Friday, May 18, 2012

Charming Stars Finish

I managed to finish this quilt just in time for Bloggers Quilt Festival (Spring 2012) at Amy's Creative Side. This quilt has a special place in my heart, because it is the first quilt I didn't follow the pattern to the letter and it kind of took on a life of its own! It is also my husband's favorite so far. He says it is the most "quilty" one I've made (lol).

When I went outside for the official photo shoot, I was confronted by a real-life angry bird! You can't really see the glaring expression from the photo, but you could have cut the tension with the knife. Needless to say, the bird won and I moved to the front yard. We counted four bird eggs out there...I am going to use this as an excuse not to mow the backyard for a while!

Charming Stars (based off of Charming Flowers in Layer Cake, Jelly Roll and Charm Quilts by Pam Lintott) is 66x84inches. I got a great deal on the Etchings Slate backing fabric from Patchworks Plus on Etsy. I quilted the colored parts in a dark gray and the white parts in a light gray. I just followed the seams on each side of the squares and outlined the stars. I was orginally going to be thrifty and use the gray backing as a binding, but I decided to go with red in the end. Luckily my local quilt shop had just enough in stock. I was worried about the red against the white (I know, a little late to worry when the quilt is already made!), so I used Shout Color Catchers. There was no issue at all with bleeding.

Funny story about the backing: I was so excited about the wide backing and not having to piece it. I was boring my husband for months about how *~REVOLUTIONARY~* this fabric was. I ended up cutting it too short and having to piece it anyway :D I measured twice, just with the wrong number in my head!

This quilt lives on my couch now. I needed a good quilt for reading and this fits the bill! I usually am drawn to more bright colors, but I love the romantic feel of Etchings! More quilty goodness below:

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33 comments so far. What are your thoughts?

Pat Merkle said... #

Your quilt is lovely. I think it's a wonderful reason for not mowing the lawn. ;)

Thanks so much for linking up with TGIFF!

Little Island Quilting said... #

I've never seen an angry bird before! Great quilt.

Hi, I'm Suz!! said... #

Love the quilt!! Great job!! I just might have to try something like this pattern!!!

Thanks for the inspiration!

Hugs ~~ Suz

Ronny said... #

This quilt is so beautiful! Too funny about the backing. Sounds like something I would do, right down to the raving to my husband about it. :)

Sew Lovins said... #

hahaha Glad you spotted that killdeer...Now hopefully the cats stay away:) Beautiful quilt. I like the striped border.

Bethany (Make Me A Quilt) said... #

I adore this quilt, the colors, the patchwork, the white "stars" in the middle - it's awesome! I feel like I'd want to buy it if I saw it at craft/quilt show. :)

So I guess you didn't impress your husband with your "revolutionary" backing LOL! I've done that before though, you have to think twice, then measure twice, then cut once :P

LeslieUnfinished said... #

I love the feeling that "absence of color" created the white stars. Pretty brilliant :)

Emma said... #

Your quilt is wonderful. I love the effect the little strip in the border adds.

Kelly said... #

Love the quilt and the real life angry bird :)

Carla said... #

Very pretty and I love the colors/fabrics! Definitely a good reason not to mow the grass ;)

CitricSugar said... #

Very lovely quilt!

Hilarious about the angry bird! I also found it funny that your husband thinks this one is the most "quilty"...

Katy Cameron said... #

It looks great, although I'm giggling a little about the backing!

Mom said... #

I love modern twists on traditional patterns!


M-R Charbonneau said... #

Love it! I've been eyeing the Etchings line and love what you did with it. Thanks for linking up to TGIFF!

Carla said... #

This is so pretty! I sometimes venture off the pattern too. Fun

Lucy | Charm About You said... #

The bird is scary!! Your quilt is so pretty and there's something very romantic about it x

Anonymous said... #

Love the negative space stars. And that super skinny border is wonderful!

Sarcastic Quilter said... #

Very pretty! Good choice to let angry birds be... lol

straythreads said... #

beautiful quilt. Kildeer are so protective of their nests and young. The young are so cute!!

Janet said... #

Lovely quilt! And thanks for all the little stories surrounding it.

Nana said... #

Cute story about the bird! Pretty quilt!

Wendy said... #

What a beautiful quilt, I love it

Sarah said... #

I love the quilt - making the stars white just lifts the pattern to a new level. I had a bit of a cutting error with batting once - so frustrating!

Eileen said... #

very nice! love those stars! thanks so much and have a great day

Martine Kuciel said... #

superbe et très réussi pour un début , prometteur pour les suivants , félicitation

The Thompsons said... #

Ha ha- that's hilarious about the bird- your quilt is beautiful as well. :)

Melanie said... #

lovely! I love the "reverse" type of star ;)

Beth said... #

Beautiful quilt. I really like solid stars up against the patchwork background! Thanks for linking up.

sonia said... #

Wow, the quilt is stunning. Love the grey on the backing contrasted to the red bias Lovely quilt. Congrats!

Heather D. said... #

Your quilt is so lovely! I love how the stars are white and the background is patchwork. It's a different look than what we usually see with star designs.

On a different note, I've been browsing around your blog and all of your projects are so beautiful! I'm now subscribed in my google reader.

Simply Sandy said... #

I really like that thin scrappy border within the border. Just blame the backing issue on a bad tape measure! Beautiful quilt!

Elizabeth said... #

That quilt really is very charming! I love the colors, the design, the quilting, the narrow pieced border, the red binding, the stars, the fabrics in the patchwork around the stars. Yep. Pretty much everything. Really great quilt! Really great finish! Thank you for linking up!

xo -E

Martine Kuciel said... #

je me suis permis de mettre la photo de votre quilt dans un message ,j'espère que celà ne vous pose pas de problème ,merci d'avance

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