It’s my first time entering this wonderful online festival–Blogger’s Quilt Festival–which Amy’s Creative Side puts on twice a year. Woo-hoo, here goes!
I have not posted about this quilt before. It was finished before I started blogging and although I have slowly been documenting my quilting history between current posts, I have not gotten to this quilt yet. I decided in late 2009 I wanted to enter a quilt in the next QuiltFest Jacksonville annual show. My goal was not a ribbon, just not to embarrass myself. I wanted something a little more complex than my usual fare. Star Patch which I found on Marcia Hohn’s Quilters Cache seemed just the ticket. I should have known it was going to be a challenge when I had to teach myself paper piecing. My intent when I started was a queen size quilt. It’s much smaller than that but at least it got finished.
My self-taught paper piecing was not so bad. But when it came time to put the blocks together, it became a nightmare. As my machine got to the red corner points, the bulky seam just slipped right out from under the presser foot. After a few tries I decided I would add the tiny sashing shown in this photo.
My quilty friend Carol said that would ruin the design. I knew she was right. My next thought was just to throw it all in the trash and find another pattern. After mulling it over, I decided maybe a new sewing machine would help. I treated myself to a Pfaff 2058. Man, do I ever wish I had done that years earlier. Because it has an integrated dual feed (IDT), I even tried machine quilting for the first time on a few small projects. When I finally got this top together, I decided to do hybrid quilting. I machine quilted around the blocks and added hand quilting. I tried to find a design that would avoid all the bulky seams and still enhance the overall lines of the quilt. I decided on overlapping circles.
I was pleased with the finished quilt which I named Celestial Dreams because of the stars in both the design and in several of the fabrics. It WAS entered in the show–so much more exciting being a participant rather than just a spectator. I’m planning another entry for the 2011 show in September.