The Bloggers Quilt Festival starts today! Amy run this twice a year, and it gives quilting bloggers a chance to share a story about one of their favourite quilts. My entry this year is my Starburst quilt.
The biggest challenge with this quilt was the math. I don't (well, in those days I didn't) do paper piecing. So I was determined to make the quilt without paper or templates. First, I made the center. A lemoyne star, to start the pattern. Based on the size I wanted to end, this block was 2.5" finished. Maybe that should have been a sign (have you ever tried to make a miniature lemoyne star?) but I soldiered on, I measured and calculated and calculated again. Then I cut. And the pieces were the wrong size. So I tried again. And again.
Eventually I figured out that it was best to cut everything over-sized, and trim the star points down to the right size. Once I started doing that, everything went really smoothly. The nice part of this was that after the very center star, there is not one single Y-seam in this pattern. I hadn't realized it would work out that way, until I started piecing it,
I included a pieced border, because after all the work in the center I felt the border needed something extra too. Then it took me 6 months to start quilting it. Again, after putting so much effort into this quilt, it needed special attention in the quilting,. Here are a couple of close-ups of the quilting. It is machine quilted on my domestic machine. I finished the quilt in March this year.
patterns section of my blog.
There are lots more quilts in the festival. I hope you'll drop by Amy's Creative Side and look around.