Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mood swing!

Thanks for all the kind encouragement about what I claimed was a lumpy, wrinkled, puffy mess in my last post.  I pushed through and finished the quilt, binding and all, then went through another mood swing:  I love this quilt!  You may hear my daughter say “I told you so”!

Forty-Eight (design by Canuck Quilter Designs)


It took me about a year to decide how to quilt this quilt.  I came up with three or four sketches of elaborate and less elaborate custom quilting for the center and the borders.  This was going to be the quilt where I practiced FMQ.  With well defined small areas I figured I wouldn’t have to move too much quilt for each design and I might be able to pull it off.

When I finally pulled the flimsy out of its storage box, those plans went out the window.  The colours and the design jumped out at me and I fell in love with the combination all over again.  I love that the orange stars pop out but that if look again, I see stars in the blues and greens.  Look again and I see white stars.  Or a lattice.  I just love this about the design and I decided that’s what I want the focus to be.  Any of the custom quilting plans I came up with focused attention on a particular part and interfered with the eye finding a different way to see the quit.

IMG_8622In the end,  I quilted lines 1/4” way from every diagonal seam, on both sides of the seam.  I did the same on every vertical and horizontal seam that touches the points of the squares.  Every other vertical and horizontal seam was stitched in the ditch to flatten out the mountains I complained about in my last post. 


I wanted the colored part of the border to look like a framing mat set on top of the plain cream part, so I quilted parallel lines like a frame around the center, with one line running between but not over the points, as though it runs beneath the points.  It looks better in person than in the poorly lit photo below.  I quilted I the ditch in the zigzag border.


As you can see, it has been kid-tested.


It is now officially ready to curl up in next to the fireplace on cooler nights.


All it needs is a name.  I called it Seeing Stars for the last year, but after googling that name I discovered there are a lot of quilts, and a quilt-along, by that name.  I’ll have to dig a little deeper!  I do have a couple of thoughts.  I’ll let you know what I choose to rename it when I figure it out.


  1. It looks awesome. I'm so glad you managed to flatten it out. I love the colors and the composition.

  2. It looks great. Glad you finished it and I especially love the colors.

  3. There's no way this finish shows any signs of the previous angst it gave you! Love it. Love how your eye zooms around looking at it.

  4. I too see all the different color stars; I love it when that happens; it's always a pleasant surprise. I love your border too. The whole quilt is beautiful! ---"Love"

  5. This is such a beautiful finish. Your colors look so well together and the quilting emphasizes the beautiful design. I love it!

  6. Very cool looking! The border is unique!

  7. It turned out beautifully Joanne and you should be really proud of not giving up on it! Love the border treatment too!

  8. Beautiful! How About Calling It "Star Mountain" In Honor Of All The Trouble You Had QQuilting It? (Sorry About The Caps...Too Lazy To Use A Real Computer)


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