Friday, October 26, 2012

Blogger's Quilt Festival, Fall Edition

Yes, I guess I am going to do this yet again. I think the Blogger's Quilt Festival is fun. Amy had a great idea when she thought of this!

This time I'll feature the quilt that it took me the longest to make (at least, the one that is finished).

Back in 2008, my eldest was planning to be married so, of course, I wanted to make her a wedding quilt. She chose a pattern and colors ("Woven Stars" from the book Amazingly Simple Star Quilts - and yes, that is an Amazon affiliate link in case you want to pick up a copy), I bought fabric and started assembling the quilt top which I would then hand quilt. It was the first quilt I made with sashing and set on point. Both of those would look better if I did it now, but here's an example of how my lack of skill with both affected the corners of the sashing:

Next I assembled my new hand quilting frame (which meant I didn't have to baste it) and marked the quilt. I chose a motif for the borders that would have been better in a block area and which took me almost 8 hours each to do at the beginning. (Practice brought it down to 3-4 hours by the last border of the quilt.)

I started quilting in the first border and realized that this was going to take me forever. Maybe it would be a first anniversary gift. Then the wedding was postponed. A few months later the engagement was off. And I took a year off from quilting. No hurry. My daughter still wanted the quilt, but there were church quilts to get finished. I'd work on it a little, but with no sense of urgency not much progress happened.

Then in the fall of 2011 my niece got engaged, and I wanted to make her a quilt. I knew I needed to finish my daughter's quilt before I gave my niece one. Not that I was going to attempt to hand quilt my niece's quilt, but it just didn't seem fair to me. So I spent last January through March really putting in the effort on my daughter's quilt.

I finished it in late March. I had spent months spending several hours a day either hand quilting this quilt or machine piecing my niece's quilt (when my fingers wore out).

Here's the quilt laid out on my bed. It's current name is Janni's Woven Star, although my daughter still calls it her wedding quilt.

Here it is over my railing.

And here it is on her bed.

As I got near the end of the quilting, the number of things that I saw that I know would be better if I pieced it now really bugged me. She seems to be very happy with it, however, and that is what matters most.

Blogger’s Quilt Festival Stats
Finished quilt measures : 88" x 109"
Special techniques used : hand quilting, strip piecing in the sashing
Quilted by : Me
Best Category : Bed Quilt, Hand-Quilted