Saturday, February 7, 2015

Plain Jane

Last fall a friend from Boise asked me to finish an incredible lone star quilt top that her mom started. The star is hand pieced in 70's calicoes of brown, yellow, orange, and ecru. It is a masterpiece, and lies perfectly flat. It needs to be cornered, and then quilted. My goal for February is to sew the corners of this lovely star. I believe it deserves to be hand quilted, which is a big goal, and not one for the faint of heart.

An article in my favorite, and no longer published journal, The Quilt Life, (Oct 2014) discussed the setting for an antique star quilt using unlikely background colors of red and dark olive green. It makes the stars ZING. I am inclined to do that for this lone star quilt, and here are two audition photos:

The center fabric is my first dyed attempt, and is browner than the photo. 

This center fabric is a primitive weave linen looking cotton.
I like the colored fabrics best. The ecru piece is what some people like to call "plain Jane." Ouch.

I'd really like your opinion on the colors, though I am at the point in my life where I do what I like and I like my own color choices.  Since I hardly ever ask for opinions, go for it!


  1. I love the first photo - even if the colors are off, it just looks brighter & makes the original lodestar 'sing'. Look forward to seeing what you decide!

  2. I like the first one too. Beautiful star.....

  3. I like the ecru, more subtle and won't overwhelm the star

  4. How can you go wrong? But I think the darker fabric stands up better to the Orange piece. Stunning!


  5. There isn't really a wrong answer, but I like the orange a greenish brown, I confess. It might depend on where (the room, the house) the quilt will eventually live.

  6. I love your dyed fabric which looks more of an olive brown on my phone. The orange almost makes the orange from the star blend in, if that's even possible. No matter what you do, it will be stunning!

  7. I favor the orange which, I guess, is actually brown.

    I love dyeing fabric and have done much of it. I even hand appliqued an entire quilt from my own dyed fabrics. I love it.