Thursday, November 6, 2014

Love in Starbright Stars

One evening in the early autumn twilight, we captured some photographs of this recent finish.

Love in Starbright Stars

It's Love in Starbright Stars, a collaborative quilt made with blocks by my Love circle friends, to be donated to Wrap Them in Love.  We're a circle of do. Good Stitches that makes quilts for needy children.

 Love in Starbright Stars

Putting this quilt together was an intriguing color puzzle.  With lots and lots of rearranging, I did my best to bring triangle points in similar pinks together.   I'm loving the contrast between the resulting dark and light stars.  I think it creates more movement in the quilt than freely mixing the colors would have done.

Love in Starbright Stars

I asked for stars in any shade of pink.  Monochromatic is such a powerful and safe color scheme.  No matter what kind of pink I received, even if they tend towards purple or red, the shades blend and tumble together with such richness.  I really think this works beautifully with any color at all.  Try it!

 Love in Starbright Stars

So, as you know... I jumped into straight line free motion quilting to finish this baby up.  That part wasn't pleasant.  It was at least 2/3's through the quilt before I noticed much improvement on my lines.  In the meantime....  well, I was not very pleasant!

 Love in Starbright Stars

But I do like how it turned out on the back.  All that red Essex linen/cotton blend creates a clear canvas for the star quilting.  In the end, if I step back, I think it turned out real pretty.  Finished with Joel Dewberry lattice pink binding for a subtle edge.

Love in Starbright Stars

It's such a privilege to do something I love in a way that blesses others.  I've been leading the Love circle for 4 years now, during which time do. Good Stitches has grown and multiplied into 24 circles stretched round the world.  Thanks to all who have been involved with the bee in the past, are with us right now or will be in the future.  We will never know how greatly our stitches, our art has impacted others.

The world is changed one little act at a time.  Won't you join us?

p.s. Learn about do. Good Stitches here.  While quilts of all styles are wonderful acts of charity, this bee intends to bring together active Flickr-users who enjoy sewing with modern fabrics.  To join the wait list, please use this form.


23 comments:

  1. I think it's lovely and you got some great practice quilting as a bonus!

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  2. Lovely work ladies ~ some little girl is going to be blessed and wrapped in so much love!

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  3. It is beautiful - I like the surroundings where you photographed it!

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    1. Thanks, Alycia. I'm lucky that the back of our barn is that wonderful distressed metal! That's one reason why I hope we can keep the structure up...

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  4. Rachel, I just love this quilt. Someone will surely appreciate receiving this.

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  5. Someone is going to love this quilt to pieces! So pretty and feminine!

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  6. What a perfectly lovely finish! I love the light and dark interplay.

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  7. It came out just beautiful. I will definitely take a moment to check out the do.GoodStitches link. You are so right - one act at a time. Stop by my blog to see how my daughter made a difference with one act.

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  8. Oh goodness. That is absolutely gorgeous! I'm curious if you took any pictures with the pieces placed at random versus grouping similar shades at the points. I agree about the movement though! I'm just curious if it would have made a big difference.

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    1. Oh, I should have done that! I think I was just completely focused on the color puzzle =)

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  9. This quilt looks amazing! It will make a little girl very happy!

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  10. The quilt is really beautiful. I have something for stars. The arranging was worth it.

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  11. Love the pinks, but you're right, it would be beautiful in any color. My guild just finished our first charity quilt - we need to pick up the pace! thanks for sharing!

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  12. Beautiful pinks! Love the pink no pinky look!

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  13. Gorgeous! Someone is going to be one lucky recipient of that quilt!

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  14. This is such a beautiful quilt! I love the monochromatic effect - stunning!

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  15. This is fabulous and you just know that it's going to make some one very happy. Thank you for sharing and for organising such an amazing act of giving.

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