Monday, July 11, 2011

A Great Summer Finish

I've got a great summer finish!!
I'm so excited to finally have this one done.
I started working on those stars about 10 years ago.  That was back when I first started quilting.
I guess this was one of my first big, solo projects.
 I just worked on it a little at a time... and 10 years later...
Taa Daa!  Here she is!!
I really like the black for the sashing and borders.  It gives it a bright, starry night look.
Maybe a little hint of Amish too... 
 The back is pretty basic.  I  just put three big black stars there.  They look pretty sweet though.
 It was quilted by a local long-arm quilter.  She did a great job.  I held the border up to the sun so you can see the star pattern around the edges.
 Look!  It glows!
 The first quilting technique I ever learned was paper piecing and it came pretty easily to me.  At that time, I didn't know how to make a square with any sort of design on it except by paper piecing so that's how I made each of these stars.
I designed the pattern and traced each one and then sewed them all.  They are 8 in. squares and there are 72 of those little gems.
Here are some of my favorites:

 It looks great on my bed, doesn't it!
Someday, I'll get some pillow covers made to go with it.  Any suggestions on pillow cover designs??
Anyway, I'm loving my new quilt. 
I give so many quilts away, it's nice to have something for me.