Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Starbright Quilt... finished!

Can y'all come over and visit today?  It's so. incredibly. gorgeous. outside, you might faint straight away.  Seriously, the sun is shining, the birds are singing and there are flowers everywhere!  Someone said yesterday that I have a terminal case of spring fever.  Yep, I do!  Here's why....

Starbright Quilt, finished!


Ta da.... my Starbright Quilt!  Last night, Brandon and I ran outside to take these shots in our front yard.

scrappy Starbright Quilt

This quilt, entirely machine pieced and mostly from scraps, pretty well sums up how I'm feeling.  Laaaaaa!

Spring!

Every year, I so anticipate the moment when our dogwood trees bloom.  They opened this weekend, so I've been drinking them up blossom by blossom. 

biggest, bestest Dogwood Trees ever?

We are incredibly blessed in South Carolina that dogwood trees grow wild.  These petite trees flourish in the understory of the tall pines and oak trees.  Our house, which was built in the 60's, has two gigantic dogwood trees in the front yard and maybe 10 or so surrounding our house in all.  Sometimes I wonder if these two in the front are the largest dogwood trees ever?  They must be SO old.

Loulouthi Summer Totem on back

The back of my Starbright Quilt is a patchwork of large cuts, pulled from my stash and improv-ed together this way and that.  Loving that large cut of Loulouthi Summer Totem and this opportunity to use my Flea Market Fancy gray posies!

Starbright Quilted with Juki!

This was my first time quilting with the Juki TL2010Q.  Oh my gosh that thing is FAST!  I used the walking foot which comes with the machine, and was totally impressed.  That walking foot feeds the quilt more evenly than Pfaff's even feed system by far!  I'm usually very careful to alternate the direction of travel when quilting parallel straight lines.  With this machine I had zero quilt drag when alternating direction of travel and just a tiny bit when I didn't.  Happiness!  Don't you love the finished texture?  I didn't mark these lines, so they're "organic straight lines".  Very enjoyable to make!

Improv patchwork back

Laid it out this morning to get a better shot of the back... wouldn't you know Susan found a spot straight off.

bound with Chicopee Circle Cross

She's bound in Chicopee Circle Cross, a nice low-volume print that seemed to fit the vibe of the patchwork stars.  Most of the neutral background is made up of Robert Kaufman Essex in natural.  I love how crisp the Essex is to work with.  Working with diamonds and triangles can be tricky, so that extra bit of "oomph" really helps.

color, color!

All rolled up and soon to find a spot on my someday-aqua shelf.

Hey, look!  Those jars need crochet cozies.  Noted.

Thanks for your support on yesterday's decorating brain dump.  You all sound game to follow this crafty detour.  Awesome!  The only idea that got some push-back was the yellow piano.  Really?  Ok, but have you seen one?  You've gotta see one.  I think I'm going to LOVE it!


68 comments:

  1. That is a lovely photo of you with the quilt "in" the dogwood tree! Here in MA we have just started to see the first forsythia, crocuses, snowdrops so I am a little jealous! I am SO into straight-line quilting these days. It adds a lovely texture to your colorful quilt! A great finish.

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  2. No wonder you are singing and dancing and bouncing---this quilt is GORGEOUS---and so are those trees. :D Ours here in northeast Tennessee aren't blooming yet, but I keep watching for them.

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  3. You have made many beautiful quilts but I think this may be my most favorite one ever!!

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  4. Absolutely gorgeous quilt!!!!! I love it!

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  5. WOW ... just love your star quilt and mostly the "organic straight line quilting" ... I'm always so scared to just go for it but am now inspired to take a leaf out of your book, take courage and a deep breath and just go for it with my quilting!

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  6. So pretty! Love your quilt and all the spring blooms. Enjoy.

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  7. Lovely! One thing about living in Los Angeles is that while there is continually nice weather, we don't have seasons. There is very little change in the way things look and it is definitely something I miss about living in the South!

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  8. jealous of those dogwoods!!! One of my absolute favorite trees. I want 10 in my yard too. There is definitely room, so I'll have to work on that!

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  9. I love the quilt! The quilting really makes it. So funny that Susan thinks it's hers. :)

    And I love spring in the South (I'm from Charlotte but live in Los Angeles now). I second Erica's sentiment. I'm coming back for a visit in June and I'm so excited - haven't been back to NC in about 3 years.

    So have you FMQed on the Juki yet, and if so which foot did you use and did you like it? I have tried out the 1/5" foot but I'm not used to a closed circle metal toe! My other machine had a clear plastic semicircle toe. I agree the machine FLIES when you've turned the speed up all the way. It's almost scary. I keep thinking I'm going to get pulled over, hahaha!

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    1. No, I haven't FMQed with it yet, but probably will this weekend. I have also ordered a custom FMQ foot for it, which should arrive next week. I'll be sharing about it!

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    2. Great! I am excited to see what you think and see what foot you're using. :)

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  10. Love the quilt. Just beautiful and fun!
    We are starting to experience Spring in Missouri and it makes me so very happy! I haven't any of the dogwood blooming yet, but I am sure it will happen so very soon!

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  11. wonderful quilt and wonderful flowers. Wish the flowers would be like this over here. But soon, I think.

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  12. This quilt is so cheerful. I want one. Another scrap buster for me. :-)) (Here in Louisiana, the dogwoods opened the week of Easter ... they almost always do. It's eerie considering the symbolism with the crucifixion. But I love it. I've also got them growing all around my house and they always make me smile. Just wish they bloomed longer.)

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  13. Wow, it is so pretty!. I love the quilting, I just finished my 6o degree diamond epp and guess how the quilting is going to be like!!!, Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

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  14. Your quilt is amazing! I love it.

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  15. Sooooooooooooo beautiful! I adore that quilt. Cannot wait for the blossoms to come out where I am.

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  16. What a beauty this quilt is ! Congratulations on finishing it and the most beautiful wheather to take a photo. Those dogwood trees are awesome !

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  17. GORGEOUS quilt! And thanks for the promise of spring...I need it. Here in MN we are expecting 7-12 inches of snow overnight.

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  18. Truly a beautiful quilt! I am so happy for you to have found a sewing machine that works and fits your needs. We all feel fortunate that you posted your experience with your Pfaff. It's important for manufactures to know that if they build a product that's not living up to the company's reputation, people will take notice and spread the word. Especially, women!

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  19. Love how your quilt turned out, just beautiful! Can't believe you didn't mark thos lines, they're great:)

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  20. I love your quilt. And I adore your photos of the blossom - iin the UK it still feels like the middle of winter - no trees are brave enough to wake up yet!

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  21. I absolutely love this quilt!! I can hear the happiness in your typing!! I am adding this quilt to my must attempt list fer sure! Gushing a lot over here!

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  22. What a lovely quilt. Is there a lucky recipient or will you sell it? :)

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    1. I don't have anyone planned for it. Probably should sell it!

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  23. Love this quilt very much!! Groetjes, Gerda

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  24. So lovely! The colors are amazing together. I still miss all the Dogwoods we had in North Carolina. I live in Virginia now, and we have a few, but there is nothing like driving down a good old Carolina road lined with Dogwoods when they are at their peak bloom! Sigh. Love some of them for me, ok?? :)

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  25. Wow! Wow! Wow! What a stunner this quilt is!!

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  26. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!! Love all the colors in your quilt and that you used mostly scraps! Your picture with the dogwoods is soooo pretty!

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  27. Love this quilt - so perfect for Spring. Your Dogwood trees look amazing.

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  28. your quilt is glorious! I love the colors. Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos!

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  29. Gorgeous quilt Rachel, I love the fabric you used on the binding. Job well done!

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  30. Love those dogwoods they are beautiful, love your quilt too it makes me believe spring is coming after the storm that is coming tomorrow.lol You did a wonderful job of quilting with that new sewing machine.

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  31. This is absolutely beautiful! I love the pattern and the bright colors!

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  32. this is really the most gorgeous quilt!, have you thought about a tutorial for it?. looking forward to your redecorating too. cheers rachel!

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  33. Beautiful quilt and totally springy! I think you might be in for a shock if all the people who read your blog popped into visit! Lucky (or not ?) that some of us live so far away in the Antipodes where we are having some stunning Autumn weather!

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  34. So aside from drooling over this splendidly scrap-happy creation, I am having some serious Juki envy (!) I love my new pfaff but have some of the same dragging issues you mentioned above.. sigh, perhaps it's time to start a 2010q piggy bank?

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  35. That quilt is just stunning -- so fresh and cheery! Your dogwoods are wonderful, too.

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  36. It is absolutely gorgeous. Stunning, bright, happy and spring time perfect.

    I love the spring pictures of your garden too. It looks beautiful, and I can understand, why you love your dogwoods.

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  37. What a stunning quilt! You must have the patiences of a saint for all that quilting...So much of it for a very effective result!!!

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  38. OHH, very nice, it's a lovely quilt. And that picture with you and the dogwood is just lovely. I, too, love dogwoods. They grow wild in some of the country around me, but I unfortantely don't have any on my land :(

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  39. Love the Starbright quilt ~ it's beautiful!
    One of the things I enjoy so much here in Portland, OR are all the flowering trees ~ there are so many and when they blossom it's amazing! Your dogwood trees are lovely.

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  40. Absolutely love how this one turned out! Stunning! And I'm super jealous of all the springtime goodness in your photos...it's been raining all week here so we are feeling a bit dreary. :)

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  41. Rachel, this is a stunning quilt! You should really be proud of yourself!!!

    Hugs,
    Celia

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  42. Hope it's okay to share my opinion here. I think your jars of colored pencils and knitting needles need no further adornment. They are colorful charming items that shine with charm through their little glass enclosures. I would save the crocheted doilies for something else perhaps. Just a thought. (:
    The quilt is fantastic! And I love your dogwoods. In Austin, we have roughleaf dogwoods that really don't smell so good. More like wet gym socks than sweet flowers! Lucky you!

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    1. Sure, opinions are welcome! I was wondering about the same thing because I like seeing the colored pencils at least through the glass. The crochet cozies surround the jars to embellish the jars themselves. I might just do a few jars, but not all in a collection...

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  43. I read, but don't comment much. I really liked the bright,beautiful quilt, and I think a yellow piano would be pretty, as long as it isn't mustard yellow.

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  44. Ooooooh that is a gorgeous quilt in a gorgeous setting. We are experiencing 'winter storm warnings' here in Canada. Ick. We really are done with this winter and I'm buoyed by your front yard scene!! Thank you for that little reminder that spring... is... coming...
    Oh and I'm firmly in the 'yes to yellow' camp!!!

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  45. LOVE this quilt in all it's starry color glory! Have you pieced on the juki yet? or is that going to be delegated to just quilting?

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    1. Yes, I piece on it all the time! I only pull out my little Kenmore for the zigzag stitch =)

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  46. In awe of your beautiful quilt and then I saw the blossoms!!! So beautiful - I'm getting impatient up here in Canada!

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  47. This Quilt turned out incredible. I love the colors and agree that the texture of the quilting is very pleasing to look at. You do wonderful work!

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  48. I think I need to do this pattern for a near future service quilt. It looks like it was so much fun to make.

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  49. it is soooo BEAUTIFUL!It makes me dizzy trying to figure it out. I just LOVVVEEEE it. Beautiful you and beautiful dogwoods. My Lilacs are just finishing blooming, next are the roses!
    Cat

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  50. So so so beautiful! Bright and cherry - a perfect Spring quilt!

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  51. this quilt is just awesome! love it so inspiring... really think I'll made one with my scrap so beautiful.
    enjoy your tree in flower.. here it's suppose to have 15 cm of snow today!!!

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  52. Oh my...your quilt is exquisite! What a ton of work. Your flowers and trees are beautiful. It's been raining in Michigan for a week solid now and snow before that. Ohhh how I long to see a flowering anything at this point.

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  53. This is probably a stretch but can you make a paper piecing template for this design? I really want to make it but the idea of cutting and sewing triangles and diamonds scares me!

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    1. I understand, Rachel, but I won't be making a template at this time. I actually plan to have this design be part of a class on Triangles next spring =)

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