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.)
P.S. I will be linking up with some of the fun parties on my sidebar. Check them out to see what others have been working on.