Sunday, 16 January 2011
The Christmas Star Quilt is finished!
If you remember, a few posts ago, I asked for help with machine quilting this quilt, which was made with the help of The Quick Christmas Bee. You were very generous with your advice and I got lots of ideas, especially from Marg, Lynz, Deeroo, Shayla Sharp and Sue SA. Thanks so much girls!
I had bought myself a walking foot so I thought I better use it and leave the Free Motion Quilting for another time. I just quilted diagonal lines all over the stars, lined up along their 'spiky' bits.
Because the quilt was made by 5 different people (which is lovely!) the blocks do differ quite a bit in size, so the diagonal lines aren't exactly parallel, but it was more important that they 'hugged' the stars.
Do you like my wellies, by the way? I am standing in front of our barn.
I tried to use a contrasting coloured silk to the star so that the stitches would really stand out. And also made them bigger than my usual hand quilting stitch size, more like Sashiko.
Doll Quilt Swap partner now, and am already having lots of ideas. This partner will really keep me on my toes and make sure I do something extra creative!
Also I am going to take part in my first Old Red Barn Company Quilt-a-long. This is being hosted by Dolores (yes, her again!) of DeeRoo Designs. It is a ticker tape quilt, which I had never heard of but it looks incredibly easy and really ingenious. I am going to try a cot quilt to start with. We are still at the getting ready stage so if anyone is interested in jumping in, take a look at Dee's blog or the ORBC group on Flickr.