Even though my Antique Stars variation has been out of sight for several months, it definitely hasn't been out of mind. I've been giving a lot of thought about how to finish this center.
I plan on donating this flimsy to a quilt auction which is a fundraiser for the school our Pennsylvania grandchildren attend. The committee will have someone hand quilt it then it will be sold in the 2022 auction. Several years ago, the head of the quilt committee told me to tell her if I ever have any suggestions about how to quilt the quilt tops I donate.
Yes, I know exactly how to quilt this quilt, most of it anyway.
I added a narrow black border to divide the center from the 12" finished wide background border then another black border on the outside. I would have like to made the outside black border wider but I simply didn't have enough fabric!
What's going in that wide 12" finished border? A beautiful hand quilted design with feathers and swirls.
Here is a close up of where the two stencil patterns are matched. See those notches at the top and bottom. You match those and the design fits together perfectly. Of course it takes some skill to make the design fit into the length of the quilt but the quilt committee takes care of that.
For the pieced blocks I'm going to suggest the Baptist Fan design which is a very nice overall design. For the center feathered star blocks, some feathers in the corners and some background design, perhaps cross hatching.
The flimsy measures 92" by 101" which will be a queen sized quilt. The pieced center will fit on the top of the bed while the quilted border drapes over the sides.
I'm glad to have this flimsy finished and out of the house! And best of all, I don't have to quilt it!
Ancient Stars is a pattern designed by Sue Garman.
Linking to Put Your Foot Down, Peacock Party, Whoop Whoop Party, Finished Or Not Friday, Off the Wall Friday, Brag About Your Beauties, Scrap Happy Saturday, Oh Scrap
I'm including Scrap Happy Saturday as a link up because I pieced the Ohio Star blocks using the RSC color of the month.
Oh, it's beautiful!
And I wondered what those notches in stencils were for!
That's a beautiful quilt top, Gretchen! I imagine your intricate piecing and then the hand quilting will earn a lot of money for the grandkids' school!
WOW WOW WOW!!! that is just a gorgeous quilt - those blocks looks SO great around that center!! and that big border will be perfect for that amazing Feather quilting!! Please show it before they auction it!!!
I will be delivering the flimsy and stencils to my DIL when I visit in September. I'll ask her to send a photo when it's quilted. I think too it's going to look lovely.
You made another beautiful top, Gretchen. And the quilting suggestions sound perfect for it.
Gretchen - please do let us know when the begins! If there is a way to bid from a distance, I'd love to join the fun!
The quilting on your quilt is going to be delightful. What a wonderful quilt.
I love this finished flimsy and the hand quilting recommendations… will you mark that outer border or send your precious stencils with it?
The quilt on our bed has a wide outer border and I love it but those stencils you shared in this post make me want to do something with feathers after the quilt I am working on is done! Congrats on getting a ufo finished and out of the house!!! Hope it quilts well with your suggestions and brings the school lots of money 💰 next year at auction!!
I'll make them mark the quilt, they're particular about what is used to mark the quilts. I've put my name labels on the stencils, hopefully they will be returned to me eventually.
Another beauty from your talented hands, well done Gretchen!
WOW! What a gifted and giving person you are, Gretchen. This is a stunning quilt top!
Beautiful, and I love the shading that comes from the hourglass/ economy patch around the stars. Really sparkles!
This turned out beautifully Gretchen. It will be stunning when it is all finished!
Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!
Gretchen kudos for a beautiful top and figuring out the quilting. Sometimes planning the quilting is the hardest part.
This is just gorgeous......
It turned out beautiful and I agree with your quilting suggestions. The feathers will be perfect for the border.
That's a very generous donation Gretchen. It's wonderful you have people to hand quilt it. You'd be hard pushed to find anyone to do that on a donation quilt in New Zealand.
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