Happy belated Canada Day!
I am only a week late but better late than never. Hope you enjoyed the day last
This quilt was also late or behind in being quilted. Large quilts usually take
a whole week, if not longer to quilt.There is alot of thought that goes into
the design process and many decisions to make along the way. All part of the
Dale made this beautiful quilt. I apologize for the bright photos.
I outlined the center Lone Star because I wanted to make this part of the
quilt, the focal point. I also outlined the white blocks surrounding the
Lone Star, just to eat up some space and continue with the line theme.
In the floral blocks, I did a freehand feather background fill. Whew! That’s
a mouthful to say and type. Feathers were chosen because Dale likes
feathers and it goes with the traditional feel of the quilt.
In this triangular white area, I picked feathers as well. I like the classy
look of them.
I know, it’s bright. I did try to tone down the brightness but didn’t succeed at all.
For the pieced blocks, I outlined them because I think they look better with
stitch in the ditch quilting but it is time consuming. This is a personal preference
The inside border received some lovely swirly lines. I did not keep track
of the designs but I will next time. If you want to know, just email me and
I can look it up in my records. I know that I did purchase these designs
several months ago when Dale dropped off her quilt. I had decided
to try out some new digital designs to go with the feather theme.
I think it worked out well.
The back of the quilt. I like to use the same colored thread for the top and
the backing. Some people don’t like the look of this but it makes tension
issues less of a problem for me.
This is the center of the Lone Star. Even though there are alot of feathers
stitched on this quilt, they are all different in shape and size, which creates
alot of interest on the quilt top.
The outer parts of the Lone Star. I tried to add alot of texture and I
accomplished this by using contrasting motifs beside one another.
Straight lines are a favorite of mine right now so I threw them in that area.
I use alot of monofilament thread to do all of my outlining of the piecing
blocks and the borders. Various thread colors are then used to fill in the remaining
areas of the quilt.
Once again, I am still working on this quilt by Elizabeth Hartman. I only have
9 more blocks to complete -yeah!! I really like these quilts but there is alot
of prepping time to be done first. That seems to be the case with anything
that we do, prep takes the longest time.
Enjoy the heat and stay safe.