The red and white Feathered Star/Sunflower quilt top, that is. It had actually been finished for a week but it was too windy to be able to get a decent shot of it out on the roof garden until Friday afternoon. I’m still hoping to get a better picture than this, but that is going to require a design wall to pin it up on. It finishes at 74″ x 94″.
A close-up shot of part of the border.
It’s composed of 12 of the 20″ Feathered Stars and 30 of the 6″ Sunflower blocks. Total number of pieces in the entire top? A whopping 3, 388. All pieced by hand except the seams adding the 1″ red stop border and the pieced Sunflower border. Those I did by machine. This top has everything I love about making quilts in it – loads of opportunities for continuous stitching and lots and lots of curved piecing.
Now to the thanks. A huge, huge thank you to Linda Franz for her creative genius, inventing Inklingo and making a quilt like this oh, so achievable. I know there is not a chance I would have ever made this quilt were it not for Inklingo. Tracing all those templates would have been beyond my hands’ capabilities. And, having traced many templates over the years, I know that the accuracy is nowhere near as good with traced templates as it is with the fine, fine lines and matching points printed on fabric using an Inklingo collection.
Another enormous thank you goes to Judy at Sew Sisters. I had half of the Feathered Stars made when I realized that I wanted to make it a larger quilt but didn’t have enough of the white on white I was using. I sent a photo of it to Judy and she tirelessly worked for months and months, finally securing a bolt of that white on white for me. I still remember the Friday night she called to tell me she had it in the shop. I was giddy with excitement, knowing I could now make the quilt I had in mind.
Now to get a silk batt for it and decide on a backing fabric. I’m going to use the same red for the binding. I’m still not sure what I will do for a label for this top. It has to have something to do with the quilt, so I’m thinking I may make one more little sunflower for the label. Nor have I got a name for it yet. I usually have no problem thinking of a name for my quilts, but this one has me stumped. Any suggestions?
I’m going to quilt it by hand. That will mean it doesn’t get quilted for a while for two reasons. First, it’s too hot to even contemplate having a quilt draped over me while I quilt it. Secondly, I want to get in some serious practice and make sure my hand quilting stitches are as good as I can make them before I start on it. To that end, I’m going to make up a few practice quilt sandwiches and get in some practice over the next month or so.
It has been a wonderful journey, making this quilt. I learned that I do like some reds. I also learned I cannot work on a two-colour quilt exclusively. I need to play with lots of fabrics. That said, I love the fact that I can use just one colour of thread making a two-colour quilt.
What’s next? I’m not sure. I think I need a little play time before I get serious about finishing the Pickled Ladies and Summer Picnic Dish quilts. But I do plan to get the pieces I need for the Pickled Ladies border printed this week.
In today’s Baxtertoon, he’s driving a truck again. A cat toys and batting delivery truck, that is.
He’s quite happy lounging about on his cat tree.