Saturday, July 13, 2013

Modern Lone Star

For the longest time, I have been admiring Janice's Scrappy Lone Star Quilt from the blog Better Off Thread.  When I saw a tutorial existed from Janice herself, I knew another quilt was in my future.  I just had to bide my time and wait for the perfect recipient.  When MC, the mom-to-be of the recent baby shower decor post, announced her pregnancy at a lovely girls night out, I knew I had found the person. 

Now I was faced with all the important questions of making a quilt.  What fabric should I use?  Should I center the lone star or take the modern route and slice it in half and move it to the side of the quilt?  I took the easy way out and asked the mom-to-be.  I had two different fabric collections I was looking at and I let her choose based on the images on my phone (which is a really lousy way to look at fabric by the way).  She ended up choosing Angela Walter's Texture collection, which is the collection I was leaning towards as well.  I also asked her if she wanted something more traditional or modern.  She chose modern, so I was done with all the major decisions.

I printed off the tutorial and followed the instructions to a tee until it came time to completely piece the front.  I made the whole lone star and sliced it into 2 unequal halves.  Can I just say slicing a piecing project with 45 degree angles was not the easiest thing to do.  I didn't want to screw it up and have to do it all over again.  I also didn't want to discard the smaller of the sliced pieces, so I figured out a way to incorporate it into the front.  It's my version of the scrappy lone star quilt and I'm really proud that I was able to piece it all together in a slightly new way.




The back of the quilt uses the panel from the Texture fabric collection and the teal accent color that surrounds the star for the baby's initial.  I was a little bummed that I didn't meet the requirements for the Make It Right Challenge, but I had already finished the quilt before the challenge was publicized.  The winners are posted here and there are some really great projects.  I honestly don't think I would have stood a chance.

The quilting was a bit challenging because I was meeting up two similar quilting patterns in the middle and I had to make them look like I was doing it on purpose without any hiccups.  This is the first time I took my straight-line quilting to a new level and it turned out better than I could have hoped for.  I'm really pleased with the finished product.



40 comments:

  1. It looks fantastic! Your quilting is amazing and really compliments the quilt. Nice job!!

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  2. Wow, this is stunning! I'm sure your friend will treasure this forever.

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  3. This is gorgeous! I love how you made the two "half" lone stars. So pretty!

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  4. Janet, I love this quilt. I can only imagine how tough it was to finish that star, and then cut it!

    :) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation

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    1. Janet- I'm so glad you shared this at Needle and Thread Thursday! It's awesome!

      :) Kelly

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  5. As if the front weren't already amazing enough on it's own (hello beautiful quilting perfection), /look at that back!/ I might have to borrow that monogram idea... brilliant!

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  6. It looks amazing! I love that you used both halves and the quilting is so perfect! I'm glad you enjoyed the tutorial.

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  7. Really impressed with your work!
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

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  8. I love the quilting :) did you appliqué the C after quilting?

    Spolgarquilts.wordpress.com

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  9. Dropped by from Let's Get Acquatined, fabulous work, love how you've cut and spliced it :)

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  10. Beautiful finish and I love the color and fabric choices!! I'm a big fan of that pattern as well :)

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  11. I really love the look of modern quilts and you've nailed it! Its absolutely stunning.
    Thanks for linking up to 'Anything Goes'

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  12. So beautiful! I must do something similar, I admire!!

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  13. This really is beautiful - the stars are already amazing but I also love the back!

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  14. This is wonderful Janet! I've been dreaming of doing my own "Janice-style" lonestar. Great job on the quilting too :)
    Amanda

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  15. Your specific lonestar design is fabulous. Your color choice and quilting are spectacular!

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  16. What a stunning quilt! I love how you split it. It looks amazing.

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  17. Beautiful! I love the quilting! Visiting from Better off Thread.

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  18. Great job, I have had Lone Star on my to-do list for quite some time, you may have given me just enough motivation to start one!

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  19. A most interesting take on an old favorite. You didn't even avoid meeting all those points in the center! Oh I know you can't just cut it down the middle, but I'd have been tempted. And I wouldn't have bee able to discard the other "half" either.

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  20. Wow, that is awesome! That quilting does look perfect too. Hmmm...might have to add one of these to my list too:)

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  21. Wonderful! I have only made a couple lone star quilts and I wasn't too sure I'd ever make another. All that piecing! You've put it together in a new and fresh way that makes me want to try again. Thanks for sharing!

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  22. Love, love, love how you did this! I have plans to make a lone start quilt, but have yet to do it! I found you from Better off thread, and I love the quilts that you have shared on here! I would love it if you would stop by my blog and follow me.

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  23. Fantastic quilting and. Love e palate you chose! Beautiful quilt :)

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  24. i don't think you've made anything i haven't loved, janet! this is a fabulous lone star. i love the offset you did and of course the initial on the back. it's wonderful!!!

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  25. This is a fun piece. Very modern take on an old pattern! Great color choice.

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  26. Wowza - everything about this quilt is amazing, but that quilting took my breath away!

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  27. Oh.my.goodness!! Love it and I know the mama will be ecstatic to have it!

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  28. Beautiful! This pattern is on my wish list and I can only hope mine turns out half as lovely as yours did!

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  29. Bravo! I love your color choices and the quilting is excellent....just brings everything together. Someone is very luck to have you as a friend!!

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  30. I'm really pleased with your finished product as well! Keep going down this path, it suits.

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  31. Congrats on the quilting! Amazing! Great quilt!

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  32. Gorgeous quilt. The baby and mom will be very happy with it. If not, send it to me! ;-)
    Esther
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com
    ipatchandquilt dot wordpress dot com

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  33. I've been trying to follow the tutorial, and it's one I put on the shelf for a little bit because I was having trouble with the piecing. Your quilt is beautiful! The piecing looks great, and I love how you chose to quilt it.

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  34. That is an amazing quilt, Janet! It's always fun to see how others "think outside the box"! Whoop whoop!!

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  35. I love the double star! I did something similar with the tutorial and had a mini heart attack cutting the star in half too! http://sparrowlanequilts.blogspot.com/2013/06/lone-star-quilt-finished.html I had totally thought of doing some type of echo quilting on both stars but couldn't figure out how to make the interference pattern (where they meet) look good--you did a great job! I'm so glad to see it can be done! Your quilt is beautiful, I love the fabrics and colors you used!

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