Friday, October 28, 2011

Bloggers' Quilt Festival - Stargazing



My entry in the Festival is Stargazing, a quilt I made this year using a fat bundle of French General's Rural Jardin line from Moda and the pattern Ginger Belle from Miss Rosie's Quilt Company.  It is about 86" square.



The quilt design is basically a variation on the Irish Chain, but with a pieced star in what is usually the open block.  There is a lot of piecing with this pattern, beginning with the four-patch blocks that are the basis of the larger blocks.






The process of making Stargazing was extremely satisfying because both the fabric and the pattern were lovely to work with.  I was so happy with the finished flimsy.  I sent  that to Linda of The Quilted Pineapple to longarm quilt for me.  I was blown away when I received the quilt back because Linda's quilting made a good quilt top so much better.  Well, they all improve with quilting but quilting made this quilt!   Linda quilted a wreath around each star and a simple design in the chain blocks.


It was my first time using flannel on the back of a quilt.  Wow, does it make for a snuggly quilt!


Linda has even better photos of the quilting on her blog.


You can see lots more quilts in Amy's Bloggers' Quilt Festival.

Amy'sCreativeSide


33 comments:

notes of sincerity said...

What a gorgeous quilt!!

Lonci said...

This is really great, i love this:

Wendy said...

WOW is that ever a gorgeous quilt. The pattern and colours you picked really make it wonderful.

Heather said...

Your quilt is fantastic! I just love it. I am still working on my quilt using Rural Jardin, and the fabric is so beautiful. I love working on the quilt. I use flannel most of the time for backings, it makes for a much warmer quilt.

Carrie said...

I love this quilt - make that "I LOVE this quilt". You did a beautiful job with the color and placement, and Linda finished it off perfectly. Stargazer is a stunner.

Linda said...

Thank you, Cathy, so much for sending me such a gorgeous quilt to quilt! Your workmanship was outstanding, which made my job a breeze. Rural Jardin was a beautiful choice for the pattern. I'm so happy you love it.

Mary said...

This quilt will keep you warm this Winter. Thanks for Sharing it with all of us.

Robin said...

Lovely quilt! The flannel backing does sound very snuggly. Perfect for a cozy winter. Thanks so much for sharing! :)

Linda at Roscoe's Ma said...

The fabric and the pattern are perfect together!

christhequilter said...

such soft and pretty colors!

Karen said...

This is a great quilt pattern and I love the fabrics you have chosen for it. The quilt looks great and the quilting is lovely.

Lynn said...

I love this quilt Cathy!

Kathy said...

What a beautifully made quilt. I always like the red, white, and blue color combination myself! Sometime soon, I'll have to try flannel for a backing. Nice job!

Jane said...

What a lovely quilt! I enjoyed reading about your process. Have some French General fabrics lying around myself but haven't decided what to do with them.

Eileen said...

Lovely quilt. Like the colors, fabrics and layout. Thanks for sharing and have a great day

MARIKA said...

Very nice work thanks for the quilt for division.

Kit Lang said...

Lovely quilt! Thanks for sharing. :)

laura said...

beautiful quilt

Sarcastic Quilter said...

Very pretty, I love that fabric. Flannel sounds like a lovely backing.

LynCC said...

What a lovely, lovely quilt. :)

adayintheworldaroundme.blogspot.com said...

Awesome looking quilt!

Your friend in stitches
Margaret

Dirt Road Quilter said...

Absolutely fabulous! I love the scrappiness, the colors, and that pattern! I actually have notes on that pattern to make it up in reds and blues. Love Carrie's patterns. My festival quilt is one of her patterns too. Thank you for sharing your lovely quilt!

Abby latimer said...

I have always loved this pattern - and now would like to search for these same fabrics to copy yours! This is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

quirky granola girl said...

this is lovely.

Sandra Kaye said...

Beautiful Quilt!! Lovely blog too! Hugs -- Sandie

Cynthia said...

This is such a pretty quilt! It does look like a lot of piecing--great work!!

Lisa at Sun Naturals said...

Very pretty! I backed a large quilt in flannel for my FIL who was very ill at the time and yes it was extra snuggly but boy was it heavy to work with!

sunt said...

I love both the pattern and the fabrics you chose--it all works so well together and the superbe quilting is just the finishing touch. I'm sure you enjoy that quilt so much! :-)

Hazle

Staci said...

Love your quilt. The colors are gorgeous and the little pieces just sing together. Thanks for sharing.

MonikaC said...

It is beautiful! I love the fabrics you chose.

MooseStash Quilting said...

It is absolutely gorgeous. I love quilts with white. I have this pattern, and just might have to consider putting it on the top of my to-pile!
:-)

Maureen T. said...

Your quilt is lovely!

Martha said...

This quilt is so pretty...thank you for sharing it with us.