Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Grandma's 80th Surprise aka Lone Star!!!

My Grandmother has made a quilt for every single grandchild for their wedding.  I was the first to receive mine.  Grandma individually french knotted and quilted by hand each corner of gingham to make these beautiful patterns.   And in the 11 years since I was married she has made 27 of these beauties.  So I figured it was high time someone made one for her.


So here is the story of the 80th Birthday Surprise Lone Star Quilt.  In January, the Cedar City Quilt Guild put on their retreat and when I saw that I could take a class on the Speed Lone Star Quilt I knew it was perfect.  Grandma's room is blue so out came the blues (I love the look of these in monochromatic tones)  from my stash and a few from my MIL's Stash (this quilt is all stash, Yippee Skippee!!!)

 

We learned how to piece the Diamond points at the class and I managed to get 3 put together in the time allotted.  The next night was the all night sew where I cranked out the other 5 points.  There was a major learning curve to making these and my last ones look much better than my first ones, and they went together a lot faster.  Luckily, when all of my diamonds were sewn together the star still laid pretty flat (phew :)


Over the next week I started to add in the inset pieces of background.  This is where I hit a snag.  The instructions we were given was to measure the opening on both sides, average it, and then cut a piece that size to insert and ease in the extra.  Unfortunately, my sides and easing did not want to agree and my triangle inserts were great on one end but came up short on the other end.


And of course, as this was all stash fabric, I only had just enough to do it once.  So I forged ahead thinking I could make it work.  I found a new way to put in the corner squares (using a variation of paper piecing) and they went in super fast and nice.  So I went to add on the borders.  Which in turn, chopped off all of the end points of my diamonds on the left hand side of the triangles where I was coming up short.   (They looked about like the diamond on the end of this picture, horror!!!!)

So I thought, and thought, and tried to figure out how I could make it work with little to no extra fabric for piecing.  And I came up with a solution, which I am happy to say, you don't notice at all unless you knew to look for it.  (I tested it on several people ;)  I made tiny points with turned applique and just whip-stitched them on to the ends :)  Yippee Skippee for adverting a tragedy!!!  (Although, you notice I conveniently forgot to take a picture of them, wouldn't want to burst my bubble of my theory now would I :)  


Then after a little time spent crawling around on the floor (This quilt took up the entire floor of my sewing room to baste, I wish I would have taken a picture, it was hilarious :)  it was time to quilt. And 27 bobbins worth of thread later and a little wrestling match with good old Bernadette the Bernette Bernina I was ecstatic!!!  I can't begin to say how happy I am with the quilting came out on this one!!!   I did a little vine in the 2 top and bottom strips, super easy and I wanted to keep the same kind of movement. (see above picture :)


And now something I am totally proud to say, I did feathers!!!!!!  I finally got up the nerve to try them out on a huge quilt :)  And I am so happy with the way they turned out.  I just did them around the outer border, (and there is a reason I don't show you curving around the corners, scary :) but I am really pleased with them.  I think I might be ready to add them into my comfortable quilting patterns toolbox :)


I did a beautiful swirl in the background and added some sharp points that I usually don't do with a lot more echoing. I loved it.  It has so much movement and flow and it was so much fun to sew :)


And I echo curve quilted the diamonds in the star.  You can see it a lot better along the back.  And I just had to add this photo because I get a kick out of my shadow standing on top of the lawn furniture to take the picture :)


Here is a better shot of the echo quilting on the pieced back :)  Although I still didn't manage to keep myself out of the picture :)  (That is what you get when you remember to take pictures of the quilt about 30 minutes before the party, wouldn't that have been horrible if I forgot. )


So that is the tale of Grandma's 80th Birthday Quilt.  I so enjoyed making this quilt for my Grandmother.  And I so enjoyed watching her receive it.  And ya, I was crying ;)  (To bad my batteries were dead on my camera at that point) Love you Grandma!!!  Happy 80th!!!!!




And since it is Tuesday I am linking up to Quilt Story and since this is an all Stash project, I am linking up to Slash the Stash :)  Isn't it just fun to Link Up :)



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37 comments:

  1. That is a gorgeous quilt! I am sure she was so touched that you would make her such a beautiful and thoughtful gift! Way to overcome the snags!! You rock! The quilting is incredible!!

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  2. very nice. I enjoyed reading this

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  3. That is beautiful! What a great tribute to your grandmother.

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  4. Unbelievable! That quilt is amazing, and I am so happy for your grandmother. I bet she was so surprised!
    Julie

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  5. Your lone star quilt is fabulous and I can only imagine how much your grandmother loves it. Awesome job!!!

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  6. Melissa, your Lone Star Quilt is fantastic. Such a great tribute to your grandmother. I know she will treasure it
    Lori Smansk

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  7. you did an amazing job!! it looks great, after you give it to her you should borrow it for a quilt show??!!
    I've only made one lon star quilt a few years ago, I can't remember how I figured out to match the points, but I did. did you quilt this on a domestic machine or long arm?

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    1. On my little domestic bernina bernette :) It was a little bit of a wrestle in the center but it played nice as did my machine :)

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  8. What a perfect gift for your Grandmother after she has made so many quilts for her family! It turned out beautiful! I love the colors and the quilting! Good job!!! :)

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  9. Can you post a close up pic of the quilt your grandma made? I'd like to see the detail. Thanks!

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  10. Great job, Melissa....this is one awesome quilt! Isn't it amazing how we can come up with ways to fix problems?! This is just beautiful, and I am sure she loved it!

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  11. Melissa...this quilt is awesome and what a wonderful story!! I imagine your grandma looks at it many times each day....what a treasure!

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  12. Wow! I am so impressed!! You did such a beautiful job on the quilting. So inspiring to see quilting like this done on a regular sized machine!

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  13. What a special gift for your Grandmother. The quilt is just beautiful.

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  14. Your grandma is one very loved lady. You have created a family heirloom.

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  15. Aww, it looks fab, and great idea for rescuing those points! The quilting is amazing too

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  16. Melissa, this star is divine and I love the quilting. What a beautiful gift to give to your Grandmother.

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  17. It is beautiful and I just know she LOVES it!! Who wouldn't!!

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  18. congrats!!! What a labor of love for your grandma!! I'll bet she is to the moon and back with happiness for such a wonderful gift from her granddaughter!!!

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  19. What a fabulous gift! I can only imagine how absolutely thrilled your grandma must have been! Surely a treasure from the moment it was opened! Just beautiful!

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  20. Wow I'm sure she'll be overjoyed receiving a quilt like that. The quilting on it is amazing!!

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  21. I love everything about your quilt! I put together a lone star (110X130 (yikes!) also in blues, with red tips) The top has been sitting around for a year now. I love your borders a lot better, almost makes me want to rip out and redo mine (not that bad though) I couldn't figure out how to quilt it so thank you for the inspiration to get it done! Now to save up the money to take it to a long arm quilter - I don't want to attempt by hand!

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  22. Wow Melissa, the quilt is awesome. Well done. Love how you have quilted it. Happy birthday to your Grandma.
    I would love to see some close ups of how she has quilted the quilt she made for you. It looks amazing.

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  23. Just wonderful, I know your grandma is so proud.

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  24. Absolutely gorgeous!! Your quilting is great! Happy Birthday to your Grandma!!

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  25. That is one beautiful and very special quilt. I know she will treasure it.

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  26. What a wonderful gift for your Grandmother, made with a lot of heart. I made a Lone Star several years ago but I,unlike you, made a mess of it (stupid y seams) and never finished it. Yours is beautiful and I can't believe you quilted it your sewing machine. Beautiful quilting, congrads on a wonderful gift.

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  27. What a Beautiful Quilt! The sign of a real pro, you make it work great, no matter what the challenges. hehe. Glad everything worked out. Your quilting is Awesome as well. Again, a Beautiful quilt. Bet Grandma was very Happy!

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  28. That looks so fabulous! I'm very impressed with your quilting like that on a Bernette!

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  29. Awesome :) Happy Birthday to Gram.

    My Momma will be 86 in November, I have been working on a quilt for her for a few years now, hope to have it done by her Birthday. queen size, hand quilting.

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  30. How wonderful! I'll bet your grandma thinks it's the best quilt she's ever had. I made my mom a lap quilt about a year before she died. Every time we visited her that quilt was close by. I'm so glad I made it for her, should have done it long before. She was a quilter for as long as I can remember. She used lots of leftover scraps!

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  31. Wow! This is really spectacular!!! Even better than I imagined!! ... And congratulations on the feathering in the borders - it looks fantastic!!! Congratulations on such an awesome finish!!!

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  32. Nice blog. You might like this poem about mothers. http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2011/12/random-quotation-spot.html

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  33. What a fantastic quilt Melissa! It turned out so great. I'm so impressed with your quilting too. You are so much more daring than I am. Great work!

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments. I just love hearing from each and every one of you!!
Have a Happy Quilting Day :)

Melissa