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Saturday, October 27, 2012

My Blogger's Quilt Festival Fall 2012 entry


Pointless Lone Star
Measurements: 86 x 86 inches
Special techniques: No set in seams. Now that's special! Strip piecing.
Quilted by: Maggi Honeyman of Texas
Best category: Bed quilt
Pattern: Shades of Grey by Sarah Fielke from the August/September 2011 Quilters Newsletter magazine. Pattern can also be found here at Sarah's website.
My husband asked me to make a quilt for the wedding of one of his friend's. I thought I'd use the couple's favorite colors as a starting point, and then I found out they were purple (him) and pink (her). Hmmmm. I happened to see the pattern for this in Quilter's Magazine. It looked like it could be a fast and simple quilt with only four really huge blocks (36 inches square) and no set in seams, and I'd substitute a plain border for the pieced one. 


I pulled some pink and purple prints, and used them to choose the fabrics for the blocks. The original pattern duplicated fabrics and placement, but I didn't have that kind of yardage in my stash, and I wanted a more scrappy look so I made each block different. I was able to use fat quarters for the two rounds of inner diamonds, although I had to piece a couple scraps together to make a couple of the diamonds. When I was selecting fabrics, I needed some math skills to figure out which ones I had enough of for each round of diamonds, and that dictated some of the fabric placement too. I used a wide variety of fabrics from batiks, wovens, plaids, stripes and dots to novelty fabrics.


When I finished the blocks, I decided I didn't like the prints I had planned for the borders so they went on the back, and I went to the quilt shop. The navy and teal print I found has a pattern of birds and hearts on it, perfect in color and motif for this wedding quilt.

Maggi Honeyman did a wonderful job on her longarm. The setting triangles, which needed to read solid to balance the busyness of the star fabrics and give the eye a place to rest, seemed a little too boring compared to the rest of the quilt. Maggi fixed that by quilting special designs in those spaces.    

This was a fairly easy pattern, but probably not a beginner one. Especially if you switch it up like I did and have to recalculate yardage. For tips on making these kinds of points match, check out this post.  

I wanted to share this because I like seeing different takes on the same pattern. Seeing a quilt done in different colors and fabrics can make you fall in love with a pattern you hadn't given a second glance at before.

A big thank you to Amy for hosting the Blogger's Quilt Festival.

14 comments:

CitricSugar said...

Gorgeous! And thanks for the tip links!

straythreads said...

stunning!! ann

Patchwork and Play said...

This is a striking design! There are lots of interesting details to look at..

Lynn said...

Beautiful quilt and I love your touch of plaid in one of the blocks. I'll bet the bride and groom fell in love all over again when they saw their gift!

Alison said...

Very pretty! Thanks for sharing!

Simply Sandy said...

This quilt looks so complex. I'll have to check out the pattern. What a special gift for a new couple. Beautiful!

Quilting Babcia said...

This is a great quilt - what a lovely gift for the couple.

pratima said...

It is absolutely gorgeous! Beautiful work!

Carol E. said...

Fabulous quilt!!!!! I hope the newlyweds appreciate this work of art.

Little Island Quilting said...

Spectacular quilt design

purduepam said...

Love your color and pattern choice.

Candace said...

I love this quilt. What a lovely gift. Great fabric choices. The border is fabulous!

Rachaeldaisy said...

I love the rich colours you have used in this quilt. Such a great pattern.

Nana said...

Great quilt. Love the colors.