Monday, May 20, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Spring 2013

Well I've been thinking and thinking and thinking about which quilt I wanted to enter in this edition of the Blogger's Quilt Festival, and I finally decided on this one which I call Millennium Stars. (This picture looks way better if you click on it and make it larger - I really think you'll be surprised what a difference it makes.)



This is a very generous queen size quilt and it was impossible to get a good picture of in indoors so I hauled it out of my son's house when he wasn't there (he really shouldn't have given me keys -LOL) and "posed" it on his front lawn. Now it isn't a whole lot brighter on the lawn since his little house is completely dwarfed by a gigantic oak tree, but by standing on his front porch wall and hanging onto the brick corner post I was able to get it all in the picture. When my son saw these photos he asked how I got them and ummmm, I told him. He shook his head and mumbled "crazy lady".... he knows me too well.

Here's another "pose" that has my youngest son hiding behind the quilt. I'm afraid that he too was mumbling "crazy lady" as he stood there.



Anyway, every single star in this quilt is a different print that has some sort of metallic on it -silver, gold or copper - there are 111 stars. I played with the colors so that they flow outward from a light center to the darker edges. The sawtooth border is made from the same fabrics as in the blocks.

This quilt was a long long time in the making. I started it over 10 years ago and it languished half quilted for about a decade. When my oldest son bought his house he wanted a quilt for his bedroom. One afternoon I was cleaning out a corner of my sewing room and found this quilt stuffed in a laundry basket. I had totally forgotten it existed. I loved the top but hated the quilting I had put in it. My son saw it and asked if I had any plans for this quilt as he really liked it. Whoa... that was a surprise. So for a couple of days I debated whether to continue with the machine quilting I had done (just boring in the ditch) or should I take out all my quilting and send it off to my long arm gal, Cass. Well you can see from the following close ups I unsewed it and send it off and she did a wonderful job. I had no idea what color to do the quilting in and Cass choose a soft gray which really complements all the different fabrics.

Here are some of the light gold blocks from the center of the quilt -


and some of the rosy purples...


and some of the deep blues...


and the block that gives this quilt it's name...


This is fabric from the Millennium year 2000 - I'm glad I finally got this finished. It certainly made a lovely quilt in my opinion. My son says it looks like the quilt was custom made for his bedroom which is a deep blue. Since I started this quilt over a decade ago, this would make me quite prescient. Too bad I didn't have the vision to buy Apple stock too - LOL!


Thanks for stopping by and looking at my entry in the Bed Quilt category. I hope that all of you enjoy the Bloggers' Quilt Festival as much as I do. So many talented quilters who generously share their creativity.

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Happy stitching-
carol fun

15 comments:

  1. I love your theme for the prints; they seem to sparkle, perfect for a star quilt!

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  2. What a beautiful quilt! :0)

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  3. I absolutely love this quit!! They can call you crazy, but I know they love you!!

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  4. What? No yellow? It's a very lovely quilt.

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  5. GORgeous!! You are right clicking does make a difference. (Although I was wow'ed at the small pic too) This is so beautiful, thanks so much for sharing.

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  6. P.S. You did the right think letting her finish up the quilt - as she knew what to do and enhanced it.

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  7. Absolutely beautiful. But, it sure doesn't seem like you to like to do all those half square triangles!

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  8. This looks stunning! Lucky son to have a new house and this on his bed. Beautiful!

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  9. That is a beautiful quilt! a great choice!

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  10. I love it that the stars are all different fabrics!

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  11. Beautiful. I love the play of shadow and light under the big oak tree. Well done

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  12. I really like it Carol. I'm glad your son saw it and liked it enough to want it. That's a great feeling.

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  13. You are one talent we will be watching...you are so good with unique design...

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  14. Being without Internet for 2 weeks really put me behind and I'm still trying to catch up! Carol, I ADORE this quilt! I am a sucker for star quilts and you did such an amazing job of placing every block in just the right spot. It's gorgeous and I love that your boy has claimed it for his own! Well done!

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