Sunday, July 11, 2021

Blue Stars is Completely Finished!

The first post about blue Stars Around the Garden was posted September 4, 2020. It has taken me less than a year to applique, piece and hand quilt this quilt. That is actually good progress on a hand appliqued and hand quilted quilt.

Here is the quilt with the binding applied, labeled and washed to remove markings.

I like flange binding but the problem is when the quilt is washed, the flange doesn't lay flat afterwards. Who wants to mess around pressing the flange on a quilt so it lays flat? Not me for sure.

Instead of flange binding, I added a yellow outside border. After the binding was added, the yellow border measures 3/4" wide. The binding is the same fabric used in the blue outside border.

The next picture is a close up of the blue quilting on a border.

A view of the back side of the quilt taken outside. The muslin backing does a great job of showing the quilting designs.



It was windy when I was taking the pictures so I included a few of those pictures too.


A close up of the blue quilting on the backside of the quilt.

The next three pictures are of the quilting on the backing when it's displayed on my bed.







After washing the quilt measures 82" by 100", it measured 90" by 106" before quilting, at least. At least I thought it was that size, I never thought it would shrink that much.  Oh well, it is the size it is.

I like the way the quilting has turned out, you never know for sure if the design will come together like you view it in your mind. I would make a few minor changes but overall I'm pleased.

All the blue fabrics came from my stash, not a designer collection so this is a true scrap quilt! I did need to buy more of the yellow fabric. 

Several people asked me last Sunday what I'm going to do with it. She's a donation quilt and will be sold during the quilt auction at the Michiana Mennonite Relief Sale which will be held Saturday, September 25, 2021 at the Elkhart County Fairgrounds, Goshen Indiana.

I was planning for blue stars to be a donation quilt last fall when I started piecing the blocks.

Linking to Patchwork & QuiltsKathy's Slow Sunday Stitching,  Oh Scrap, Show & Tell Monday, Monday Making, Handmade Monday, Design Wall MondayBOM's AwayStitch Sew & Show,  Wednesday Wait Loss, Put Your Foot DownNeedle & Thread Thursday, Peacock Party, Off the Wall Friday, Brag About Your Beauties, UFO Busting

46 comments:

Julie in GA said...

Your Blue Stars Around the Garden quilt is absolutely gorgeous! I love seeing the photos of the quilting designs. I can't believe you are giving this beautiful quilt away, but it should raise lots of money in the auction.

Created by Kathi said...

Your blue stars quilt is amazing and should fetch your charity a good amount I would say! Thanks for sharing it's journey from start to finish :)
Kathi

Sarah said...

I really am amazed at how quickly this quilt came together! It really is a beauty and will raise lots of money I hope for your chosen charity.

Karla (ThreadBndr) said...

That is so beautiful. I would not be able to donate it if it were mine. But hopefully it will bring in a very high bid for the charity auction.

Ray and Jeanne said...

Gretchen, this is absolutely gorgeous! I think it will be sold for a nice price, helping the Relief Sale. Thanks for taking us along on this quilt's journey - it was fun to watch your progress. ~Jeanne

Ivani said...

It is gorgeous!!!!!
A masterpiece and will raise money for a good cause.
i am doing a happy dance for you Gretchen! Congrats on this amazing finish.
You are the best!

The Cozy Quilter said...

Simply stunning! The Mennonite relief agency will raise lots of money with your quilt!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That is a gorgeous quilt! Congratulations on your finish, and I hope it brings in lots of money at the quilt auction!

Carole @ From My Carolina Home said...

Wow, amazing quilt, fabulous hand work. I really admire those who can hand quilt, I cannot do that.

Angela said...

Absolutely beautiful! Way to go!

gayle said...

Wow! All that beautiful work in less than a year? I'm stunned!
The auction winner will be getting a fabulous bargain, no matter how much they bid!

Donna M said...

I have been following the progress of this quilt. Your hand quilting skills are just amazing. And, to think, you also made other quilts while making this one. Your blue and white churn dash quilt is still my favorite, though.

Gretchen Weaver said...

I had thought I'd gift the B & W churn dash to the oldest son and his wife for their 25th wedding anniversary but I've changed my mind. I just can't let that one go yet. I have several years to come up with another quilt for them, probably in purple since that is her favorite color.

Kat Scribner said...

This quilt is just gorgeous gorgeous on all levels ! Hope you put on a label that cannot be removed.

Karrin Hurd said...

Blue Stars is just beautiful, congratulations on the finish!

Quilting Babcia said...

Just gorgeous! It will be a blessing to the Mennonite Relief Sale for their auction.

The Joyful Quilter said...

Beautifully done, Gretchen!! Instead of a flange, I like to do a faux-piped binding. I stitch down the "ditch" between the colors and often stitch another line right along the edge. You get the added color of a flange without the flapping about.

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Absolutely stunning Gretchen. Your quilting is always so amazing. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

LJ said...

Thank you for sharing your journey with me. I loved each and every picture of your hand quilting - 'sigh'. It's hard for me to even think that you would donate this amazing quilt; I really need to work on my 'letting go' and learn that giving is the best reward. Thanks again; I look forward to the next journey of hand quilting that you share. "HEART"

Jenny said...

Gretchen this quilt is so beautiful it's a wonder you can part with it. It has been so interesting to see it progress over time, and will be a wonderful addition to the charity quilt auction.

Katie said...

Wow - this is so beautiful. I especially love seeing all of the quilting on the muslin backing - your work looks impeccable, Gretchen. It is gorgeous. And you're DONATING it! I expect this one to make a lot of money!!

Kate said...

Gorgeous! You did a great job combining all those scrappy blues. I agree with Katie, this one is going to do well at the auction.

Melisa- pinkernpunkinquilting said...

Woo Hoo, Gretchen. It is stunning and how generous and kind of you to donate it to a worthy cause.

Florida Farm Girl said...

What a gorgeous work of art! Congratulations on a wonderful finish.

Gretchen Weaver said...

I talk about attaching my label in last Friday's post. If someone tries to remove it, they're going to have to take apart that corner of the quilt!

Gretchen Weaver said...

You quilt beautiful machine quilting, me, not so well. We all have our own gifts and talents. Happy stitching!

Unknown said...

Your quilt is a think of beauty! I love to follow your blog to see what you are hand quilting. Thanks for sharing with us :)

AnnieO said...

What a beautiful quilt. Your work on this lovely quilt is gorgeous. Whoever wins the bid will be the owner of a treasure.

maggie fellow said...

absolutely stunning -I sew enjoy your work

Rose Marie said...

Stunning ..... absolutely stunning! Let us know how much it sold for at the aution.

Judy Hansen said...

Well done Gretchen! The border is my favorite part, and the whole thing is so beautiful from either side. Well done thy good and faithful servant.....it will be a wonderful auction quilt. It will be interesting to see what quilt you make for your daughter's anniversary quilt. Hugs, Judy

gladiquilts said...

Congratulations on finishing this beautiful classic quilt with wonderful hand quilting! I’m amazed that you’re donating it as it’s good enough to be a family heirloom, but if it raises plenty of money for a good cause, it’ll be worth it. Thanks for sharing your journey!
(gladiquilts.net)

Debbie said...

Just WOW! So beautiful.

Frédérique said...

Oh, your quilt is such a beauty! I loved watching the progress, and now, I love the finish! For sure every body will want to buy it (or she? Is a quilt like a ship, is it a she?)
Thank you for sharing your wonderful quilt and linking up ;)

Chookyblue...... said...

It's just beautiful and congrats on getting it finished......
It's very kind of you to donate it I don't think I could do that......I sure hope it raises enough money for the cause......

For the love of geese said...

It is beautiful, great job. If I lived closer I would have to attend the auction.

Anne-Marie said...

Beautiful! I'd say you made great time if you've done all that by hand in less than a year.

tubakk said...

This is fantastic. Very well done.

QuiltGranma said...

Hope this brings a great price for charity!

Norma Schlager said...

This is spectacular! Beautiful piecing and hand quilting. I hope that the auction goers appreciate the work that went into it and that it brings a pretty price. Good luck!

Scrapatches said...

This quilt is so gorgeous! Congratulations on finishing this beauty. The piecing, applique and quilting is wonderful. I found the same issue with flange binding. You have found a good solution. I make a two color machine binding sometimes that looks like a flange but it is machine sewed down to the front. This method works for me. I do have a tutorial for how I cut and sew this on the sidebar on my blog, if your are interested. Thank you for sharing your amazing work in my linky party ... :) Pat

PaintedThread said...

Beautiful quilt! Love the colors and the quilting is terrific. Wonderful work and it shows.

Kim said...

And....just like that your exquisite Blue Stars Around The Garden is finished. It has been a joy to see the progress of your appliqueing and quilting of this quilt each week, Gretchen. It truly is a most amazing quilting finish! Congratulations!

Sum of their Stories said...

This is such an incredible work of art, I love quilts like this so much. You'll be a feature at Handmade Monday this week, thank you so much for sharing this beauty with us there.

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Gorgeous quilt! That quilting is divine. I hope it auctions for a high amount because this is priceless. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

ChezVies said...

What a gorgeous quilt! the quilting is just amazing and I love the picture from the back!