Christmas Stars

August 13, 2012

Hope everyone had a fantastic weekend!! I know I did, although it was busy!  Naturally, I did not get what I wanted accomplished. :-)  I promise to post the rest of Kristin's quilt and all the details on it later this week.  First, I have to share Cathy's gorgeous quilt!!!  She is also posting on it today, so make sure you stop by her blog here, Quilting On Main Street, where you'll find info regarding her pattern. This is the second quilt I have had the pleasure to quilt for Cathy.  The first one was called Stargazing, but if you don't remember it...check it out here.  I think Cathy loves star blocks!! :-)  Cathy was super patient with me.  She has by far been waiting the longest to get her quilt back, BUT I think (hope) I made it worth her wait. :-)  Thank you, Cathy.  Let me introduce Christmas Stars.
I probably took a 100 photos, but I will only spare you with around half. :-)
Yes that IS a poinsettia quilted in the corners!!
What's a Christmas quilt without a few poinsettias??  And feathers.  Cannot forget the feathers!
Lots of beautiful, curling heirloom feathers!!  Cathy did a beautiful job on the piecing and fabric selection!  Perfect for Christmas!
I decided I really wanted the borders and block design to have the detailed quilting, but not the sashing.  This way the sashing/nine patch blocks would pop and frame the blocks.

Lighting was terrible for capturing the quilting on the back of the quilt, but trust me, it looks exquisite.  The backing fabric is from French General for Moda.
Some specifics on the quilt... top thread is Cream Glide and So Fine in the bobbin.  All the quilting is freehand.  I knew I was going to feather the borders, add a lot of detail in the blocks and minimal quilting in the sashing, so I suggested to Cathy a double layer of batting.  She was very open to it and I am so glad because the results are awesome!  It really gave the quilting definition right where it needed it.  I used Dream Blend as the base layer with Hobbs 80/20 on top.  If you look at the 5th photo down from the top, you can see the double layer.

I will post on Wednesday a little tutorial and hints on how I quilted the poinsettias.  :-)

Thank you for all the congratulations for Kristin!!!  She commented that my readers/bloggers were the best!  Yes, you all are!!  I will have lots to post on her quilt and graduation at the end of the week.


29 comments:

  1. Very pretty !! The quilting really enhances the beautiful quilt. Nice job!!

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  2. WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW !!!!!
    That is AMAZING! The quilt is just beautiful but the quilting on it just makes it pop.
    WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW !!!!!

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  3. Look at what happens when two artists merge...a true masterpiece!! LOve it!
    P

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  4. Stunning!!! I love everything about this quilt. You really rocked this one!
    Karen

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Your quilting just brings this quilt to life!

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  6. Stunning, beautiful, gorgeous, etc. :-)

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  7. OMG too beautiful for words. Your quilting is sooooooooooo amazing.

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  8. What an amazing quilt! And as always your quilting is just stunning! :0)

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  9. Linda, you did an absolutely beautiful job on her quilt. I'm sure it took her breath away when she saw it!

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  10. Fabulous! You are amazing! Your quilting is perfect.

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  11. I love it! The quilt is gorgeous and your quilting is so beautiful, love the designs you used. I need to practice machine stitching so I can finish off some quilts.

    Debbie

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  12. Oh my goodness, that quilt and quilting is amazing!!

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  13. Beautiful Quilt. Love the quilting motif in the corners! Very effective.

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  14. Oh what another beauty that one is! LOVE the poinsettias in the corners. I really do love how you left the sashing without the quilting. That really does make things pop!

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  15. Gorgeous quilt, and your quilting is exquisite..such a talent to be able to create something this lovely..

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  16. Beautiful quilt, beautiful quilting. Hugs,

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  17. The fancy feathered border is perfect for this quilt. The quilt would make a wonderful bed quilt to use during the holiday season.

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  18. Magnificent, Linda! I love the corners! Can you channel some of your talent over to me, please (wink)??
    Cheers!

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  19. Yes, I agree with Candace. Magnificent!!!! Wow! A beautiful quilt top made outstanding by your quilting. You are so gifted. I went to bind Super Mario, and I can't find my binding fabric! I decided to stop looking for it. As soon as I look for something else, it will turn up!

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  20. Simply Stunning! You are such a natural and your work is just fabulous. The stars are so pretty too.

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  21. Gorgeous!! You just make everything 'pop' with your quilting. The feathers and poinsettias are fabulous!
    Hugs
    Donna

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  22. Отлично! Стежка прекрасная! Одеяло очень красивое!

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  23. Thank you for sharing your work on this quilt. I especially like all the pictures to show how you quilted it and the supply information about thread and batting. It is a beautiful quilt.

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  24. The quilt looks absolutely gorgeous! Love the borders!

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  25. Wonderful quilting choices but I would have liked more photos....lol....honestly, never enough photos for me!

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