The quilt is a Lone Star pattern from Quiltsmart.
What started out as a shop sample never made it to the sewing machine until after the shop was closed; I had only managed to cut the rectangles needed for the fusible interfacing and we blew through the fabric so fast, there was no need to make the top. I had thought about using it as a sample for a class, but ... I didn't like the technique. I mean no disrespect to Quiltsmart because I believe their method is great for people who do not want to tackle traditional techniques for certain quilt patterns; i.e., double wedding ring, etc. I'll make a double wedding ring quilt when I purchase the dies for my Accuquilt Studio cutter. I've purchased a diamond die and will make another lone star quilt using it.
Fast forward about 3 years to July 2010 and I was attempting to finish up some UFOs. I spent a sewing day at LeiLani's and we both worked on our Lone Star tops. LeiLani's was beautiful in purples, red violets, blues and turquoise; she had the large one:
|Crummy photo, don't know what happened here!|
I couldn't decide if I wanted to finish the top with or without borders. All of the fabrics were from the Poetry Collection designed by April Cornell for Moda, and I had very little left. Imagine my surprise when during the Wichita quilt shop hop back in October I saw not one, but two bolts from the line (one was on sale!) and I snatched up both and purchased two yards of one and a yard of the other.
On New Year's Day I took the quilt out of its bin, looked at the leftover scraps and the purchased fabric, and decided to take the scraps to make a scrappy border and used the purchased fabrics for backing and binding.
|Side borders attached|
|(Bad, bad lighting)|
|My favorite part--sewing down the binding!|
|Now, I love it!|
The quilt will be shipped off to little Louisa on Monday, and I hope she uses it for a long time. If her parents will allow it, I'll post a photo of Louisa on the quilt.
Batting - Pellon Nature's Touch
Threads - Top: Superior Threads King Tut Sunstone
Bobbin: Fil-Tec's Magna Glide Delight Lemon Ice
This is my first finish for 2015--I've been tracking my completion dates for quilts and this is the first quilt I've finished since August--six months! Too long...
Now, off to the next one...