Feathered New York Beauty?

featheredstarWe all have lots of ideas for quilts that are collecting dust in our brains.  Have you ever tried to combine several of those ideas into ONE QUILT?  I love Feathered Star quilts, and did a wall hanging for my oldest son a few years ago with one large Feathered Star on it.  But I want to do more – on a quilt for me.  I also like New York Beauty quilts.  If you’re a regular reader of Michigan Quilts, you’ve seen me mention my recent fascination with the color gray lately.  Santa brought me some beautiful fabrics, and I added more to the pile when I went shopping on Saturday with a friend in Lansing.

1E-3D-126C-234-MichiganMSUMuseum-a0b8i6-a_8092I think I’m going to combine all of those ideas into one quilt and see what happens!  Kind of a “Gray and Red Feathered Star Beauty.”  Yeah, I think I like that idea!  I don’t have EQ, so I need to get busy with some graph paper and see what develops.
Yes, I know, I need to just invest in EQ and take the plunge.  I love working on computers, and I like being able to see the design in front of me, rather than just relying on my (aging) brain for details.  But learning a new program takes time, and I’d much rather be fondling fabric that touching the keyboard of my computer.  I’m on the computer all day, for goodness sakes!All of the fabric is washed and ready to be pressed.  I think that’s what I’ll do tonight while I watch television! 

So after I post this article and picture, the computer is going off and the iron is going on.  Wish me luck!

   Sean’s “311” Quilt (Hard to get a good picture of it, as it hangs over their stairway) with Flying Geese border

So after I post this article and fabrics1picture, the computer is going off and the iron is going on.  Wish me luck!

The beautiful red fabric in my pile is called “Angels Watching Over Me,” and it has a very faint pattern with gray swirls on it.  The song by that same name keeps going through my brain and won’t leave (I think they call that an “ear worm”).  But I opted to hand wash the red fabric, and I’m glad I kept it separate from the other fabrics.  I threw it into the sink with hot, hot, hot water, and it ran, ran, ran.  Four washings with detergent until the water ran clear, the another washing and sitting with Retain, then a dunk in cold water.  Please do not EVER use your fabrics without prewashing them!  If I had put that into my quilt without washing, it would eventually have run all over my lighter fabrics and ruined the whole thing.  I know, use “color catchers.”  I will still use them, but that much red dye isn’t good no matter how many color catchers you have.

Don’t say I haven’t warned you!


You can see more Feathered Star pictures here,
And more New York Beauties here.