“If you’re going to do something, do it right.” Betty Covert (my mom)
I had planned on making a feathered star quilt for a very long time… at least twenty years. It was always on my mind as a “one day I’m going to make that” quilt. I spotted a few beautiful printed fabrics, and knew I wanted to use them in this quilt. The fabric was purchased by my husband (thanks, Honey!), so I washed it and pressed it and set to work.
One of the fabrics I love, but I just felt it wasn’t a good fit with the others. In this photo, the fabrics have been pressed and stacked. The fabric that did not belong in this quilt is the one just above the red. I am saving it for something else, just not sure what yet.
The quilt was pieced by hand. That means that I did not use a sewing machine. At all. See all the goodies on the couch? That is what our couch looked like most evenings. Oh, with the addition of Stormie (the cat) most of the time.
The little bit here shows one night’s worth of work.
This is one block completed.
Multiply that by 9.
The little red stars were made, and lattice strips were sewn between the nine blocks like a tic tac toe board.
I thought about adding a different border (shown below) but scratched that Idea. I thought it would be too busy. I never plan the whole quilt in advance. I let it talk to me as I go along. I try to listen… I usually get it right (for me, anyway!). I wanted a certain sweetness from this quilt, and the border below just seemed too harsh for the look I was going for.
The quilt top was completed and ready for sandwiching (which means putting the backing, batting and quilt top together as one “quilt sandwich.”) I hold the three layers together with little brass pins. They are removed as I am quilting.
You can read more about how I baste on this blog post.
It took me over a year and a half to hand quilt this quilt using a lap hoop. You could call this “Stormie’s Quilt,” as usually Stormie was found laying on the quilt or on me as I stitched. However, this is MY quilt, and I will share with her from time to time. (Note: She doesn’t just lay there. She hugs!)
The quilting and binding is now completed…
December 28, 2014.
Thank you for following the progress on this quilt! It has been a delightful quilt to make, and has more stitches in it than any other quilt I have made. I am ready to continue work on my Baskets of Honeysuckle quilt, and a smaller quilt that I will begin soon and tell you more about at a later date.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year with nothing but good things to come your way!
If you are a quilter, you might enjoy the Celebrate Hand Quilting Facebook group. This year, we will be focused on learning more about hand quilting – the traditions around the world, tips, tricks, how designs are created, and so much more.
Caron’s Feathered Star was made with Hobbs Tuscany Wool batting,
YLI quilting thread (Sticks n’ Stones), and stitched with Bohin Sharps needles,
size 10 and 11.