Sunday, February 11, 2007
Done and done, as we say around here! I finally finished this last night. It is hand pieced and hand quilted, and I've been working on it on and off for about four years. I have to keep reminding myself that since I began working on it I have also pieced and quilted three baby quilts, pieced several tops, finished a mystery quilt, made the butterfly challenge piece, and worked on several other things. This has always been my stand-by project, worked on when I didn't have anything more pressing since I always intended it to live on the back of the love seat it is now resting on.
I got the pattern for the feathered star from Measure the Possibilities with Omnigrid by Nancy Johnson-Srebro, just about the first quilting book I ever bought. I use this book all the time because it has rotary cutting directions for just about any shape. The rest of the design is mine--I love the little feathers in the border. It measures about 46 in square. The fabric came from Hancock's (not Hancock's of Paducah) which is a chain fabric store like Jo-Ann's. I fell in love with the fabric first and bought a yard of each before I even knew what I was going to use it for. It is some of the first civil war reproduction fabric I bought. One Sunday afternoon I decided to try a feathered star and this fabric just seemed right for it.
It's really difficult to get good pictures of the quilting on such a dull day, but you can see some of it here. I really wanted to try out some fancy quilting in the open areas. In the red border I stippled, following the lines of the print on the fabric, but it won't show up in the photos.
I quilted big smiles in the four light triangles at each corner because I was so happy it was DONE!