This quilt seemed to take a long time to finish, but I think it was mainly because I had to wait for some background fabric to arrive in the middle of assembling the top. It was also tricky to lay out. At one point I sewed a couple of blocks in wrong and had to fix them, so I asked the Twilters to look at it before I sandwiched it, just to be sure. Sometimes you’re just too close to a project.
I found this design at Sew Excited Quilts when Jackie was working with her strings. She worked out all of these great layouts, and when I saw the one with the stars, I knew it was what I wanted for this Quilt of Valor. I calculate that my quilt 56″ x 81″) has 1120 pieces of fabric in it! This has, finally, made a bit of a dent in my strings.
My stash has reached the point where I no longer have large backing pieces in every color, so I purchased this backing fabric on sale from Fabric Shack. I look the water color-like print!
I used white Bottom Line to stitch in the ditch and for all the stippling. I used a heavy Coats and Clark variegated thread for the stars and the hearts. I have mixed feelings about the way the stars turned out on the white areas. I really like tone-on-tone quilting, where the shadows do the work, but I also like pretty thread. These do add interest. What do you think?
I’m linking up to Finish it up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.
January 30, 2015 at 1:38 PM
Great quilt Valerie, and I love the star quilting! What a special gift to give someone for Quilts of Valor.
January 30, 2015 at 3:38 PM
I think it’s awesome! The star quilting is perfect!
January 30, 2015 at 4:09 PM
Beautiful job! I love the star quilting.
January 30, 2015 at 4:30 PM
This turned out so nice! What a great gift! –Torina from Tubaville
January 31, 2015 at 4:01 PM
Hello, I am just visiting you via Crazy Mom Quilts your quilt has such impact and the colours against the snow are fantastic. Thanks for sharing,
January 31, 2015 at 7:02 PM
What a gorgeous quilt! I’m sure that whoever receives it will love and treasure it.
January 31, 2015 at 9:41 PM
Any veteran will be honored to receive this quilt. The quilting is fantastic.
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