Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Monday, May 25, 2009

Lone Star

I just finished this one for my church, Spirit of Joy Lutheran Church.

It is 92" x 92". I used Signature Parchment in the white areas, Sealpond Green in the solid and printed green parts and PermaCore May Rose in the 3 red areas. Lots of thread changes The colors were so different, I felt like I had to change. I used 2 battings; Quilter's Dream Select cotton on the bottom and Quillter's Dream Poly Request (their thinnest poly batt) for quilt definition.

The motifs (both corner and triangle) are from Sally Terry's Graceful Victorian. The corner motifs resemble a wreath but it is actually 3 separate swags. That quilting packet is full of goodies.

The corner squares are 24 inches. I felt like doing one thing, like a feather wreath or even that gorgeous split fern I saw Joann Hoffman do on the APQS forum, would have swamped the star. They wanted traditional so continuous curve (with a ruler)...but when the star is that big, with that many diamonds, "traditional" starts looking more like "boring" by the time you get to the pointy end.

I have a 30 inch throat on my Gammill but these squares really had to be done in phases or I would have had to change my thread 2 bizillion times instead of the 1 bizillion I actually did. I laid down the corner motifs and then stepped back and it looked like it was just floating in space. Eck.

I knew that it needed a background fill but what would look good in this big space without getting too dense? My quilting buddies over on MQR suggested that I echo the motif to put a fence around it and then do cross-hatching. Then MQR's Riley Big Shoes said that the 60 degree cross-hatch would look better. That would be more in keeping with all those diamonds in the Lone Star. But oh, the work. I used Pam Clarke's grid lines to mark 2-inch lines. I looked at closer (1-inch and 1.5 inch) ones but besides the exponentially greater number of hours to finish, I thought that it was too dense compared to the star quilting. I marked it with chalk (on a foam brush) and then quilted it using the Diamond Diagonal rulers and then rolled to the next section. The most challenging part was the crosshatch.





My life has changed in the last couple of years - some bumps, I retired from quilting, and then I moved to Texas. I'm anxious to see what new adventures await me in the next phase of my life.

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I started quilting when a quilt shop opened in our little town in January 2004. I have been hooked ever since.

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