Note - If you are looking for my Blogiversary Giveaways, you'll find them here :) Day 1, Day 2, Day 3
Happy 4th of July!!!! And what better way to celebrate the 4th than with a star quilt!!! This queen size quilt top was pieced as part of the Starburst Quilt-A-Long clear back in Feb of 2013. And over the month of June (like as in a year and a half later) it finally got quilted. And today, I get to share it, Yippee!!! So here she is in all of her quilted glory, the Queen Starburst!!!
This quilt is big!!! Like big as in 40" blocks and a 95" x 95" finished quilt top. And can I just say, I love those giant blocks!!! They were so much fun to piece and quilting them was such a blast!!
The fabrics are a custom bundle made by Julie from The Intrepid Thread specifically for this quilt-a-long. Aren't they just fabulous!! I love the combo of raspberry, orange, and black. Julie has such an amazing eye for color. This is quickly becoming one of my new favorite groupings of color. (but if you are wondering, this bundle is no longer available as it is a year and a half old ;)
For the backing, I grabbed some 1 yard cuts in raspberry, orange, and black from the stash and made a giant 9 patch. I have to say, this is one of my favorite backs I have made in a while. It really did come out cute and I love 9 patches :)
And now, how about some pictures of the quilting. Warning, I might just go a little overboard here. I really pushed myself with the quilting of this one and I feel like by the end of it, I had moved to another level with my long-arm quilting skills and I am so super excited about that.
So for starters, I tried something new in the background. A feathered swirl. Eeekk, I just love these!!! I was super scared after the first row, because goodness, these are feathers right. But by midway through, I was totally loving it!!! I am sure you will see these popping up a whole lot more ;)
And a few detail shots. I loved making a few baby ones to fill up gaps. They are so cute!!!
And a full circled feather. My oh my, these are so much fun to make!!!
And finally, a half circle feather. I loved playing with the amount of feathers on each swirl. It really mixed it up and give the quilt so much variety ;)
Moving outward. I quilted each of the "bursts" with some straight line ruler work. There was a lot of starting and stopping here. Not my favorite thing to do but the look is totally worth it ;)
I repeated the same look on the stars. Lots and lots of ruler work ;)
And then between the stars and the bursts I did some pebbling. I just love to pebble. It is so incredibly relaxing and really, quite fun ;) Isn't the whole star together just so fun!!! Eeekk, and double Eeekk!!
And I saved my favorite for last ;) Where the stars meet together in the center of the quilt, I marked and recreated a star with the same quilting design as the four print stars. And it came out Amazing!!! (if I do say so myself :) I love, love, love it!!!! And my 3 year old thinks it is a Frozen quilt now so that is a bonus ;)
While we were taking pictures, my daughter said we should put it under the tree and take a nap on it ;) I compromised with putting it under the tree and taking a picture. I had to break it to her that this isn't a "picnic quilt" :)
And that is my Queen Starburst!!!! My goodness, I just love this quilt!!!! Time to change out a bed quilt for sure ;) If you want to make your own Starburst quilt, you can find the tutorial here and the quilt-a-long here and I also have a pattern available if you like your instructions that way ;)
Have a Happy Quilting Weekend!!!!
Linking this Starburst finish to Amanda's, Sarah's, and Fort Worth Fabric Studio ;)