Friday, May 17, 2013

Summer Stars--Blogger's Quilt Festival

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It's time for the Blogger's Quilt Festival again! Amy over at Amy's Creative Side hosts this parade of quilts twice a year; thanks so much for the work you've put into the festival, Amy! I'm happy to have a brand new finish to share this time. :)

Earlier this week I finished up my Summer Stars quilt and delivered it to my friends with the Seattle Modern Quilt Guild. We are having a star quilt exhibit at Island Quilter next month (starting on June 7); if you are in the area you should go see the quilts!

Summer Stars1
I am thankful for my getting-taller helper. The fence was wet and I couldn't hang the quilt up there like I normally do for photos. The finished quilt measures something like 61"x66".

This quilt is made of 8" and 10" sawtooth star blocks using various new and old orange and turquoise/aqua fabrics. The borders are made from (most of) the half square triangles that were leftover from making the star blocks. I used Kona Aqua colored solid fabric for the borders.

Here's the back:

Summer Stars Back
The Chinese character fabric was exactly the right length so I cut it into two pieces and then filled in the middle with the two leftover stars and some other smaller and bigger chunks of fabrics. The dark turquoise fabric along the top is the hanging sleeve for the show.

I machine quilted swirls in all the stars, like this:
There are 27 star blocks and I quilted a different design in the corner squares of each block. Kind of silly, but it was kind of a fun challenge to keep coming up with ideas.

The following photo shows how I quilted the borders. There are three borders on the top and 2 sides, and five borders on the bottom of the quilt. I did a figure 8 loop for the inner border, circles in the triangle borders, and a double feather in the wider, outer border.
free motion quilting on summer stars quilt 

Here's one more photo of the quilting:
Summer Stars Quilting 
 along with the little section of turquoise in the orange binding. 

Thanks again to Amy for hosting Blogger's Quilt Festival--head over there soon for more quilt eye candy. :)

21 comments:

Barb Price said...

love your choice of colors, very pretty

Jodi said...

I'm in love! This is absolutely beautiful, from the colors playing together so very nicely, to the fabulous quilting, to the orange border with touch of aqua/blue!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Absolutely love everything about this quilt Vicki! My favorite colors, the stars and great quilting! Beautiful.

P. said...

Wonderful! I especially like the figure eight loops in the borders and the swirls in the stars. Beautiful colors in this quilt too!

Elizabeth said...

Eye candy, indeed! I love how this came out Vicki! Such pretty colors! And I love stars. Your quilting is really amazing! I love everything you did! Such beautiful work and what a fun sew and tell for Blogger's Quilt festival!

xo -E

Eileen said...

How beautiful it is, vicki! Love that color cmbo and stars are always fantastic. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

maria said...

Beautiful, I love the quilting and the colours of the quilt.

Laura said...

this a really pretty quilt!!

April said...

Lovely quilt! I love the colors, so soft and cozy.

Gemma@prettybobbins said...

I love this quilt! Great colours, great quilting! Well done on coming up with so many designs for the corners :) thanks for sharing!

Leanne said...

I love the colours in this quilt, orange and aqua and then all the different shades and solids and prints. It works so well and although I am not always keen on borders, your border works so well with the stars. It is wonderful.

Renee said...

What a gorgeous quilt! And the quilting is great, feathered borders are my favorite right now! I love the hst strips too.

Katy Cameron said...

Love the random aquatic themed stars dotted through this :o)

Patti said...

Orange and aqua are some of my favourite colours, and you did a great job combining them. Then the quilting has finished it off perfectly!

Lisaleh said...

There's so much to love about this quilt! The colours, the quilting, the creativity!

CitricSugar said...

My favourite colours! Beautiful job on the quilting - wow.

Quiltin' Jenny said...

Beautiful - especially love that blue! You did a fantastic job on the quilting. Your feathers look spectacular. I just used that figure 8 loop on a quilt and I love the effect it has.

Thanks for sharing.

Margaret said...

So pretty--it makes me happy just looking at it.

Vickie said...

I love the colors you chose !

jeifner said...

This is so fun, I wish I could see it in person. The feathers are my favorite part of the quilting :)

Beth said...

Lovely and cheerful! I'll definitely put Vashon on my calendar for June, so I can see the rest of the starry quilts.