Monday, December 23, 2013

Red, Red Stars quilt

 Red Red Stars quilt

I usually feel pretty good when I finish any quilt, but this one... this one feels GLORIOUS!  I'm so, so glad that I went "all in" with Anna Maria Horner fabrics for the stars and that magnetic Kona Rich Red for the background.  I can't get over how much I love this combo.  FYI, I did pre-wash the Kona, and I'm happy to report that there was not a bit of bleeding when I washed the finished quilt this weekend!

ready to baste!

One of the best things about this project was making it with my friends.  It was perfectly delightful to share some of my favorite fabrics with them, and since we sewed together in real life, to get to hear their ooohs and aaaaahs as they worked with the fabulousness that is Anna Maria Horner.

continuous eight quilting

I quilted on my Juki Tl2010Q (HEART!), whose generous harp space makes this 6" wide continuous eight free motion quilting pattern possible.  There's no way I could have done this on a small machine!   I couldn't believe how fast this one quilted up.  This is my second go with the continuous eight (my first time I did about 4" wide).  I like it big like this, and I love that it's such a durable quilting pattern (all those crossing lines and good coverage).  Expect to see more of this in my future.  Funny, once I thought I was a mostly straight-line girl!

red, red Stars

So here she is.  Ta Da!

red, red Stars quilt

You all, I had So Much fun making this one that I could be convinced to start another one like right now if I didn't have my sewing list already cut out for me.  But, I think maybe another Sawtooth Star quilt on a colored background in 2014.  Yes, I think so.

Flourish by Anna Maria Horner

For the backing I used Dowry in Flourish by Anna Maria Horner.  It has red to compliment the Kona Rich Red, but blue and sage and toast colors too, which hint at the colorful stars.

Dowry Flourish = great backing!

Flourish is a nice print for a backing, because it's a meandering large scale that hides the joining seam pretty well.  The joining seam in my backing is visible here in the flat section of the quilt back.  Can you spot it?

Anna Maria Horner stars on Kona Rich Red

Binding

And now we have to part, dear quilt.  I am grateful though that you are destined for a home where you'll doubtless be used and not just stored in a cabinet.  Be well.  Make them smile.  Keep them warm.

We send you with our love!

Fabric Notes:  You can find Anna Maria Horner fabrics at most of the fabric shops in my side bar, especially at Fabricworm, Intrepid Thread and Sew Love Fabrics in the U.S and at Mad About Patchwork and Fabric Spot in Canada.

Thanks to Freespirit for some recent Anna Maria Horner fabrics and to Robert Kaufman for supplying the Kona Rich Red.   My gratitude to the Warm Company for supplying me with Warm & Natural batting.  You make quilts like this - created to be given away - possible!

55 comments:

  1. It's so gorgeous! And the colors are perfect for the deep winter!

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  2. Wow! Never would have thought that deep red could work so well as a background. Gorgeous!

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  3. It's a stunner, that's for sure! Merry Christmas to you!

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  4. Beautiful! Congrats on the finish and thanks for sharing!

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  5. It turned out amazing!!!! Gorgeous!!

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  6. it's gorgeous!!!! wow, absolutely stunning. That red was such a perfect match for all these beautiful stars.

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  7. Another inspiring quilt, Rachel! That red is such a complement to those rich, colour saturated Anna Maria Horner prints. Is the binding also AMH, or is it a Denyse Schmidt print I spy?

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    1. The binding is a Denyse Schmidt print from Shelburne Falls. I wanted something near the same value level as the red background so it would blend in, but I didn't want it to just match. It was a hard search! The print I ended up with is dark navy and red, so it coordinated well with the back too.

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  8. I love the quilting, Rachel! Did you mark the quilt top first? I want to try something similar on one I just finished. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Oh, good question! My pattern was 6" wide and my blocks were 12" wide. I used my hera marker to mark the center of each block row, thereby creating 6" rows (using the seam and the marked crease). Worked great!

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    2. Thank you! Merry Christmas.

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  9. Making this with friends sounds like loads of fun! Lovely outcome too! :)

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  10. A truly beautiful quilt and yes, stunning fabrics.

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  11. What a warm quilt! I really like the backing. You can only see the join because you point it out, otherwise no one would ever notice. But that bluey green (sage, did you say?) is such a perfect compliment to the saturated front.
    Really beautiful. Rachel.
    E xx

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  12. Very pretty. I really like the way the red sets everything off. Nice job.

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  13. Great colours....... it really has worked out beautifully. I'm interested that it didn't bleed,.......... did you add anything to the wash to prevent bleeding?

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    1. I think it didn't bleed because Kona is usually colorfast and I did prewash it. Yes, I did add a color catcher to the load, but it came out looking clean, so I really don't think it bled at all.

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  15. it's just beautiful, rachel. i love the red, it's such a great background to the amh prints! and that quilting is fabulous. i'd love to give that a try.

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  16. I love the red as background to this quilt, that was a truly inspired choice. The quilting is lovely, I am going to give it a try.

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  17. Wowza! An absolutely stunning finish!!

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  18. It's GORGEOUS, so lush and rich and red!!!!!!!!!! Well done!!!!!!!!!
    kate

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  19. I Love this so much! So striking - you've inspired me and I'm going to start one of my own soon!

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  20. I really love this one. I tend to stay conservative with background fabrics and could never visualized this red. It is just so amazing. I think I need to stretch myself in this direction. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  21. I love your quilting! I've been thinking about doing the same design on a quilt that I am working on. Any tips? Did you mark it at all first?

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  22. A beautiful quilt to finish the year Rachel. I think I would find it hard to part with this too. Love that backing fabric. Merry Christmas to you and your family. All the best for 2014.

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  23. Just gorgeous and fantastic quilting! I can see why you want to make another!

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  24. Ta Da - I love this quilt - the amazing red stars and the funky blue flowered backing - you really found an amazing combination - absolutely gorgeous!

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  25. Perfect combination! I love it.

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  26. Hi Rachel! This is so gorgeus! I thought red is not my colour but I love your quilt and would happily see it on my couch! All the Fabrics and colours are beautiful and stars are always stars! I wish you and your familly Merry Christmas and Happy NEW Year! x Teje

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  27. It's gorgeous Rachel! I love it. The red kona was the perfect choice.The star block was the perfect choice too! love your work

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  28. What a beauty sure the recipient will adore it!

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  29. What a beauty sure the recipient will adore it!

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  30. It is a lovely quilt! Merry Christmas, Rachel!

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  31. Fab quilt!

    Merry Christmas, Rachel! To you and your family!

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  32. I do love your quilt with the Kona Red. I would have never thought to use red. You cannot go wrong with Anna Marie. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

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  33. Love your Kona Red quilt. So much inspiration coming from you.
    thanks so much and Merry Christmas.
    jam

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  34. Gorgeous! I love the red as a background! Thank you for sharing.

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  35. Simply perfect ! delightful colours, love the backing, and now I want a new machine lol :P jealous much

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  36. Rachel, this quilt is GORGEOUS. While I think that the Anna Maria fabric would have made for a lovely quilt, the rich red background is what makes this quilt so fabulous. Well done!

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  37. Love red and love the way the stars pop out. Beautiful colours and fabulous choice for your backing. I am not surprised that you are happy with it.

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  38. I'm new to quilting so perhaps my opinion with change with experience, but I'm not into all the white backgrounds (also perhaps b/c I have dogs and children). I know white off sets the colors well, but this red is absolutely gorgeous! And the sawtooth stars are beautiful! The receiver is a lucky person!! Amazing work!

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  39. "Be well. Make them smile. Keep them warm." I love this - I imagine soft, whispered - prayer. I will whisper it to my quilts from now on... As always, thank you for inspiration.

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  40. I love the intense Red background. I did a quilt this year with a Red background and I too loved how it turned out.

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  41. Hey Rachel this is lovely. I'm with you on something saw toothed next year.
    I now have Denyse Schmidts book, she does them so well.
    Cannot wait to start a fresh new year xx

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  42. I love the quilting (and they quilt too of course). Gorgeous!

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  43. I love it!!! The red is amazing! Thank you for all your work to make it possible!! Let's do it again! :)

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  44. I got so behind on my blogroll over Christmas, but I love this quilt!! Makes me rethink my recent statements about my affinity for complex quilts. Simple is good too, done right like this one.

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    1. Thanks, Sarah! I think this is my favorite quilt of the year. Funny, because it's far from perfect and not at all original, but I absolutely love the end results!

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  45. Just wanted you to know that I fell in love with this quilt at first sight, bought my red Kona, had the ANH fabrics I wanted to use - and then it sat, lost in the accumulating "oh look, that's new" possibilities. BUT, now, 3 years later, I've returned to the things I planned to make and this beauty floated to the top of the heap. I've totally mastered drawing or tracing "unusual pieces" and so did 1 block to start, before cutting everything. And I fell in love all over again. Your tutorial was absolutely perfect and the flying geese are spot on, seriously. So when we head to the beach for another week, it's going with me for some sewing and I cannot wait!! Thank you again for all your wonderful ideas. I should note I've done 2 "Bricks" and they remain among my favorites.

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