Blazing Star – finally quilted

IMG_20180822_090335_867.jpgWhew!  I am finally starting to catch up with everything that’s fallen by the wayside for the past 18 months. I can’t remember if I mentioned this before, but I decided to go back to my alma mater for another degree. Silly me – I thought as a mature adult, I’d get the work done in half the time and have plenty of “me” time. That never happened, not one single semester, not one single class!  It turns out there are all sorts of people who go back to earn a college degree in their 30’s, 40’s, 50’s – and older which I thought was pretty cool. Some classes I loved every minute.  A couple didn’t necessarily excite me but were required.  But I did receive the official email that I am done and the degree should be back from the printer and mailed to me in about six weeks.

IMG_20180822_090335_870-1.jpgNaturally the first thing I did the minute I finished that last paper was to start quilting! I have a few quilts that have stacked up while I decided what I wanted to quilt on them.  I could’ve finished this one – Blazing Star – a long time ago except I knew I didn’t want to do an all-over pattern…but I didn’t know what I did want to do. This quilt finishes at 99″ x 99″ so there is a lot of room to play with. I had looked at roughly a bazillion lone star quilts to see how the star was quilted.  In nearly all of them, it was an orange peel quilting pattern. That lends itself well to 2″ strips but this star is huge – I think each blade is 3 or 4″ wide.  Once I finally had the star figured out, then the rest was pretty easy.

IMG_20180822_090335_861.jpgI don’t have a closeup of the border here but I knew I wanted to do straight lines in the navy to create the flow that the fabric layout lends itself to. There are 4 different blocks, 2 each, in the quilt so I created a different pattern for each of those 4 areas.  Then I quilted feathers in the large cream squares that surround the quilt.  Finally, the smallest areas – the squares on point and the quarter square triangles in the border – took a lot of time because there were so many of them and since it went literally to the edge I needed to be careful on the sizing.

IMG_20180822_090335_902.jpgI still need to bind it. I’m working on a quilt for a friend and she’s coming over tomorrow to get an update so it will be at least Friday before I start the binding. I couldn’t wait to share pictures though in the meantime.

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. Theresa says:

    Beautiful!

    1. Texas Quilting says:

      Thank you so much!

  2. Mitchell says:

    Congrats!! That is fantastic! My mama got hers at age 60!
    And that quilt is “blue”tiful!

    1. Texas Quilting says:

      Wow! That is awesome! It seems like the more people I talk to about getting a degree the more I find out that there are lots of people who have done this. It’s nice to know I’m in good company.

  3. JJ Crafts says:

    It’s so pretty! Omg! I love the centre and then it gets more complicated but never feels cluttered. Perfect colours too

    1. Texas Quilting says:

      Thank you so much! One thing I was trying to stay conscious of was consistent density of quilting throughout. That’s not the easiest thing to do with so many different areas that I blocked out.

  4. norma says:

    What a beauty!

    1. Texas Quilting says:

      Thank you!

  5. Kathy Reeves says:

    My goodness you have gotten so good with your long arm! Those stitches are looking beautiful. Congratulations on finishing school, I have missed your posts. 🎉💐

    1. Texas Quilting says:

      Thanks Kathy! I admit, I got behind in everything – writing posts, reading others’ posts, sewing, etc. I’m trying to get back into my old routine now.

  6. Wow! That’s gorgeous! Blue is my favorite color, my favorite unit is a diamond, I love the pieced blocks tucked in, and your quilting is beautiful! This quilt hits all my sweet spots and I’m so going to make one! Again, wow!
    Diane

    1. Texas Quilting says:

      Thanks Diane! It’s actually a Craftsy quilt kit from last year so I didn’t pick the fabrics, but I did pick the kit because I liked the colors in it so much.

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