Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Shadow Stars Quilted and Bound

The wise response to intolerance is not more intolerance or self-righteousness; it is a coming together across the ideological spectrum of people who want to make democracies more effective. 
We should remember that the heroes we cherish 
- Lincoln, King, Gandhi, Mandela - spoke to the best within us.
~Madeleine Albright

Quilting


A few years ago it seemed time to make something with a white background for our summer bed. I recalled the Shadow Star quilt my great-aunt made and found the newspaper clipping my cousin sent. The first step was to redraft the pattern, an eight-pointed star variation. Next I wanted a border even though the original had none.  It took several years to get everything together and I wisely sent it to Peg Collins for quilting. 

She completed just it and mailed it back!

Shadow Star quilt

Peg free-motion quilted everything. The border quilting is simple but...
 
Vase detail on Shadow Star quilt


she went to town on the center. Each star, indeed, each point has its own design.  Lots of swirls...

Shadow Star quilting detail

and spirals...

Shadow Star quilting detail

and circles...

Shadow Star quilting detail

and blades...



and feathers. Even some arrows.  Peg's free-flowing designs move across the white, helping the star points and the background blend even more. That was always my favorite part of this design and I think it's why I remember it all these years later. 


The back is an extra-wide blue and white print. 



Despite being a traditional border, it updates this quilt tremendously. The stripes are "hand-drawn" in several shades of blue on white. There was nothing in my stash that worked so I purchased yardage online which wasn't the right shade. Then I found this. Online, too. Gathering my courage, I bought it. Success.



My dear friend, Gayle, gifted me a yard of her green fabric which gave me enough clear but quiet green for the leaves. The stems are a plaid cut on the bias. And the charming vases are fussy cut from to show off the rabbits. {Unfortunately there wasn't room for the ears. 



This angled view gives me an idea of how it will look on the bed. {But we are still awaiting the bed frames which need repairs after the movers tossed them around.}

Quilt Specifics
Size: 112" x 112"
Design: Shadow Star with Vessel, Vine, and Floral border
Batting: cotton
Thread: white polyester thread
Quilting: FMQ by Peg Collins
Approximate yardage: 22 yds

Previous posts:


Perhaps this blog should be renamed Shadow Stars since they have been the subject of so many, many posts. 

Enjoy the day, Ann


47 comments:

  1. Oh. My. Goodness! What a spectacular achievement!

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  2. The quilt is beautiful! It was a lot of work and that work shows! Peg's quilting is perfect and really enhances the design. I hope you can get your bedframe fixed soon so you can start to enjoy the quilt on the bed!

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    1. Peg did a great job. Her quilting updates this quilt. Hopefully the bed frame will be fixed this week.

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  3. OMG .... what a beautiful treasure you now have!

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  4. WOW--this is so gorgeous--beautiful applique (soooo may leaves!!;000)
    The appliqued border adds so much to this one...gorgeous work hugs, Julierose

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    1. Thanks, Julierose. There are loads of leaves but I'm glad I took the time.

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  5. It is absolutely splendid, Anne. Peg's quilting enhances your beautiful design. You really, really must enter it into a show!!

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    1. Thanks, Nann. Peg did a wonderful job. I hand't thought about entering it in a show. I'll have to see.

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  6. A tour de force! I've enjoyed the stars right along the whole process, but the quilting elevates this quilt. It is an absolute show stopper, Ann!

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    1. Thank you. It's been fun working on this but I'm glad to have it done while it's still fresh. Peg's work is wonderful.

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  7. Such a beautiful quilt. Congratulations on such a lovely finish.

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  8. How lovely to see this finally finished - and what a finish it is! The quilting has a lovely feeling of spontaneity and I especially like how Peg has moved from one design to another.

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    1. Peg just freehanded across the surface and I admire her work so much. I'm delighted to have it done and hopefully on the bed next week.

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  9. Completely stunning! What a treasure!

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  10. this is one where each block is a stand alone beauty, then put together they create a whole unified rich work. Quilting is lovely and supports the work

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    1. What a lovely thing to say, LeeAnna. Thank you.

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  11. I do not love this quilt. I am in love with this quilt. It makes me want to be a better quilter. Also agreeing with everything LeeAnna just said before me.

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    1. Thank you, Preeti. It's been worth the effort.

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  12. So wonderful Ann! You work really all paid off in the awe inspiring finish. I didn't realize it was so big - quite an undertaking.

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    1. It's enormous, Robin. A bit larger than needed but, as usual, I got carried away.

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  13. It's really beautiful, and the family connection makes it perfect. Congratulations, what a satisfying finish!

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    1. Thanks, Monica. I'm delighted to have my own version of my great-aunt's quilt.

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  14. An absolute treasure and well done quilting!

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  15. It is glorious! Your work and that of your quilter combine to make a fantastically beautiful work of art.

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    1. Peg's work elevated mine. Thanks, Julie.

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  16. WOW! Her quilting is divine. What a beautiful complement to your pieced/applique design.

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    1. Peg is a fantastic quilter. Thanks for writing, Mel.

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  17. What a fabulous quilt! congratulations on this finish. wow! I wish I could see it in person

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    1. Thank you, Barb. I remember quilt shows. Wouldn't it be great if that was safe again?

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  18. Oh my goodness! Wow! Your quilt is soooooo beautiful!

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    1. Thank you, Cathy. It's taken a few years.

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  19. Exquisite! Such stunning and beautifully executed work! And so lovely to behold! More power to you!!

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    1. Thanks, Laura. I wanted to use my great-aunt's block but am so glad I updated it with the border.

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  20. This quilt is absolutely fantastic! I am in love with your subtle striped border fabric background--so perfect for the overall look of the quilt and the soft transition from the look-at-me stars. your border applique may read as traditional, but it's on the bold side as the leaves are a skooch larger than the typical antique style. Wonderful work pulling this all together. You did good.:)

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    1. Thanks, Audrey. My husband inspired the border when he said the quilt had lots of white. Isn't it interesting what a huge difference that small change made? And yes, the leaves are larger than expected even though I drafted the border. Guess I didn't look at them in relation to the stars. But overall, I'm thrilled.

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  21. Your quilt is a stunner!! So good to see it with all four tulip borders on and that quilting is glorious, never have I seen such amazing quilting before. Congratulations to both yourself and your quilter.

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    1. I'm lucky to get a shot of the whole quilt. It's so large it doesn't fit on my old design wall... that I don't have anymore anyway. Peg's quilting is fabulous. She just does her thing. Lucky me.

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