Sunday, November 9

Karen's Star Sampler Quilt

I've been trying to catch up on my posts for all the quilts that I'm behind on posting about, but I had to post about this quilt ahead of the rest!

This is another quilt of Karen's.  I just finished this quilt for her last week.  She is an amazing piecer and I love quilting her quilts!  I was so excited when she sent me this one.

She didn't know quite what kind of quilting she wanted on it, but she did want feathers in there, which to be completely honest, completely terrified me!  Being a new longarmer, I've doodled feathers on paper, and on practice quilts, but I've never quilted feathers on a REAL quilt before, not to mention a client quilt.  Yikes!

I decided that the feathers would look best in the sashing and borders.

In the sashing I decided to do a more symmetrical feather.  I LOVE how these turned out.

In the outside border, I decided to do a more free flowing kind of feather with a curvy spine.  

These were really nerve-racking to quilt at first, but by the time I was finished, I was sad to be done with them!

I love how these turned out also.

It's so true that they really just do take practice to figure out how to shape them well.

I love the fabrics in this quilt.  They are so pretty, and they all go so well with each other.

I decided to quilt the background on the blocks pretty heavy, and I kept the rest of each block pretty simple.

In the backgrounds of the blocks I alternated between pebbling and and paisleys.

I did it to give variety to the quilt, but mostly because I couldn't decide which I liked better!

This star below is probably my favorite block, but it's really hard to decide!

Beautiful fabrics!

No, this star below is my favorite block.

Actually, never mind, I love them all!

I was only going to show a few blocks, but I decided to show them all, because they're all so pretty!

Her piecing is perfect!

Most of these pictures are from my iPhone, so they're not super, but they turned out better than my big camera for some reason.  I need to take a class to figure that thing out!

 I love the reds in this quilt.  It looks so pretty next to my burning bush and below my crabapple tree!

Karen always makes the backs of her quilts special too!  Look at this back!

 It's amazing, isn't it?  The quilting looks really awesome on the back too.

After I sent this off to Karen, she bound it up and sent me pictures of it all bound and finished.  
courtesy of K.K.
I think the red dot is the perfect finish for it!  I love a finished quilt!

courtesy of K.K.
 Karen, thank you for letting me quilt your amazing quilt!


Karin said...

Thanks for all the pictures...what a beautiful quilt. Enjoyed going through this as I am often stuck on what to quilt in blocks. Beautiful feather work...really like it. You did a wonderful job.

Andee said...

Beautiful! Love the quilt and the quilting!

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Lorna McMahon said...

What amazing quilting! Each block is accentuated perfectly. Love the feather work, too, Diane. Karen must be thrilled! Thanks so much for sharing at the Let's Bee Social this week!

DianeLoves2Quilt said...

What gorgeous quilting work! I too am somewhat new to FMQ and want to do feathers. If this is your first try at it, way to go! You have given me courage to make the attempt. Absolutely stunning pairing of quilting pattern with piecing pattern. You are truly an artist at this.