeit over time). I'm gobsmacked by your Starry Night project. Congratulations about all of it!

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  4. I am blown away by your output AND creativity. You have little kids and still have enough space in your life to not only think of great ideas, but to accomplish them too (albeit over time). I'm gobsmacked by your Starry Night project. Congratulations about all of it!

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  5. This is just beautiful -definitely an acceptable birthday gift. Have a fabulous weekend.

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  6. That is just so pretty! Love it!

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  7. This is incredible! Absolutely striking! Love! :)

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  8. Beautiful quilting and thanks for sharing your process

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  10. Oops, here is my comment,
    I like the contrasting thread and quilt design. It looks like you had fun.

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  11. Looks great! And sounds like it's going to a great friend.

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  12. you are seriously so freaking talented friend. I LOVE your work and I still don't know how you do it. I am trying to channel my inner Renee. I really need her to come out. NOW. :) This is lovely!

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  13. So amazing! What a wonderful gift!

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  14. This is seriously beautiful! Stunning quilting and. Gorgeous quilt. I love the story too! Thanks so much for sharing the process and linking up! :)

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  15. Beautiful! The quilting is amazing. Mommy friends are so important.

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