Spring is here finally!
At the University of New Hampshire, where I work, the academics like to talk about “discovery and engagement” as important for the learning experience. So far, my involvement in the “Stars in a Time Warp” project has been a process of discovery and engagement, too! I bought pieces of 19th century reproduction fabric over the years, not knowing what I would eventually do with them, but just because I liked them. Each week with the posting of the new star, I become more acquainted with my collection of these fabrics, finding things I never knew I had!
This week the fabric type for the star is “plaids.” When I saw that, I thought this might be the first week I actually wouldn’t find a fabric for the star in my stash because plaids are not my favorite. However, when I went to comb through my collection, here is what I found:
Plenty to choose from although most are not the “typical” plaids from the era that Barbara featured on her blog! Of course I had to make 3. I think this first one is my favorite:
The first one below has a faint plaid in the center – hope that counts! Also I was adventuresome (for me!) and used 2 different fabrics in the background. The one on the right has a plaid background, plaid star points and the center is a foulard (click to enlarge):
Below on the left is the foulard I didn’t get to show in the last post and on the right is another foulard. On that one the background is a foulard too:
And finally, one extra star this week, just because I like the fabrics!:
Here’s what my design wall looks like now:
I have the Star doll quilt top done. The red strips around the edge are just pieces of fabric placed so I could see what a red binding would look like; I like the red so after it is quilted it will have a red binding and possibly a dark gold piping just inside the binding:
Here’s what the 6 inch stars look like en mass:
I am making progress on Spirit of Japan and have 2 1/2 of the center stars quilted:
I do love the combination of indigo, red, and tan. Here is a closeup of one of the wheels I just finished quilting; the spokes have authentic antique indigo fabric that I purchased in Japan:
And I have almost completed appliqueing down the red strips in the border of Joyful Noise. Next step is to sew on the borders and then finish the corners. Next time I show this, I hope to have it back up on the design wall so it can be better seen (didn’t want to take all the stars off yet!):
I want to share an awesome quilt I saw in the latest issue of American Quilter. The issue has the winners from the recent AQS show in Albuquerque. Here’s the Hand Quilting award winner, “Dreamtime” by Antonia Hering:
What’s incredible is that on the background of this Australian themed quilt Antonia hand appliqued 7500 “dots”!!!!! Take a look below:
On the closeup on the right side, if you click on the picture and enlarge it, you can actually see some of the quilting. The whole thing is amazing and I wish I could see it in person!
Cherish every day! Gladi