|Friday am: met a good friend for breakfast and took along my quilt for a photo op! One here and if you check the end of this post, a couple more at that gorgeous turquoise old hotel you see in the background.|
The challenge this month was to create a secondary design in your quilt, and the quilt had to be larger than 36". Mine is 42".
The Storm at Sea quilt on the button for the challenge is a quintessential secondary pattern quilt. Break it down and you see square in a square, repeated, stretched, and presto! stars, and a kind of folded or wavy effect result. How I adore secondary patterns.
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All right, done with the PSA! On with the quilt!
I started with the Baby Bud block. Here it is, a simple 9-patch of squares and HSTs.
I played with it a bit in EQ8 and it wasn't long before I saw stars! And then I noticed a large central star happened when 16 blocks were set together. I decided to accentuate it by using the rich eggplant batik. Yes! Here it is on the design wall (yup, remember Bella posed on it when I started laying it out on the floor a couple of posts back).
I love how your eyes rove acoss the quilt, seeing the four stars in the corners, and then the centre one 'appears'. I added borders and four eggplant cornerstones to tie in the central purple star to the outside, as well as to help blur the block lines.
Quilting...ahh. I've teased you a bit with some of what I was doing. Correction: teased you with some of what the quilt was asking for! You've seen the straight-on shot in the first photo, laid out on the kitchen floor (sans Bella, thanks to a spray bottle of water to keep her away, no lie!), but the lighting wasn't the greatest. Well, I took it outside in the setting sun as the angle is terrific at that time for showing off the quilting. It also give the quilt quite the glow.
That's better, right? Each of the four corner stars got the spirograph quilting with the gold Aurifil (I used 6 bobbins in this little quilt!) and the central star got the same but with Sulky Holoshimmer metallic in blue! I didn't have any purple, but the sky blue popped nicely.
I cannot say enough good about Hobbs Thermore batting. I'll admit I was a bit skeptical at first because it seemed so thin, and it was so sticky, like cotton adheres to it so well... which is a good thing! But the definition of quilting is amazing being such a thin batting. It's light in weight and drapes well too, despite heavy quilting. I am sad that I'm almost out of it now.
Why Beothuk Star? Well, last year I participated in the 150 Canadian Women QAL with Kat of Next Step Quilt Designs. Those blocks intrigued me, not just in their making, not just in the choosing of scraps and stash, but especially, and remarkably so, in the stories of the women the blocks represent. Many of the stories made a profound impact on me, whether of pride, sorrow, loss, or respect, or all of the above. Time and again I found myself researching, learning, being amazed.
Several times as I was sewing those 150 blocks, I'd think, 'Ooh! This would make a great quilt, one big block!' or 'Ooh! This block would be fun to use in a quilt of many blocks.' I was intrigued by the placement of the HSTs in Baby Bud, and also by Shanawdithit's tragic story, and that of her people. The central star is for her, the sparkly blue my nod to the sun's sparkle on the blue-white snow in winter, the sparkle of the deep blue ocean of their home province of Newfoundland, and the sparkle of her spirit.
|i'm very pleased that I've actually managed to catch some of the lovely sparkle here of this Sulky Holoshimmer thread.|
She was only 28 when she died of tuberculosis, but she told the story of her people before she died. I wanted to give a bit of a feminine touch to the quilt in her honour; hence the flower design, and flowing feathers, for her, and because I just love quilting feathers! A square in a square in a square design of Angela Walters' went in the square created where four background HSTs meet. She has a neat way of stitching it all in one go, no backtracking required!
If you look back at the picture of the whole quilt in the setting sun, you'll notice that I did not treat the borders as borders, per se, but brought the star blocks to the edges of the quilt with my quilting. I thought of doing piano key lines all the way around but nope, this quilt was pretty adamant that she wanted the deluxe treatment. It, or she(!) really took on a personality...
I started off by doing the straight-lines in the adjacent orange/blue triangles to act as a frame around the corner stars. Then the quilt started giving me ideas, first with, 'How about this?' suggesting the woven look by stitching lines extending into the borders perpendicular to each other. Then she said, 'You need to do this!' so I carried the feathers motif into the corners, where I stitched two ghost background squares to create the illusion of a 4-patch. That's another Angela 'feathers in a square' treatment by the way.
Finally, after having left the ghost squares until the end because I was waiting for her to suggest something, she said, 'What do you think about this?' so I carried the flower motif into the squares I created with my stitching lines. Here is how I did it, a photo first:
And she also was quite determined to have her sparkly thread. Never had I envisioned that when I had finished the flimsy! But I listened, when she first quietly suggested the sparkle, and then well, I let her carry me away with her requests. Four days of them!
If we don't use Island Batik on the back we technically shouldn't show it, but the quilting texture is just so lovely that I have to show you. Flowers on the back echo the flower motifs on the front. I love cohesiveness.
Here are the labels, both cloth and satin:
I thought, as I did with Lift Up, that I'd put this for sale in my Etsy shop, but nope, I'm keeping it!
Pattern: Original design using Baby Bud block
Size: 42" square
Fabric: Island Batik. Background is Branches-Light SMore from Mountains Majesty collection; Acanthus-Gold and Fountain-Mixed Berry from Dear William collection, and Marble in Blackberry.
Batting: Hobbs Thermore
Backing: Moda 'A Day in the Country' by Joanna Figueroa
Quilted: on my Bernina, ruler work, walking foot, and free motion
Threads: pieced with 100% cotton Mettler on my 1947 Featherweight; quilted with Aurifil 50 wt 100% cotton, navy 2745 and gold 2975, top and in the bobbin, and Sulky Holoshimmer sky blue 145-6030
I've written up the pattern for this quilt, available in my Craftsy shop as a PDF download. Check back later today once I upload it, ha!
Update: Here is the link: Beothuk Star (affiliate link, but the pattern is free! If you do buy something else, I will get a very small commission, no extra cost to you.)
I mentioned a week or so ago that I was going to take a blogging break, and so as of this post, I am giving myself a couple weeks of vacation. Recently I've been working on saying 'no' what with a few not-so-fun incidents, and so I'm saying 'no' to writing posts for a little while. I'll be back around the middle of August. I'll still be posting for the 100days100blocks challenge on Instagram, as well as giving sneak peeks at projects there for two blog hops I'm in later this month. See ya! Think a rock on one of these chairs at The Grove Hotel on Main Street in Kingsville would suit me just fine right about now.
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