Friday, 29 October 2010

Bloggers Quilt Festival

Amy's Creative Side - Blogger's Quilt Festival
 
Look at me, two posts in one day! I just knew if I didn't get this one done today I would probably forget and miss the deadline.
 
I'm showing a quilt that I blogged about fairly recently for two reasons. Firstly its one of the only ones I've managed to finish off this year and also because I'm so pleased with how it turned out.
 

I made the wonky stars out of Jessica Levitt Timber using scraps from another top I was working on and Kona coal. I then decided that I would use them for backing for that other top but when this one was all finished it seemed too good to just be a backing and after some feedback from my blogging friends I clicked my fingers and it was a top in its own right. Funnily enough the other top still hasn't been finished, its on my to-do pile along with a lot of others!
 
I love making wonky stars as they are so stress free, no need to worry about things matching. And they look so good with very little effort. The backing came from stash and the colour worked well with the front.
 
However the key thing I worked on with this one was the quilting. More to the point, scary difficult "Free Motion Quilting"! I challenged myself to really go for it as the quilt wasn't that big, 36 x 52 inches. And I quilting and I quilted and I quilted. I did different quilting in different parts of the blocks! First time for that rather than an all over squiggle!
 
 
Its far from perfect but I was so happy with how it turned out. Much much better than I thought it would when I started. But it was a lot of work, a lot of thread went into this little quilt! I lost track of how many times I changed the bobbin.
 
 
I even used up scraps for the binding and yes, I machine stitched this on, I hand stitched my first couple of quilts and then decided it was too much like hard work and am very happy with how it comes out after I practised it for a while.
 
This quilt still hasn't really got a name other than "Timber Grey Stars" but very few of mine have, nor does it have a label yet, but one day... maybe....

15 comments:

live a colorful life said...

Fun, fun. Great fabric. I'm glad it turned into a top instead of a back!

Lynne said...

Wonderful quilt - I have to say you don't see Timber used very often and it is soooooo beautiful- did you get it from Mandy?!

linda said...

cool quilt. love the quilting

quiltilicious said...

Unbelievable amount of quilting - I take my hat off to you!

Michelle said...

What a fun quilt! It's interesting how the project grew from another and became a favorite. Your quilting looks awesome.

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

This is one of my favourite quilts. I love the colours and the wonky stars. So glad it ended up being showcased as a quilt in it's own right!

Just beautiful.

Cynthia L. said...

I have never really thought of using grey in a quilt, but this is stunning! Your quilting is really good too. Thanks for sharing this with us again!

Carol said...

Pretty fabrics. Nice to see grey being used.

Allie said...

This is a beautiful quilt - love the wonky stars and the colors and the quilting is WONDERFUL!

Karen said...

Just wonderful. It sounds like this quilt was a real breakthrough quilt for you. Its lovely.

Angie @ CraftedAngles said...

beautiful stars!

Kate said...

Love the colors, it makes the quilt look so soothing and restful. Great quilting!

Sandra said...

What a lovely peaceful quilt. I especially like how some of the stars float on the background while others are highlighted with lighter backgrounds. Thanks.
Come see my 1890 antique schoolhouse quilt and
black/white/pink scrappy miniature

Vicki said...

looks great! I love the Timber fabrics.

Eileen said...

hi, from another lefty!! your quilt is wonderful. absolutely love wonky stars, too and in good measure because of the stresslessness of it all, but wonky is just so fun! your quilt seems so peaceful to me and think the color must be part of that, but your quilting is fantastic--so well done. thanks for sharing and have a great day