Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Quilt Number 24 . . . . .

Out of all my finished quilts this is my second most favorite. I'm not really a pastel person, or a purple person, but for some reason those were the colors I picked and I still like them.


The pattern name is "O My Stars Quilt", I named my quilt "My Feathered Star Quilt", I know not very clever. It really deserves a better name.

This is a nice queen size quilt, 89" X 95".

This pattern is from a Leisure Arts Book, Stars in a Twinkling. I didn't notice until I started writing this blog, this book doesn't list a designer....how odd, someone had to come up with this pattern.
Here's a secret when picking out a medallion style pattern. If you have plain borders between each pieced border, you can make adjustments when your blocks don't end up being that perfect required size.

I started making this quilt in a class. For two different afternoons we worked on the center block. It was a nightmare, the chairs were about 6 inches too low for the sewing tables, the irons were worthless and there was no room to spread out. Plus those little triangles making up the feathers, they were a horrible size, something like 1 and 7/16ths of an inch! So I get it done and it's not a pretty sight, nothing I would want to spend the time and effort putting 8 borders around.

After mulling over my options I decided to make the center star again, at home, in the comfort of my sewing room, with the large sewing space and comfy chair, that's the right height. I'm so glad I did, it took an entire day but it turned out much better. So the center feathered star in this quilt was my second effort.


I was thrilled with the time and effort the quilter put into this quilt.


She did a different pattern in each border.


After I made my new center star, I decided I was done with the class. I did check in every now and then to see how the others were progressing, but I sewed the rest of it at home.

This is post number 98, I'm getting closer to my 100th post! I hope you're able to come back and check out my most favorite quilt and my giveaway.
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22 comments:

  1. I can see why you love it. The colors are so soft and pretty, your precision is excellent, and the quilting is expert. The diagonal lines in the white really showcase that star. Beautiful!

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  2. That quilt is drop dead gorgeous and way prettier than pictured in the book! You did a great job choosing colors!

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  3. It is just beautiful...your piecing is out of the world and the quilting is just amazing!

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  4. I have loved every one of your quilts and can't wait to see your #1 favorite!!

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  5. I ADORE this one! It's Hartfield isn;t it? The fabric. Very soft and pretty, but not really pastel, just a soft but rich colour.

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  6. i've been to the classroom from hell, too - and i went home to rip and redo, groan and throw away, start over and love it, too ... really, really lovely quilt - i LOVE the purple!

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  7. A true beauty - I can see why it's near the top of your list of favs.

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  8. Feathered Star is one of my favorite patterns! Beautiful.

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  9. So pretty Thelma. Isn't it a shame when a classroom isn't set up for optimum sewing? It can just ruin a wonderful experience. Good for you for cutting your losses and working in the comfort of your own home!

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  10. I've been following your blog for some time now, but have never left a comment until today. This quilt is drop-dead gorgeous! If this is your second favorite, I can't wait to see the first. I am off to eBay to find this book.

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  11. That is very pretty, and a quilt that shows off your skills. A feathered star medallion quilt is on my quilting bucket list but not happening this year, probably.

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  12. What an awesome quilt - beautiful work! Dori

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  13. Thelma,
    What a gorgeous quilt! The colors are beautiful and the quilting is wonderful.
    You do such beautiful work!
    Blessings,
    Donna

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  14. I like to take classes but I always sew at home. I have a hard time concentrating and keeping focused in class. Your guilt is beautiful and the colors just make it POP!!
    Ladybug

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  15. I'm so excited! I'm trying to remember what your favorite quilt is.....

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  16. All I can say is "WOW!!!" Beautiful!!

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  17. Thelma, I am both a pastel AND a purple person so this quilt really 'speaks' to me. It is truly beautiful. Your class sounds very much like the first quilting class I ever took. It was my very first quilting experience too and after the 3rd week of a 10 week class, both my sister in law and I started leaving our supplies at home and just stopping in the class to see what was going on. The instructor was usually no where to be found. Our quilts are King sized Amish Star Spin quilts. I think it was the fact that we had never made a quilt before that helped us to not be intimidated by the project. Also like you, we did better work at home even though we were just flying by the seat of our pants. I haven't taken a class since, but I probably should. Thanks for sharing your wonderful treasure with us. Wow, post 98...almost there!

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  18. Your quilt is beautiful. I made the same one in blues several years ago. You can see it here: http://blackberrycreek.typepad.com/photos/my_quilts/blue_quilt.html

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  19. Your purples in the quilt is really soft and soothing. It has a very inviting look, it is easy to love!

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  20. Christine Thomas, NapaFebruary 3, 2010 at 12:20 AM

    Very pretty...and I agree -- if this is the 2nd favorite, I wonder what #1 is.

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  21. I love it. Feathered stars are a pain in the behind, but they are absolutely stunning when you get done with them. Yours included. Great job on ditching the class and doing it yourself at home. Way to take a stand. :)

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  22. Thelma, this is stunning!!!! I love the purple. The quilting on this is incredible as well.

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