Friday, May 21, 2010

Oh My Stars



You know those quilts that just "have to come out"? Well this was one of "those" quilts for me. I was inspired by an exhibition of Amish quilts at the Houston Quilt show. I came upon a red quilt with scrappy stars and lots of quilted feathers and I was mesmerized. (Red, stars, feathers are all some of my favorite things!)





And when I quilted this quilt, I went really "went up" a level. So, if you have a quilt top that is something special to you but isn't quilted because you are afraid you will mess it up. Get that quilt out get it pin basted and quilt it! You may surprise yourself and do something FABULOUS!! Happy quilting!

33 comments:

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

I feel like your talking to me! :-) get quilting those quilts!!
Having seen this quilt in person, I can agree it is one true beauty. Your work, mind and quilting inspires me do do better! Thanks girlie, your the tops!

Sujata Shah said...

I agree with you! I waited for so long to try the machine quilting.. It still takes me a while to finish the quilt but I am happier with the finished quilt than the quilt top!

Rene' said...

Shelly, this quilt is breathtaking!!! I clicked on the photos to see a larger image, and I am blown away by your quilting!!!! I love how you used different quilting designs within the quilt.

It's funny how you mention not to be worried about messing up a special quilt top by quilting it ourselves. That is exactly how I feel about my quilts, and lately I've been reading that many others feel the same way. Glad to know I'm not the only one, but also happy to be inspired by your inspiration and confidence that I might be able to "surprise myself and do something fabulous"....if only I could convince myself ;-)

Carol at Serendipity said...

Absolutely full of sparkle! Just gorgeous.

Carol

Lesly said...

Just stunning! I love everything about this quilt - the colour, the quilting, the pattern! If I could quilt like that, I'd have no qualms about doing it all myself!

"Lois Grebowski" said...

I love the circle quilting. really sets it off!

Allie said...

Wow! I love stars, and your quilt is beautiful!

laurenaphelps said...

I love this quilt! I like how at first glance it's a simple nine patch but up close you see the stars.

Sandra said...

What a great star quilt. I just found an antique feather star with a nine patch star in the center and you've captured that spirit.
Sandra Starley

Come see my new star quilt & its 1890 cheddar star original
http://starleyquilts.blogspot.com

and my 1890 pink blazing star antique
http://utahquiltappraiser.blogspot.com

Dawn N. said...

what a great quilt!!

Michelle said...

What a striking quilt! Really like the little stars within the bigger block.

meli B said...

The simplest of Amish designs can become the most amazing quilts with a bit of colour play, well done

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Alexis said...

Gorgeous! I love all those things too. And yes, I have a quilt top that has been sitting for years now because I don't think I can quilt it well enough. Thanks for the motivation to reach new heights!

Kathy said...

Your quilt is beautiful and I like the patriotic colors. Amish blocks are a great inspiration. I bet you are glad you did the quilting.

Melinda said...

This is a lovely quilt. It has taken me years to just jump in and machine quilt my tops due to fear. Aren't we funny folks to be so worried?

Vicki said...

It's so pretty. Love the colors.

Sew Fresh Fabrics said...

i love the colors in this quilt- very powerful! It really is beautiful!

Sharon said...

This is a stunning quilt! I love the stars and the feathers. I like how the simple 9-patch becomes so complex in this quilt. And your quilting is exquisite!

I still stall about quilting my quilts, because I'm afraid I'm gonna screw them up. The one's I've done, I think are alright, so I really have no excuse. It's a mind game, I guess!

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

i love red! and i love red white and blue. And i love stars. so this quilt is perfect! ;o)

Marit said...

Wow! This is a quilt with lots of character. Love the bold colors! The quilting is fantastic!!! I have a long way to go...
Thank you for sharing this, it's an inspiration to keep hand-quilting and exploring a bit!

Riel said...

Hi Shelly, Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting. This is a great quilt festival exhibit. The colours have such impact and then a closer look reveals the stars!

Deborah said...

This is gorgeous!

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

It's beautiful Shelly! I'm taking your advice and getting one quilted right now!

Karen said...

I so love stars. It is such a lovely quilt. It is always going to be special for you.

belinda said...

.....yeah.....but......!!! I am such a whiner when it comes to the quilting!!


(Your quilt is FAB!!)

Randi said...

Just do it, eh? Love the quilt & quilting.

Stephanie said...

Vibrant color combo, pattern, and quilting. It all works together to make one spectacular statement.

beverlyanne said...

This quilt is dazzling. Funny, but I used to think that red and blue was my least favorite color combination. I have to rethink that.

jmbmommy said...

awesome job on the quilting!! I also loved your post about machine quilitng. Rock on sister!

Anne at Film and Thread said...

Love the colors and love the quilting on this!

Eileen said...

love the bright colors of this quilt and the stars are wonderful. thanks for sharing! come visit me if you can: http://fligamapoof.blogspot.com/

Em said...

Thank you for the cheerleading! I love the colors because they are so striking! What talent you have!!!!!