Sunday, 30 October 2011

Amy'sCreativeSide

Everyone is doing it, and I started to feel a little left out - by my own doing - so thought it was time I joined in the very popular and excellent Bloggers Quilt Festival hosted by Amy over at Amy's Creative Side. If you haven't had a look then it is so worth the visit to see an array of such fabulous quilts all together in one place. It's such a fabulous way to realise that you have managed to sit at the computer for a couple hours straight without realising it you were enjoying blog hopping so much.

For the festival I am going to revisit my favourite quilt of all time, not just for this year. For those of you who have endured its creation - sorry, but I couldn't resist. And those who know me also know that I am talking about my Wonky Stars Quilt. It started with my sorting my scraps one day and having a play. There was no grand plan, just messing about.


I posted about falling in love with making wonky stars and a friend in Finland read the post. She fell in love too and asked if I could make her a quilt with these stars. I said yes. Any excuse to make a quilt after all! I produced stars of varied sizes, each sticking with one colour per star.



I still didn't  have the foggiest idea how I was going to piece them together. I just made stars. Eventually I had enough and after pondering - because I am good at pondering - I came up with this.



I added a border, sticking to the scrappy theme, but left gaps in it so future quilting around the stars would not be lost.



Layered and basted it, and got out the perle cotton. How I love my perle! Each star got quilted in the same colour as the star.



I FMQ all around the stars, in a loopy design but did the quilting on the border differently so that it stood out well on the very plain back.



Eventually I ended up with a quilt I loved - and couldn't keep because it was promised to a good friend. It was heartbreaking, but very satisfying to be able to send it off to Finland knowing full well it was going to be well loved. I can always make another one for myself after all. And I just might, some day.





Thank you for letting me revisit this quilt, and if you dropped by here from the Bloggers Quilt Festival, thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed seeing my quilt.

Susan

44 comments:

  1. Ooooooooh how pretty!!!!!! Wonky stars are too cool and the stitching around each is such a nice touch!!!! Great quilt :o)

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  2. Your quilt is outstanding. I love everything about it; your friend is on lucky gal.

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  3. What a beautiful quilt. I'm sure it will be treasured for years to come.

    I have a wonky star quilt on my someday quilt list. They really do sparkle.

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  4. It's wonderful! I love the mix of hand and machine quilting! Wonky stars always make me smile.

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  5. Now I need to try wonky stars! How hard it must have been to send this one away. You just have to make one for yourself!

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  6. This is now your signature quilt! Brilliant x

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  7. You just inspired a beautiful idea for all my rainbow charms. Thank you so much. This is beautiful!

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  8. This is an awesome quilt. I just love wonky stars, have only recently been experimenting with them myself. The handquilting adds an awesome little touch to this one. :)

    Heather (another Canadian, though not abroad!)

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  9. I think wot I love more than anything is the complete lack of planning... lol stunning.

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  10. Stunning! I'm a total suck for wonky stars. And your border is just the perfect balance with all the white background!

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  11. it was this quilt that also made me fall in love with wonky stars!

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  12. I will never tire of seeing this inspirational quilt! Jxo

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  13. Fabulous, just love how each star has its own colour.

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  14. It`s a beauty Susan and I really mean that - you are the queen of stars!

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  15. What a wonderful star quilt!!

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  16. I love the bright fabrics that contrast so nicely with the white. I love your quilt.

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  17. A very beautiful quilt...I love how you quilted it....

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  18. Nice collection of stars in a lovely quilt. I'm crazy about wonky stars too. I've used them with crumbs and still have quite a few left to use, in a box.

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  19. Gorgeous I love everything about it!

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  20. Thanks for showing us this one again - I don't think I can get tired of seeing it - perfectly lovely!

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  21. Terrific quilt! Fabulous quilting: I just love how you mixed in the perle cotton.

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  22. Greetings from Hungary. I love the asymmetrical quilt. The colors are beautiful. Very nice work. Fine in stapled

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  23. Such a gorgeous quilt. Love the wonky stars and the rainbow of colours. Have you been listening to the kids again though? 'Everyone else is doing it...' ;o)

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  24. I love the scrappy look even though each star has it's own identity colour.

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  25. Oh Susan, I just love this quilt. It is SO pretty! The white background just makes those stars shine :) Great job!

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  26. Of the quilts you've made this one is my favourite too. It's just so pretty I am going to have to make one for myself - it's on the list for next year. (Along with many many others)

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  27. This is a very pretty quilt! I think I need one of those too! Lovely!

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  28. Such a happy quilt! its beautiful!

    x

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  29. I LOVE this quilt! Is it the rainbow? is it the scrappyness of the stars? is it that they're all different sizes? hmmmm I think it's all of that stuff:) x

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  30. Such a gorgeous quilt Susan - your stars are so perfectly wonky, and I love the colourful border!

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  31. It's beautiful Susan, I can see why that's your favourite. I love the handquilting detail around the stars!

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  32. I love your quilt! The stars are fabulous and especially your hand quilting! :o)

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  33. This is one of my favourite quilts ever. Its so purty :-)

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  34. I love this quilt so much and never tire of seeing it! Great choice for the BQF!

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  35. pretty quilt. love the quilting!

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  36. I love this quilt. I think I am "piggin' sick" jealous of your friend.

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  37. This has to be one of my all time faves! Gotta make me one of these! :)

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  38. Very sweet quilt. Love the binding fabrics and the quilting around the stars.

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  39. I Love the wonky stars and the hand stitching around each one! Lovely!

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  40. I love it, but you already know that :)

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  41. Wonderful wonkiness! Love me some wonky stars and yours are just so fun in two sizes. The perle cotton quilting is perfect and your fmq too.. Love the combo...gotta try that. Thanks so much for sharing and have a great day

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  42. Hi Susan, this is one of my all time favorite quilts of any quilt, anywhere, ever! It is in my favorites on flickr and am so happy you entered it in the festival. I'm glad I finally found your blog too :)

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