Greetings! As if right on cue, there is a nip in the air today signaling the onset of fall. What a gorgeous day! I’m looking forward to this season, one of my favorites.
I’m happy to report that I finally got started with the hand quilting on Stella Nova. I made some cardboard arcs of various sizes (couldn’t find any plastic template material at home!), marked a couple of the fans and proceeded to quilt them:
You can see the quilting better on the back, but the photo doesn’t show the true color of the back. It’s more a salmon color than the rose color in the picture (click for enlargements):
I think the fan pattern is going to be the perfect choice for this quilt.
For a while I have had my “We Are Stardust” star blocks on the design wall in a straight set:
I decided to turn the stars on point (same as in Stella Nova) to see how these looked in that setting:
I haven’t decided yet whether I like this better. It feels like there is a better flow to the stars and they seem more integrated together when they are set on point. And yet…the straight on setting works well too and I already used the on-point setting for Stella Nova. If anyone reading this has an opinion, I’d love to hear it!!!! At least I don’t need to make a decision for a while.
Here are the stars (“crettone” or chintz-like) that I showed last week “in progress”, now completed:
This week’s stars are to feature a color called “Lancaster blue” which is a blue that shades more toward violet. Barbara also showed the “Greek key” design which was used in the late 19th century as a second design choice this week. My fabric stash is deficient in the shade of blue for this week and I couldn’t come up with any “Greek key” designs at all. I didn’t have any of the Lancaster blue fabric that “reads as a solid” and the blues in the center of these stars is the best I could do. I think they are acceptable!
Following is Part 6 of the World Quilt Show pictures and this is the end of the series! Hope you’ve enjoyed it.
This quilt won the award as the best quilt from New Zealand:
This quilt won the award for best machine (long arm) quilting for traditional quilts:
This quilt won second place for innovative quilts. The technical accomplishment was pretty amazing though the background was painted rather than pieced or appliqued. The sentiment is worthy too:
This one is an art quilt I liked – of course, it has some circles ( a favorite design element for me)!
And here is a nice Baltimore album style quilt – a Sue Garman pattern done well. I prefer hand quilted albums, but I understand fully why some folks machine quilt them.
And that’s the end of the World Quilt Show for this year!
Please send me a comment letting me know if you think either the straight set or on-point set for the stars looks better!
Enjoy the upcoming fall weather and cherish each day! Gladi