Friday, November 17, 2017

Success............

I got to this point in sewing the top together by mid afternoon.  The bottom part was sewn in 4 sections.  I forgot to take a photo at that point.

A recap of this quilt's thought process:  I needed some busy work to sew on while watching TV on November 1st.  There happened to be a box of 1.5" strips near my sewing table so I just pulled out all of the really dark strips and started pairing a lighter contrasting strip with each and sewed on them for the next 8 days.  I realized really quickly that these little 4" blocks were going to take forever to make this into a decent size quilt so on the 10th day I made some 8" blocks to add in and to quickly increase the size.  On day 12 I found the star block while looking for something else.  On day 13 I tried adding in a 16" block.  From that point on it was all design time and making a few more 4" blocks to fill in. None of this quilt was planned ahead of time.  I was just looking for something to sew one night....

I finished sewing it together last night.  The star block was a tiny bit large but if I had trimmed it the white points would have been nipped off so I just eased it in instead.  I don't bother to name most of my quilts but this one should probably be either "Twinkling Star" or "Star of the Show".  It ended up 39" x 51.5" so it still a rather small quilt.

30 comments:

Maria said...

I enjoy watching the way you can put together a quilt...You made a fantastic "Nap Quilt" .
Today a friend said she'd make a small quilt and it was the perfect size to nap under on the lounge...

hetty said...

It may be small, but it is stunning!

Linda Swanekamp said...

I enjoyed the whole process and the quilt is terrific. Thanks for sharing the whole story.

Paige said...

That star of the show caught my attention! Great job!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love all the changes you made to this quilt over the past week or so - nice!

Debbie said...

A great quilt.....love the overal effect. Thanks for sharing the progression and how you came up with the design. I love it and thanks for all the inspiration.

Beth-near Louisville KY! said...

You 'could' add a border with some simple stars in it... and call it "SHOW OFF"!!! Almost all of my quilts are made in this fashion, although they rarely start with 'busy sewing', rather with the "I wonder if this will work".... starting point and then they grow from there. Although I am not spending much time sewing, (again) new puppy (again).

I like it!!!

patty a. said...

The top tuned out wonderful! Good job!

GO STARS! said...

I love it!

Synthia said...

You are truly amazing!! The quilt is beautiful.

Mary said...

Oh, so pretty and I really enjoyed recap of its creation!

Quiltdivajulie said...

One of my favorites.

LynneP said...

This has turned into a WOW quilt. Lovely.
So nice to see/hear your process from start to finish.

Vicki W said...

I absolutely love this!

Corrine said...

It looks great! Love it!

Hedy Hahn said...

I really enjoyed reading your description of how this quilt evolved. Turned out great, I love it.

Pam said...

Wandaful

JustCallMeElle said...

I really love this quilt and have enjoyed watching the progress on designing it. I have a bunch of 8" 16-patches in turquoises and near colors that I made from hand-me-down 2 1/2" strips. I might have to think about something like this.
Thank you for sharing your progress. It's been fun to watch.

Sewing Up A Storm said...

I really love how this quilt started as just making something into a awesome quilt. Some of my favorite quilts are like that. As long as we begin the process it just seems to evolve into something beautiful. I also love your color palette on this quilt.

Julie in WA said...

I would call this quilt "Peripheral Vision". It reminds me of the tests optometrists use to test peripheral vision; in this case, the star acts as the little red house. I want to look only at the star, but I can see all kinds of interesting things in my peripheral vision! I especially like the addition of the supersized 16 patch found in the lower right quadrant. Superb!

Nann said...

Success indeed! It's a beautiful quilt. Thanks for recapping all the steps. And I like Julie's name for it.

A Left-Handed Quilter said...

Beautiful! Funny how I see the 16" block again - and I don't think you changed a thing - ;))

Kat Scott said...

Love the way this turned out and although it is smallish it would be a great size for a 5-10 yr old. Beautiful color palate.

JJM said...

It may be small BUT it looks amazingly large on screen. Fabrics, are glorious, design is stunning, and I'd like to vote for the name "Star of the Show'" ! (*._.*) An amazing piece to say the least. YOU did it again Wanda !

JJM

swooze said...

The North Star stands out why shouldn’t yours?

Mystic Quilter said...

A great finish and I enjoyed following along with the process. The colours are beautiful, reminds me of being at sea right in the middle of the ocean with a clear, clear view of the stars.

Barbara said...

Definitely Star of the Show! Beautiful.

Kerry said...

I agree - a lovely star of the show. Really like this quilt too.:D

Cathi said...

It may be somewhat small, but it's absolutely fabulous proving that old saying that good things come in small packages! The star just makes it oh, so wonderful to look at!

Mindy said...

I love love love this quilt, especially now that it's all sewn together! I have 15 more working days and then I'm retired. This quilt is definitely going on my bucket list! Can't wait to get started. I know you hear this ALL the time, but you really are an inspiration! Since we're state neighbors, I hope to drive to Illinois the next time I hear you're doing a trunk show. ~Mindy