Thursday, February 7, 2013

Star quilt progress

I am loving this quilt.  While it is taking longer than I thought, (don't they always take longer than we think they will?) I  am enjoying every aspect of the quilting progress.  I have put many of the things I learned on the Road into practice while quilting this, and I can see progress in my own quilting.  Here are several pictures to share with you.
Showing off the ditch work, and the before quilting shot.
The after shot.  I love how the texture shows up in the angle shots.


The star design was inspired by my class with Jamie Wallen at Road.
 All feathers were done freehand, so they are all different.
 The general pattern of the feathers is the same, but I added variations to them.  I just felt that with so many feathers, if they were all exactly alike, things would look too predictable, and it would loose interest.


An overall shot.

Here is a tip I learned at Road from Dawn Cavinaugh when doing feathers as fillers or in a border.
Pick a direction you like to work with.  I like clockwise, so that is my new standard.  All the feathers in each individual block spin clockwise, so I didn't have any feathers going backwards.  This is helpful when doing feathers in a border also.  I have done feathers across the top of my quilt from left to right, gotten to the bottom of the quilt and repeated that same direction, so that somewhere I have feathers running into themselves.  If I now stick to my rule of having feathers move clockwise, when I get to the bottom border I will stitch the feathers right to left.  This "rule" also saves confusion if you turn your quilts to do your borders. Apply the same principle when turning your quilt, always turn it the same direction.

And on a completely different topic, but just for fun here is Micah and her baby brother Zeb.
Micah's mom asked her to get a toy for Zeb to look at.  We think she picked the toys that could look at Zeb.  All the cars have faces and they are all facing Zeb.

Thanks for reading and sharing my quilt journey.  I appreciate it.

Esther

15 comments:

  1. Wow Esther that is looking amazing!

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  2. This is turning out gorgeous. Can't wait to see it all complete. Nice work!

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  3. Simply gorgeous! You have really outdone yourself.

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  4. Esther, I love the before and after shots. Your quilt is looking gorgeous! Regards,

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  5. Love all the quilting designs you used on this one. And enjoyed seeing the process in stages...just keeps getting better!

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  6. WOW that is lookiing fantastic. Great tipabout the direction of feathers. Thanks for sharing it.

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  7. Your quilting is beautiful. I took a class from Jamie last October and learned so much. I think he is a great teacher. Your feathers are great!

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  8. This is just gorgeous! The pattern is wonderful and I love the quilting and the way it highlights the pattern.

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  9. Wow to your quilting. I love how the spins of the feathers make a circle. I hope you are keeping that one for you!

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  10. What beautiful quilting! I love the effect of the double-spine on the feathers and the channeled pebbles in the narrow sashing.

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  11. Best quilt ever! Job well done, Mom.

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  12. Wow! Love how the double spine creates a circle around the stars and the pebbles in the sashing. Great tips. Road really paid off as it shows in your quilting. Gorgeous!

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  13. I love the stars quilt, where can I purchase the pattern and do you machine quilt for others? So glad I found your site. Love the tie quilt also. Everything is lovely. Margaret

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  14. This quilt is awesome! I found you on pinterest while researching an idea for a quilt of valor. I love your work. It turned out that both quilts I used for my inspiration were yours. This one and your this quilt makes me happy flower quilt. You can see the quilt I made here (http://notyournormalsteam.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/quilts-of-valor-2-stars-of-valor/). I gave you credit for my inspiration.

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