Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Starlight, starbright

Do you know I actually dragged my feet on finishing this quilt top because I didn't want to stop the piecing?  Seriously.  No exaggeration.  Once all the pieces were cut and the quilt colors were mapped out, it was such a peaceful, brainless zen.  And so colorful!

Starbright quilt top

Actually, I didn't think it was going to be quite this colorful.   It's pretty, yes.  Cheerful, definitely.  And really, really bright.  It's what pretty much always happen if I let my scraps loose.  Scraps like to be arranged a la rainbow.  Though, I did resist orange somehow.

I wish I may, I wish I might

Last night when I was showing the finished top to my friend Heather (who gets credit for suggestingy a monochromatic star layout instead of the scrappy one I started with) I realized the quilt looks like Rainbow Brite's bedspread.  Don't you think?  Ok, children of the 80's (and their moms), back me up!  So, naturally, the quilt needs a representative name.  Starbright it is!

Starbright quilt top

Now I'm thinking to quilt it with random straight lines (like this), something I tend to fall into with star-themed quilts.  But, I'm wondering if something more "traditional" might suit this quilt better.  Something by machine. Something not stippling.  Let me know if you have any ideas!

P.S.  So, I am definitely not the only one raring for a string-along!!!  I'm making my list and marshaling the troops for a Scrap Attack {String Fever} stat.  More details to come!  It's gonna be FUN!

39 comments:

  1. so very pretty!!! love how bright and springy it is.

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  2. That is SO beautiful. Wow, just stunning!

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  3. This turned out sooooo good! (PS: My favorite line from your whole post is..."Something not stippling." ha ha ha ha!) ;)

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  4. it's really bright but it's wonderful for us having much snow over here now. Colour!!! As I'm no pro to quilting I have no idea to share here. No stipling also means no star pattern like Elizabeth / OhFransson! quilts sometimes?

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    1. That's not a bad idea, but star quilting isn't so easy. I don't think I'm up for it! I guess by "not stippling" I just meant not normal-ish stippling.

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  5. what was funny is Madonna's lucky star was in my head already from earlier today when I herd it on the radio. this is very much a rainbow bright quilt and I love it. I think you could do doodled swirls like this https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcQIyfmEDdPIOHdn98thgN5oBCbFYbsYi-wG6-qgpNvH1ZYwDGH8Bg
    or if your going with a long armer maybe (Gina goes great work)
    http://ginabeanhandmade.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2013-01-06T21:10:00-05:00&max-results=7&start=14&by-date=false

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  6. Rachel, this is stunning. Just amazingly beautiful. And maybe it's your Handstitched influence, or maybe it's those pretty colourful stars, but I think hand quilting with different perl doing an internal echo of each star... Think how stunning that would be on a plain white/cream back too.
    Whatever you do will be gorgeous.
    E xx

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  7. It looks fabulous, love the colour mix, beautiful! :o)

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  8. I agree with Erin above. You could outline each star except by machine. Hand or machine quilting would be lovely on this quilt. I am a Mom who remembers Rainbow Brite. My oldest Daughter had a doll. Perfect name for your quilt.

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  9. Hi!!! Your quilt is beautiful!!! Yes!!!! Very cheerful!!! Starbrite is a great name!!!! Yea I was around in the 80's!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  10. So cool! LOL @ Rainbow Brite. What about some wavy lines instead of straight to counter all the sharp angles?

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  11. Oh man! I loved Rainbow Bright when I was a kid. :) I think the name suits this gorgeous, colorful quilt perfectly. You could pick one star in the off-center-ish of the quilt and have straight lines radiate outwards from that, following all the straight and diagonal lines that correspond. That would really convey the feeling of starlight emanating outward. I'm excited to see what you'll end up doing.

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  12. Wow ! This quilt is absolutely stunning !

    Maybe you could hang it on the wall for a few days until the quilt "speaks" to you :)

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  13. I totally agree with the idea of the echo quilting. You could either just do the echo quilting within the grey or in the stars, depending which you would like to accentuate.

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  14. It's so perfect already that I'd be tempted to stitch in the ditch. Or something in a diamond/triangle pattern. Can't wait to see what you do!

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  15. I think it's a very lovely quilt! And how could you resist orange? Groetjes, Gerda

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  16. I love it, it looks 3d to me and so pretty :)

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  17. I love it! Would you believe my mom actually sewed me a Rainbow Brite costume for Halloween once? Complete with puffy moon boots. It was awesome.

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  18. If you want to accentuate the stars and have it be more traditional since the quilt is very traditional I would most definitely quilt in the ditch around the stars. If you want to put a modern spin on a traditional quilt then offset concentric circles would put an interesting spin on it. No pun intended. ;)

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  19. WOW ... I wish I was so bold with colours ... it looks amazing! Inspired and in awe once again by the amazing talent out there!

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  20. Wonderful quilt, bright and lovely, it would cheer every person up at any moment!

    Hugs,
    Tatyana

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  21. Love the quilt and the name! I actually had a Rainbow Bright bedroom when I was little so this makes me a little nostalgic :)

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  23. of course, i love the colorful! it's a great quilt top. yay!

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  24. It's so bright and cheerful! HAve you thought about swirled quilting?

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  25. Rainbow Brite WISHES she had a quilt this awesome!

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    1. Hahaha, thanks. What a perfectly delightful comment!

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  26. Just love it! Perfect name too!my daughter loved rainbow brite :)

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  27. It's beautiful ~ Starbright indeed!

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  28. Lovely bright quilt.Love the jar cosies,just had to repin those.x

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