Thursday, January 26, 2017

Mom's Lone Star: A Custom Finish



It turns out that once I started hand quilting my mom's Lone Star, I just couldn't stop!  Instead of eight weeks of hand quilting it was four days.  It was wonderful quilting through the wool batting.


I searched around on the internet for star quilts with feather quilting and found this beautiful one quilted by Jan of The Secret Life of Mrs. Meatloaf.  I based the background feathers off of her quilting design.  I first took out the thread basting stitches.  Then I made a paper template for the arcs and started quilting on my Tiara.


Pretty soon I had some feathers.  (I can hardly believe that I actually quilted them,)


I decided to just stitch in the ditch around the inner borders and quilt a simple feather in the wide border.  (This is much easier to see on the back.)


I was amazed that after it had been thread basted and sitting in a bag for years that there were still no tucks on the back of the quilt.


My mom and I got together to work on the binding after I sewed it on by machine to the front.  She sewed about ten inches to the back by hand before her hand started cramping.  So I ended up finishing the binding for her as well.


This quilt turned out so pretty.  We are so happy that it is finished and can now be used instead of hidden in a closet.


It finishes about 91 x 91 inches and is now on a guest bed in my mom's house.  Start to finish this quilt took around 20 years.  It definitely deserved to be finished.  I guess I still need to figure out my next WISP.

Check out my previous two posts for more details on the quilt.  (Here and here.)

XX,
Jasmine

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19 comments:

  1. Absolutely beautiful..no matter how long it took. The feathers are wonderful and you did an excellent job on them. So glad you took up this project to complete for your proud Mom.

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  2. This is stunning, Jasmine! I love how an 8 week project took hold and got finished in 4 days. Sometimes things just pull at our hearts like that. And oh my goodness, your feathered quilting to finish the quilt is amazing. I *can* believe that you quilted it, and what perfect timing for this quilt to come up to be finished by you. How awesome that it is on a bed ready to be used!

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  3. It's truly lovely - your quilting really enhances the lone star design. I'm sure it really makes you feel good to have done this for your mom!

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  4. Great finish. This is just gorgeous and you have rocked those feathers Jasmine. I'm sure your mum is verry pleased to have this on the bed.

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  5. Wow!! Spectacular quilting! Those feathers are perfect!!

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  6. You got lots of feathering practice in and they look fantastic! I bet your mom shed a tear at how beautiful you made her quilt, worth waiting 20 years for!

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  7. Wow! Absolutely beautiful! Your mom did awesome on piecing and your quilting just put it over the edge. Did you stitch in the ditch on your Tiara? and before quilting the feathers?

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  8. Thank you! This quilt was quilted from the center out. First the diamonds in the star were hand quilted. Then I quilted the background feathers. Then I quilted by stitching in the ditch (still on my Tiara). Then the border feathers were quilted.

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  9. WOW!!!! it is stunning. the machine quilting is wonderful!

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  10. What an absolutely GORGEOUS quilt! Simply amazing piecing work and I love the quilting you did, too.

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  11. Oh, that back looks amazing with all your beautiful feathers!

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  12. This quilt is jaw-droppingly gorgeous! The combination of hand and machine quilting turned out beautifully. Those feathers are incredible! This big beauty must look grand on the bed in the spare room. What a lovely welcome to greet any guest!

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  13. Your quilting is awesome, thank you for sharing. This is a beautiful quilt. And combining hand and machine quilting has always great results.

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  14. This is simply stunning! Your feathers are just beautiful and it must make you and your mom so happy to have it done and on a bed! What a great, great collaboration!

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  15. WOW WOW WOW Love this so much! You know about 20 years ago I won a $200 gift certificate (yup, think how much fabric it would buy back then) and I bought all the fabric and then some to make one of these in soft blues royal or Persian blues and pinks and burgundies...and it has sat on my shelf...oh this has inspired me to pull it out and work on it again hopefully this year. Your feathers Jasmine are so flowing and gorgeous and just MAKE this quilt even more stunning. Love seeing the back; in fact, I'd be flipping this baby wrong side up for a week at a time to enjoy all that beauty as a wholecloth quilt too!

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  16. This is just stunning! And I'm with Sandra - I have all the stuff to make a Lone Star, I just haven't gotten around to it. And you've totally inspired me to get it out, make it....and send it to you for quilting! ;)

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  17. What a stunning finish!!! Jasmine, you are the superstar.

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  18. Oh my goodness, Jasmine! This is amazing! I love that the hand quilting only took 4 days. The feathers are absolutely the perfect complement to the hand quilted star and the back of the quilt is every bit as gorgeous as the front. What a great finish!

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