|Lone Star Baby Quilt|
I'm pleased to say that I get to check off a finish on my Q4 FAL goal list and link up to Amanda Jean's Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday
If you follow me on Instagram, you know that I did a bit of crowd sourcing of opinions as I was auditioning fabric choices to prepare for the September workshop at Back Porch Fabric in Pacific Grove. I also had my favorite personal assistant chiming in and mocking up her ideas on what to do. Continually impressed by the genuine interest and scissor skills of my adorable granddaughter.
I used an app on my phone to get a better visual on the pattern repeat which helped make the final decision of color placement. Amazing how different they are with a slight change here or there. Without one right answer, it was hard to choose.
|Final Fabric Choices|
Mixing modern and traditional fabrics - all from stash was a bonus.
|My workshop workspace |
Sharon Winters was a wonderful instructor and I would definitely take another class from her. We brought the pre-cut strips and powered through the process smoothly. I finished up at home and within the next three days had myself a top.
|Modified assembly |
Because this was to be a baby quilt for my expectant niece due in December, I knew I'd get done. The ideal size, I opted to float the star rather than include a border. Because the background fabric was non-directional and super forgiving when it came to the joints showing, rather than Y-seam I tried out setting triangles instead. Pleased with the results I may use this method again.
Lucky for me, my friend Pat offered up use of her long arm and I had a bit of whimsical play with the quilting.
|Quilting Close Up|
The butterflies and flowers on the backing gave it just the right amount of "baby" and I got to use one of my favorite prints for the binding, hand stitching it down with love.
Without a proper photo shoot, the portable design wall was a good alternative. I was able to gift it in person which always makes me happy.
|Gathering of Generations |
Precision piecing and traditional patterns have become sort of rare in my recent makes but I'm glad that I continue to go where I want to go with my style and embrace a broad definition of my quilty voice.
With that said - It was challenging to stay the course and not bounce around too much with my tendency to tweak a pattern. Above is one of the ideas that I decided not to do for this particular project but would like to explore further. I love the secondary pattern and think it has great potential. (ignore the blue/green colors - they are what I had on hand to test out the concept).
Wishing you all well - thanks for checking in.
Happy Stitching, Karen