This summer, after learning to use my Westalee quilting rulers, I quilted it. I already shared photos of the baptist fan quilting. It was just what this quilt wanted. If I had to do it over again I would probably tweak the border quilting a bit, but I'm not picking it out! This quilt is officially a finished quilt!
|Starlight Wishes all grown up|
Here a full view.
I debated leaving off the blue border and making the cream one under the prairie points a little bit wider. I liked it that way too. It had a bit more modern feel to it that way. However, I was feeling less modern on the day I decided I had to make up my mind one way or the other!
My initial reason for making this version was to show the quilt in a non-baby colorway for the cover of the revised pattern. Didn't it grow up nicely? But with this on the cover, how will people visualize it as a baby quilt? The answer was to add an inset photo of the brighter baby quilt, but I don't own that quilt anymore to take a proper flat picture for that purpose.
I had no choice! I just had to make another.
|Starlight Wishes, half-scale version|
I'm sure you noticed this isn't quite big enough for a baby quilt. I'm running out of room to store quilt samples and I figured in a flat shot with no size reference, it wouldn't really matter that the quilt was not full-scale, but it would still show off an alternate colorway. I made all the parts half-size. It is awfully cute! Those tiny little prairie points were not difficult to make but they are too cute for words. I'm pretty sure this quilt will claim some of my sewing room wall for "storage" space.
So there's the cover for the revised version all planned out and squared away. Now all I have to do is actually revise the pattern...which turned out to not be as straightforward as I expected. May I bend your ear and solicit some opinions, please and thank you?
The original quilt called for cutting rectangles and pairing them up to make square units. Making strip sets and sub-cutting units would also work, but was very wasteful of fabric for the baby size, with lots of leftover lengths of strip sets. It wasn't a big deal to cut individual pieces for the baby size because there weren't that many pieces (relatively speaking). When I started working out cutting instructions for the twin and queen sizes, the number of rectangles got very large. That makes strip piecing and sub-cutting much more attractive.
Including both option, or strip piecing for some sizes and not for the other makes a very clunky, unwieldy pattern, and alternate fabric requirements, so I need to choose just one method. Strip piecing makes for lots of leftover strip set chunks in the smaller sizes. Not strip piecing requires a lot of extra cutting in the larger sizes. Which would you prefer to see in a pattern?
I will put off that decision till have more data (that would be your input) and indulge in a little bit of sewing for the rest of the day. Happy thought!