Thursday, May 22, 2014

It's Been a Year - Blogger's Quilt Festival

It's been a year since I last posted.
It's been quite a year.   But I finished a few quilts.


One project I started and finished involved shirts.  A dear friend lost her husband to cancer - - now over two years ago.  Our Quilting Bee (Seams Like Sisters - more about them in the next month or so) gathered his (mostly plaid) shirts, cut them up and and put the pieces back together into the quilt pictured below for his wife.



But this scrap quilt is not what I wanted to write about.
I decided to make a small quilt for each of their grown children from the left-overs.

And this star quilt is maybe my favorite.


I had so much fun designing this quilt!
And I have decided to enter it into the Blogger's Quilt Festival, Spring 2014
Almost one year since my last Blog post!!

You can see the other 
ORIGINAL DESIGN QUILTS
Entered in the Blogger's Quilt Festival here


Since I am a math teacher - - - I LOVE to use graph paper.
I sketched this design 
And added to it as I went.





I had to use the pockets from the shirts in order to get enough fabric for the quilt blocks.  You can see the button from the white shirt's pocket pretty clearly in this picture.

The thing I love the most about this quilt is the spiral quilting.
I just started the spiral in one of the larger white stars near the lower right side of the quilt and 'eye-balled- about 1/2 to 5/8 inches away.  The size (about 36"x 51") made it easy to just spin and spin the quilt as I stitched it with my little Singer Sewing machine.


It was almost remarkable how the spirals went through so many of the stars in a fashion that made them MOVE.  made them FLY.  

My husband had the good idea of having the stitches fly off to the top right corner to create even more motion.  Of course, on the back, then, the stitches fly off to the top left.


I had so much fun making this quilt!!!



Be sure to visit the Blogger's Quilt Festival.
 - and the winners get PRIZES!!



6 comments:

  1. Wow. Nicely done. The spiral quilting looks great on that. I love how hit sweeps off on the one side.

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  2. I love the movement created by the angled stars!

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  3. I love the sprial quilting. Like you, I am a math person and graph paper is so much fun!

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  4. Gotta love graph paper! Gorgeous work - and a lovely thing to do for that family.

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  5. Wow! Stars and a magnifying glass effect with the quilting!

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