I chose Starry Evolution because it's all mine - pattern, fabrics, quilting. Even though this palette isn't really "me" anymore - this quilt was completed in 2005 - it still makes me happy to look at it. I was inspired by quilts in Alex Anderson's Simply Stars book and decided to make a star sampler using the fabric in the corners as a focus and going from there. The "evolution" in the title refers to the fact that this quilt was pieced over a period of about 4 years, beginning when I was an absolute quilting rookie. My skills developed as the quilt came together and the quality of the piecing reflects that.
The quilt is entirely hand-quilted, and there's a bit of a funny story there. As incentive to get the quilt done, I entered it in my guild's biannual quilt show, and when I registered the quilt, I ambitiously indicated that it would be hand-quilted. As you do when you're the President of the Last Minute Club, I left the quilting quite late and very quickly realized it was going to take a really. long. time. Much longer, in fact, that I had spare time between the Moment of Realization and the submission deadline.
So I did what any self-respecting quilter would do: I used a week of holidays and spent the entire week preceding the deadline hand quilting that sucker. And after all that, the intricate Celtic symbol I chose for the border got completely lost in the fabric. You can barely, barely see it. Aaarrggh. But the quilting is quite good if I do say so myself.
Lousy closeup of motif in border.
This quilting isn't bad!
I haven't dared hand-quilt anything since, but that still makes me smile when I look at this quilt, which lives on the wall in our living space.
Thanks, Amy, for hosting this Festival. It's my first one and I am so very happy to participate!
Pretty wall hanging!ReplyDelete
very cute quilt! I love it! And I do luv a quilt with a good story! Well done!ReplyDelete
(I, too, have a very dog-eared copy of Simply Stars. Not for the patterns, but for cutting measurements and for general reference when putting triangles together. It is a great book.) Happy quilting!
I love stars! Your quilt is awesome!ReplyDelete
Like your colors and the way you did the borderr. Very pretty.ReplyDelete
I just love star quilts. I've been wanting to try hand quilting, I don't think I'd do one in a week though! Just an amazing quilt.ReplyDelete
Beautiful quilt I loved the color combination.ReplyDelete
Beautiful! I also have Simply Stars and a mixed star quilt is on my to do one day list! Wonderful quilting too!ReplyDelete
Beautiful quilt! Stars are one of my favorites.ReplyDelete
Very pretty! I love the colors. And where do I sign up for the last minute club?ReplyDelete
Good for you! Now you'll always have a hand-quilted treasure. :) I love it!ReplyDelete
Just love Star quilts. I also have that Alex Anderson book, LOL. Glad to hear you perservered getting the hand quilting done!ReplyDelete
Beautiful, i like the colors what you chose:)ReplyDelete
This quilt is beautiful! And hand quilted, wow. I love the colors and stars...ReplyDelete
This is beautiful! I love the muted colours - I always seem to pick brights - and I love that you hand-quilted it. What a daunting task!ReplyDelete
Charming quilt! Love the sense of excitement!ReplyDelete
Love the different star blocks.ReplyDelete
This is gorgeous! I love the browns that you used and your hand quilting is amazing! I am in awe!ReplyDelete
Love stars. It looks great hanging on your wall because its so visually appealling.ReplyDelete
From one Felicity to another... love the pattern!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing Starry Evolution! It's great to see the variety of star blocks you used. I'm impressed with your dedication to hand quilting - I haven't taken vacation time specifically to quilt (yet!).
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Lovely collection of blocks, beautiful fabrics and color. Excellent job!ReplyDelete
very, very nice. not my colors, but it's such a great and well-done quilt. nice you can showcase it in your home!!!ReplyDelete
Beautiful! I can see why it makes you happy. Great design.ReplyDelete
My husband is an amateur astronomer and loves stars- I think your pattern is terrific- and I like the limited palette. It works wonderfully well with your design.
Thanks for sharing this gorgeous piece..
Regards from Western Canada,
It never ceases to amaze me how just the change of fabrics and colors can instantly change the whole look of patchwork quilting! GREAT quilt!ReplyDelete
A beautiful quilt. Really stunning colors. Thanks for sharing.ReplyDelete
It is a quilt to treasure! I love the neutral color scheme you chose for the stars.ReplyDelete
Lovely quilt. A shame all that beautiful hand quilting doesn't stand out better.ReplyDelete
great quilt-love the double stars but I thought I was the president of the club. Taking time off to meet a quilt deadline-sounds about right.ReplyDelete
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Haha! Great story about the handquilting! (I would do the same thing for sure.) Love what you did with the border.ReplyDelete
I just love this quilt! I'm tend to enjoy a more modern look for quilts, but I am in awe of the beautiful work you did here. I particularly love the look of the different sized stars. I can see there is some symmetry but the smaller stars add a look of randomness. Really excellent work. And I hope someday to have the patience to hand quilt, but I'll be sure to schedule myself plenty of time.ReplyDelete
Lovely quilt I like stars too : )ReplyDelete
That is a good looking quilt and the quilting story is classic. :-)ReplyDelete