Sunday, February 03, 2008

Long live stars!

I"ve been working on my medallion quilt now for about a year. I came to a screeching hault when the next round was "Starry, starry night". I had no idea what I wanted to do. Just regular ohio stars or sawtooth stars just didn't seem to fit. So it sat. And sat. And sat some more. Then during Dec I came across this triangle star in EQ5. This was it! This is what I needed to complete the next round!

So I had made 4 of them for a block exchange I"m in and they went well so I knew I could make them. I cut out fabric for about 30 blocks (I think I need about 56 stars). I started working on them last weekend at the retreat and they were sooo off. The bottoms were about an inch wider than the tops! They were awful! After ripping and playing with about 3 of them I tossed them all back in my bag and gave up. So this weekend I got them out again and tried once more. I figured out the secret to getting them to come out! Thank goodness! These are coming out a bit smaller than the ones I did at camp but the size doesn't really matter since this is a made up quilt and I am going to put spacers between the stars anyway! So I got 8 done! Now that I know I can get them done ok, I'll start working on the stack of cut fabric!

I also finished hand quilting my strippy coin quilt and got the binding on! I"ll hand sew it down tonight and get it washed to get all the chalk lines off. It already is so soft and comfy from hand quilting it! I just love how it turned out!

20 comments from wonderful readers:

Guðrún said...

You will have to keep us updated on how this will turn out. You have been very productive.

Elaine Adair said...

Girl, that center star surrounded by curved? light triangles looks tricky, but you outdid yourself with MORE trickery! Amazing job!

sossy said...

I love the stars, but if you had trouble with them then there is no way I'll get them! They are going to look great on the quilt!

Gypsy Quilter said...

Those stars look very tricky to me. Will you teach us how now?

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Love all your quilts. That first one is wonderful. Looks like alot of work too me.

Lucy said...

I how your medallion quilt is coming!! and wow that must be a good feel that you finished your coin quilt :-)

Libby said...

Wow - those stars are going to be stunning on your medallion - aren't you glad you were stalled until just the right block came along?

Darcie said...

Good things come to those who wait! ;-) They'll look spectacular on your Medallion!

Love your little coins quilt too. That double-line hand quilting is so perfect!

Judy said...

My goodness those are beautiful stars.. just the perfect thing!

Marcie said...

Another cute little coin quilt! Very nice! Your medallion is great and the other stars too. Yes, they do look tricky!

Karen said...

Oh, Dawn, these are so pretty. The coin quilt is so charming. And can't wait to see those stars added to the medallion so far.

atet said...

That coin quilt is darling! I can't wait to see what the stars look like on your feathered challenge piece!

Lea said...

Your Medallion quilt is so beautiful. and your coin quilt is so charming. I love your hand quilting, It's lovely. Gee... I want to make this one! :-)

jovaliquilts said...

I have a real thing for 6-pointed stars, and those triangle ones are lovely! What fun!

Lazy Gal Tonya said...

I know all about blocks that don't come out the right size... that strippy coin is really cute - hurrah and congrats.

Liberty Star Farm said...

I love the coin quilt and wondered about the golden fabric you used for the inside border. I am looking for a fabric like this, but I'm not sure where to look. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,
christine

Wendy said...

The medallion quilt is stunning and those stars have come out fantastic. I love them.

It's so nice to have something handquilted. I don't do that much...almost never. Never enough time for doing it ALL.

Laura said...

I am so glad you figured your stars out. They look so awesome, that quilt is just stunning. You definately need to be writing this pattern as you go along!

Karen said...

The stars will be a great addition to your medallion.

Tracey said...

the stars are gorgeous, dawn! and the colors/fabrics? mmmmmmm! :o)