Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Giant Pink Star Quilt

I am very happy to say I have finally finished this giant pink star quilt!  I hope you came for a picture show.


I was commissioned to make this quilt as a celebration for beating breast cancer.  After talking with my client about what she wanted, she sent me this quilt as inspiration. I chose all the pink fabrics (some have pink cancer ribbons printed on them) from Fabric.com.  The white-ish is Kona Oyster.

I set the ribbons on point so they would sit nicely in the corners.

I used this tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co to piece the ribbons.

I quilted in the ditch around the ribbon, then FMQ the outer large circles, then the loops outside of the circle, and last the pebbles around the ribbon.

I love how the ribbons stand out so nicely!

I love how they turned out!

The back turned out really nice too!

I kept careful track of the size, intending for it to be a queen size (about 86" x 93"):

Quilt top: 90" x 96"
Post quilting: 87.25" x 92.5"
Post first wash: 83" x 88"

So it ended up a little small for a queen, however I am very happy that the star sits beautifully on a queen mattress:

I designed the star to be big enough to sit just on the top of the bed (and not hang over the sides).


While it was on my bed I thought the juxtaposition between it (my most recent bed quilt) and my first bed quite interesting.


The fabrics on my first quilt (from 2009) were hand-me-downs from my mom and various FQs from Joann's.  It's gone through 3(!) bug infestations and numerous hot washings and dryings.  And at the old house it got a lot of direct sunlight, especially in the winter and afternoons.  It has faded significantly, and is a testament to keeping your quilts out of direct sunlight, avoid over washing them, and buy the best fabric you can afford!

My first quilt--a simple all over meander next to some crazy big feathers!

I really enjoyed the quilting on this quilt, especially the big feathers.



I have a tutorial on how to quilt those peacock feathers here.

I used 2+ large spools of Aurifil 50wt in Blossom Pink (#2530) for all the quilting.  It's wonderful shade of pink, and went beautifully with all the fabrics.  I love how the quilting adds a dusty pink feel to the white space.

Unfortunate shadow.  But I love how the quilt just glows! 


I meant to keep track of how much time I spent on this quilt (I started it exactly 2 months ago), but my husband accidently deleted my log on the computer and I gave up.  It was a lot though, I'd guess it was at least 20 hours on the quilting alone. Around 10 hours on designing, preparing and piecing the top, 2 hours on basting, at least 1 hour on trimming/squaring, 1 hour on post-quilting (burying threads, etc).


I chose a scrappy binding using all the pink fabrics from the star, and put them in the same order as the star.


I used Carolyn Friedlander's Crosshatch widescreen in Grey for the backing.  I really like the way it looks with all the pink thread!

I just love how the feathers look on the back!

Label from TagsToGo on etsy.

In addition to those in my side bar I'm linking up with:
Fresh Poppy DesignNeedle and Thread ThursdayLAFF - Richard and Tanya Quilts

34 comments:

  1. This is so gorgeous! Those feathers are all kinds of amazing. The loops add such fantastic texture. I love the back and the front. You go! Great job. I'm sure the recipient will cherish it.

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  2. Amazing, as usual.
    I hope you love quilting, because quilting loves you. I don't know how much you charge, but, so long as you are keeping it under a million dollars an hour, I can guarantee you are worth every penny :)

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  3. Oh my gosh Renee, it's breathtaking! I bow down to you and your quilting awesomeness! It's glorious!
    This will be cherished forever and passed down for many many years to come! Wonderful job :)

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  4. This looks amazing, Renee! I hope your customer loves it. :) I really like your stats on how the quilt shrank - looks like around 8% overall from the initial size. I think I am pretty consistently getting 8-9% shrinkage. I am definitely going to have to keep that in mind if/when I really want to make a quilt to fit/sit well on a bed size. I love how the star sits perfectly on the top of a queen size bed. The quilting on this is so yummy and adds so much to the quilt - the pale pink glow it gives the top is just awesome! So, umm... 2 spools of large aurifil? Holy smokes, that is a lot of thread. I bet you put at least 20 hours into that!

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  5. It turned out beautifully! I'm sure whoever is going to get it will love it!

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  6. This is beautiful - I especially love all the quilting in the circle around the star.

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  7. This is just fantastic.Spectacular quilt and quilting!

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  8. It's gorgeous. I love how you've quilted it. So much inspiration xx

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  9. Wow! That is a lovely quilt! I'm sure the customer is pleased!

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  10. This quilt is amazing. I love your quilting. My mom is a survivor and I'm sure would love something like this. Those quilted feathers are pretty amazing! I've been in the market for tags, what are your thoughts on these? Do they wash well?

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  11. whoa! It is beautiful! I especially like the center and feathers.

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  12. Far out - your quilting is amazing! Love the way it makes the ribbons stand out and they sit so perfectly on the corners when the quilt is on the bed ... such a beautiful finish :)

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  13. You have done a magnificent job Renee and it looks wonderful on both sides. I wouldn't be surprised if it took you even longer than the hours you have estimated - so much work.

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  14. What a labour of love! Such beauty! The feather quilting is extraordinary. I love the design. The size turned out just perfect! Congratulations on a magnificent finish!

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  15. Beautiful quilting on this piece. Just lovely!

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  16. it's beautiful, I'm sure she will treasure it always

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  17. Beautiful quilting and quilt. That sure shrunk quite a bit, mine don't usually shrink that much. Is that normal?

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  18. It's so beautiful! I really love the circle around the star. It adds so much oomph to the finished quilt!

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  19. You, my friend, are the master. This looks amazing and I enjoyed every single picture! The peacock feathers are wondrous as ever!

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  20. Ditto to what Jessica said!! WOW! Just WOW! Going back to look at every picture again!

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  21. so beautiful, I love the quilting!!!

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  22. Just super duper feather-tastic!
    Esther

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  23. Congratulations on your wonderful pink finish! I like the pink thread on the white fabric in your quilting.

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  24. Wow! Amazing work! Congratulations! I am surprised all this quilting only took you 20 hours!

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  25. Wonderful! I love every part of it!

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  26. First class effort! Fantastic, well done!

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  27. Oh how lovely. The quilting is beautiful. Gorgeous quilt.

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  28. Beautiful quilt and your quilting is fantastic!

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  29. What an amazing quilt. Your feathers are just breath taking. You are certainly a quilt artist.

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  30. Really really fantastic. I absolutely love all the pink! It should be very well received and loved. Thank so much for taking us along on the journey!

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  31. Seriously impressive. Planning the star so it fits just right on the top of a bed was genius.
    Your old quilt had three bug infestations? What? What sorts of bugs like to infest quilts??

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  32. Wow, this is amazing on every level! What a work of art!!!

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  33. Renee! This is fabulous! I can't even imagine how many hours you spent quilting it!! I am sure it will be well loved
    ~Tracy

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