Saturday, June 18, 2011

St Hilary's Star Quilt

If you think all I've been doing lately is taking pictures of flowers and watching the lake levels rise, you would be wrong. It's just that what I was working on was presents which once done took a slow trek from one side of the U.S. to the other. I knew that the recipient follows my blog, but is also a busy girl, so some posting about this quilt was safe. Then I realized she was catching up on the blog while on vacation so I didn't dare keep talking about it, nor the other present I was making for her. But now that the gifts have arrived, I can share them with you, beginning with the stack n whack quilt I'm calling St Hilary's Star.

It finished out at about 60-1/2 x 74-1/2, a bit smaller than I would have liked, but that's what happens when you let the amount of fabric you have on hand dictate the final outcome of the design. Plus, I lost 2-1/2 inches both directions during the quilting and blocking process - a reminder to those of you used to working small if you dive into a bed-size project. Even if the batting is not supposed to shrink up when dampened (I was using a wool batt that can shrink up to 3%), you will still lose an amazing amount with the draw-up of machine quilting.

The quilt gets its name from the William Morris reproduction fabric used in the kaleidoscope centers of the stars. By shifting the template orientation with each set, each star center is slightly different. Click on any photo for a larger view.

The recipient is a real fan of art nouveau, so I knew she'd really love this fabric I used as backing.

This turned out so well - at least I think so. The lighting is a bit uneven in the pic below, but it gives you a better shot of the strippy quilt setting I chose for those big blocks.


Cate Rose said...

Gorgeous, Sheila!

The Idaho Beauty said...


Cathie said...

Hi shiela! Came to see your fabric book but it is not up yet. Still glad I'm here though cause this quilt is truly spectacular! Really. What a beautiful example of fine craftsmanship.

RHONDA said...

This is beautiful, Sheila!

LKL said...

Beautiful workmanship, Sheila! What a lovely gift!

The Idaho Beauty said...

Thanks so much, everyone!