Saturday, March 7, 2015

The Artist Will Prevail

Now I see why her mom cried over this lone star quilt top. It lies flat but the bias is taunting me. The artist will prevail where the perfectionist tailor was stymied. It is gorgeous and I know she will love it! Here it is, ready for pattern pieces of the corners. I had to add the olive-brown edging to help it play nicely with the ecru corners. It will be 3-dimensional to the rest of the top. 

I will have to hand shimmy the diamonds to work this star into submission.Completing this top was my February goal, and since I didn't get it done, it is my March goal for ALYOF . I drew the pattern pieces, so cutting and sewing them will be next. 

In other blog news, I made blocks for Stash Bee's block exchange for January and February. The bar is set very high for quality, fabric selection, and fun. The tutorials are easy to follow, and so far I have wanted to make myself quilts with these designs. 

January's Hunter's Star 16 ½" sq.

February's String 9 " sq.
I pulled out a very old UFO from a class I took over 20 yrs ago in Seattle, "Special Effects, Iridescence/Opalescence" on color theory. I put together the pieces and here it is. The upper left corner is iridescent, the rest is opalescent. I thought it looked like an eye. I added a border that makes me think of hawk feathers, and named this, "Eye of the Raptor."I am not sure the hot pink will work. I may need to make it paler. I might try covering it with some tulle. Stay tuned.


  1. The perfectionist tailor in me would have struggled with the bias stretch too. Glad to hear you found an answer to the problem.
    I never would have guessed that the eye was a 20-year project! It still looks fresh.

  2. Yes, bias is a struggle especially if it on the outside edge of the quilt. It looks to me like there is a border around the outside that would stabilize it. Did you do that part? I say just dig in your heels and persevere. Sometimes I just set a goal, as you did, and force myself to get done what I least want to get done.

  3. I quilted a lone star quilt for someone, it had that doily/nipple effect. It's kind of tricky to avoid that! I blocked the quilt on my design wall (you could probably do it on your bed too.) Spray lightly with water, then gently stretch to flatten and then pin it and let dry. I also used the steam from my iron while flattening it. I used a level and square ruler to mark where I wanted the edges to be so I didn't make it worse! It came out nice and flat. I know it will be so pretty when you are done. A few ruffles and bumps wont matter once its quilted.