July 14, 2016

Rainbow Star Quilt

My Rainbow Star quilt started off as one block like all quilts do. It was the first time making a wonky star block and I utterly failed... my star looked like a blue crab with pointy pincers!





After making the first block, I decided that the next one should have a four-patch in the centre of the star instead of one big square. The patchy centres looked more balanced to me and gave me a chance to use even more colourful scraps! And with Janet's help, my next ones didn't look like crabs :o)




I free-motion quilted LOTS of pebbles around the stars, and flowery feathers in the border. I think this was the first quilt that I didn't mark out the quilting, I just went for it! The rainbow outer border was very ripply at this point and with a bit of help from the internet I discovered piano key quilting.




I had made a rainbow striped backing but then decided to add a wide border to the front. I was upset that my backing was too small but everything happens for a reason... the rainbow stripes turned into a giant star with a linen background... even better than what I had planned!





Adding buttons to the centres of the stars was the finishing touch. I just LOVE buttons!




I hung the quilt in my window to keep the cats off the quilt, when suddenly the sunshine came out and the quilt started to glow like fireworks!



The Rainbow Star quilt looks lovely with my favourite teacup! Mmmm... tea! It's time for my afternoon chai!



Enjoy your afternoon tea & quilted crafts :o)

13 comments :

  1. Schitterend ! Beautiful!!!

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  2. You hung the quilt up to keep the cats away? A quilt is a magnet for my cat, a little red light goes on in his head when a quilt comes out...

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  3. Stunning. I love to make my quilt backs as special as the front. Yours looks super.

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  4. Hah! No, the quilt doesn't keep cats away... I wanted to keep the cats off the quilt. I hung it up so that it wouldn't be full of fur or folds when I took pictures of it.

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  5. That is by far one of my favorite quilts of yours my friend! it looks like stained glass hanging in the window like that too :)

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  6. Love any quilt with stars! This quilt is magical and the quilting is STELLAR! I especially like the feather with small flower! Great job!

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  7. Your quilt glows front and back without the window. It's stunning, and the buttons are such a fun touch. I love a good button box!
    P.S. you should find morels next spring without having a fire.

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  8. I am writing to say,after just going to a local quilt show,if yours was there it would have been voted by myself as winner,truly you have done an extremely excellent quilt involving loads of time,care and talent. Cheers.

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  9. A really beautiful quilt! The machine quilting is amazing and brings your design to life. Marvellous.

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  10. Wow, what a lovely quilt. Really wonderful.
    Waving greetings Larissa

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  11. It's beautiful and truly there is no front and back--both want to be seen!

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  12. Stunning, Laurriane. I'm speechless sometimes when I see your work... your eye for colour and design is absolutely incredible. You inspire me to want to get better at what I do! Love and hugs sweetie! V xoxoxo

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