A special finish….

This week I managed to finish up the second quilt I am taking home to Australia…this one is for my mum.
Red star quiltSo my Mum knows that this quilt is heading her way as a birthday present (yes she knows it is coming to her, because I am hopeless with surprises!)… her favorite colours are red and aqua so it is perfect for her…plus this quilt, with its beautiful stars and hours of work needed to go to someone special.

Red star quilt detail

20 paper pieced stars, a couple of yards of Robert Kaufman Quilters Linen, spools and spools of thread and countless yards of red and aqua fabric and we are done.

red star quilting detail

I was smart enough to send this quilt out to be quilted and the fabulous Nancy Stovall did an amazing job.  I actually left the quilting pattern decision up to Nancy and she choose a wonderful swirl that gives great movement to the stars.  I love it.

Red star quilt detail 2

For the back of the quilt I used a bunch of yard and half yard red and aqua prints from my stash. I also embraced the scrappy with the binding, using a variety of red prints to tie the quilt together.

red star binding

As I was binding the quilt I got a chance to look at every star more closely, and reflect on what I have learnt.

quilt detail 1

My first couple of stars were a little rough….I did not use small enough stitch setting on some of them which means that some stitches at the seams are visible.  I also was not as careful with the bulky joins in the some of the stars – I did not iron the seams open properly leaving a bulbous lump in the center of one or two stars.  But 20+ stars in I was a pro – I had embraced scrappy, had finessed my process and was making kick butt stars.

This quilt really does represent a wonderful journey for me… and I am thrilled that my mum will get to keep it.

Quilt Details:

Technique:   Paper piecing
Pattern:  various stars by Carol Doak and Quilting on the Square
Quilting:   Nancy Stovall of Just Quilting
Finish size:  65 x 80 inches

61 thoughts on “A special finish….

  1. Wowwwww ! That’s a really beautifull quilt. I love it and I might star thinking about beginning it. Just georgeou!!! Congratulations

    Emilia Montañés, Enviado desde mi iPad

    > El 31/10/2014, a las 20:35, WOMBAT QUILTS escribió: > > >

  2. Oh Cath, she’s going to be so happy, both to have you home for a bit and to receive such an outstanding piece of work as an expression of love. What’s really exciting is that I may get to see this marvel in person in about 26 or so day’s time! Not to mention meeting you, which is such a thrill!

  3. What a lovely gift. Your Mum has watched your star grow and learn and change all your life and now she gets to hold an expression of you in her hands. Lucky Mum!! Have a safe journey and hurry back to Portland!

  4. This is A-MAAAAZ-ING! You are so talented. I had to call my husband in to look. Of course, he was like, “that’s really good.” Not even understanding how REALLY GOOD it is! Beautiful! Your mom is going to love it!

  5. I agree with the others, this quilt is stunning! I absolutely love the color choices and Nancy’s quilting makes it perfect. Your mum will love this. Fantastic job!

  6. What a fantastic finish and such a great gift. Its so great you are going home soon :-). I love the swirl quilting – reminds me of a koru design and it is similare to my husbands greenstone necklace. Anyway love the colors – she is going to love it!!

  7. I’ve done some paper pieced stars and there’s quite a build up of fabric layers at the centers. I don’t know if there is a trick to eliminate that. You really can’t press ALL seams open with paper piecing, can you? Your quilt is amazing and your mom is very lucky!!

  8. This quilt is amazing! So awesome! I have long admired your stars in red and aqua. Every day I read on your blog.You are pure inspiration for me. All the best to you! Many greetings from Germany.

  9. Thank you for posting this finish, a thing of true beauty – LOVE!! Your mum will be so happy. Man alive, this is the kind of gift I dream of getting myself!!! I have slowly begun getting together red/aqua colours for a similar quilt… yes, it is shameless copying!! Thanks so much for sharing this.

  10. As a fellow Aussie living here in USA, I have enjoyed reading your blog as it is like having a voice from home. Safe travels back home (I am just a little jealous) and I know you will receive many wonderful accolades from family and friends for your wonderful quilts. I too have just completed a quilt for my mother in law who recently went into assisted living in Melbourne and will be sending her quilt back with my two sons who are returning to Australia to do their uni studies. As you have indicated in your blog quilting has been very therapeutic and I too have found it a great source of creative inspiration especially as I thought I was creative impaired.

    Keep enjoying this wonderful creative journey you are on and sharing this adventure with us all

  11. I LOVE it!!! I think you were making these stars when I first started reading your blog. I feel strangely attached to this quilt. The stars are awesome, the quilting is stunning, and I’m so happy it’s going to your mom, someone who will appreciate it and love it. Quilts are the best long-distance hugs.

  12. NEVER BEFORE I have seen such an awesome, gorgeous fantastic quilt!! I extremely love the colours and this kind of stars! It’s MAGNIFICENT!! Celebration for the eyes!!! Thank you for showing!
    Susanne, Bonn, Germany

  13. Fabulous quilt. Love the colors!! I have been practicing the piecing and I love it. I can’t wait to
    get fabric and make this quilt. Thank you for sharing. You are a bright star in the middle of Iowa USA!!!

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