Monday, June 2, 2014

A New Finish and A New Start

Finally finished my top of Antique Rose Star:

I had planned to add another border but when I got the blue on  I decided that was all it needed.  The blocks are mostly hand-pieced, though many are sewn by the hybrid method, hand-pieced the Y-seams and machine pieced the rest of the block.  Each block contains 72 kite pieces: 
The template is available from Material Obsession, a quilt shop in Australia.  I had the great good fortune to meet the owner, Kathy Doughty, and her husband, John, at Spring Quilt Market last month.  He remembered me because I've ordered these templates twice, the last time I got 20 and no one else in the US had ordered any.  They are great people and her books, Material Obsession and Adding Layers, are getting lots of attention currently, with big bold prints and pieces. 

This will stay a top until I teach the class for my guild quilt-in next month, so students can see the back.  I doubt anyone will want to do the complicated zig-zag setting with so many 60  degree set-in seams that I came up with, but if they do, they can see the back to see the process.  It was a fun quilt to make and I plan to hand quilt it, maybe with Big Stitch.

As soon as this came off the design wall a new one went up: 
Not my usual kind of work.  I'm making it for someone who found it on Pinterest and loved it.  This was just a quick snapshot so I wouldn't forget which colors went where, if the cat pulled them off the wall.  And there is a hunk missing from the right side, it's at the sewing machine.  Should have this done next week. 

I'm linking up with Judy L's Design Wall Monday, go see what others are doing.

Let's Quilt!



  1. Wow, that is one intricate block. I bought a cutely packaged English paper piecing set -- templates and papers for a fairly complicated block only to find out it didn't have all the pieces needed to do the block. It was from Australia. I've since bought paper pieces to make the whole block... now when to start it? Yours is very inspirational.

  2. I really like your quilt, don't know if I have patience to do the hand piecing. (though I have started thinking about doing a GMG)

    1. This hand piecing goes very quickly and it's great to have something to work on while watching TV or visiting or appointments.

  3. Beautiful quilt top. Love the colors and background story :)

  4. Love your quilt! I agree that blue border is just right. I invite you to link to Hexie Weekend to share your gorgeous hexiness.

  5. That quilt is pretty amazing! Congrats on the finish!!