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 ;)
I like how you copied the star design into your quilting in the center :)ReplyDelete
it's awesome Melissa -- i look forward to making this pattern it's so funReplyDelete
Just found your site via Whoop Whoop Friday - this quilt is gorgeous. I love the colours and your quilting is fantastic.ReplyDelete
This is just fantastic, Melissa! Love your quilting, especially the "frozen" star!ReplyDelete
Oh, my gosh! This is just gorgeous and your quilting just throws it over the top! Happy 4th of July to you, too!ReplyDelete
I love your Starburst quilt and your quilting. My top remains folded up waiting for the day when I am confident enough to do some free motion quilting which I have never done before. I definitely want to enhance the great Starburst pattern with custom quilting rather than an all-over design. Thanks for the inspiration!ReplyDelete
Very pretty. I love your quilting.ReplyDelete
Wow! What beautiful quilting! You should be very proud of yourself. My daughter wanted to nap on the quilt I took pictures of this morning, too.ReplyDelete
Beautiful quilt from the blocks to backing to the awesome quilting WTG!ReplyDelete
Congrats on fab finish! Great fabric combo and quilting especially!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous, as usual! :)ReplyDelete
Beautiful quilt! Love your quilting too - thanks for showing the details of the quilting as I am always looking for more quilting designs!ReplyDelete
Absolutely gorgeous! Great colours and amazing quilting!ReplyDelete
It is absolutely stunning Melissa! The quilting is gorgeous too. Wow you are so talented! Happy 4th of July! :-)ReplyDelete
I really wasn't expecting a 40 inch block. Boy was I surprised as I was reading along. Way to finish a top with just 4 blocks! :) Your quilting is lovely!ReplyDelete
What a beauty!!ReplyDelete
Absolutely gorgeous!Love the colors and the quilting blows my mind. :DReplyDelete
The quilting looks incredible.. It is beautiful.ReplyDelete
Your quilt is gorgeous, Melissa. I hope you have a lovely 4th July.ReplyDelete
Wow! The quilting is stunning! And so is the quilt. Thanks so much for sharing this wonderful eye candy!ReplyDelete
Spectacular!!!! Love the pattern, the colors, and the quilting.ReplyDelete
Gorgeous quilt..gorgeous quilting!!!!ReplyDelete
Soooo wonderful!!! I love it too!!! I've been stuck on quilting mine: it's still at the stage it was about a year ago. Maybe I should sent it so you....... :-) Have a great weekend!! Hugs, HReplyDelete
The quilting you did on this quilt is amazing! What a treasure you have created!ReplyDelete
Love the giant blocks! The quilting is amazing, and really makes this quilt something special.ReplyDelete
Beautiful and the quilting is just stunning.ReplyDelete
Eeeek is right! This is just gorgeous.ReplyDelete
what a beauty and the quilting is amazing, how great it must be to have a long arm quilterReplyDelete
Your quilting is just fabulous- a quilt to be really proud of!ReplyDelete
Oh goodness me that was so worth waiting for - it's awesome, I love that quilting. Sometimes I feel quite content with not having any quilting skills, then I see quilts like this and am quite envious!ReplyDelete
Wow!!!! Your quilt is glorious!!!! I pinned your tutorial and it's now on my to do list!!!! The quilting looks amazing!!!! Not sure I'm to that level on my fmq but definitely on my list for future projects!!!! Great amazing job!!! Happy DayReplyDelete
Wow is all I can say!ReplyDelete
Gorgeous quilt top and amazing quilting! It is lovelyReplyDelete
It is wonderfull!! And your quilting is just amazing! WOW.. What inspiration.ReplyDelete
Wow! it is gorgeous!!ReplyDelete
Just gorgeous!!!! You did an amazing job! I just love your feather swirls!!!!ReplyDelete
The quilt is gorgeous and your quilting is just amazing. You are very talented for sure!ReplyDelete
Your quilting is lovely and the the star in the center is stunning. So glad your quilt has moved to the "finished pile"! I have three quilts ready to be quilted... one of the them is your last QAL. It is "in-process". I might finish it this summer (hoping to, anyway). It is definitely not as easy to quilt on a regular sewing machine. So happy you and your mother in law have a long arm (and a tiny bit jealous). It has to make finishing quilts easier and quicker... once you've mastered how to use it--which you have! Again, the quilt is beautiful.ReplyDelete
Great Job! Hope you have a Great Weekend! Finishing a quilt this early in the month...who knows what else you can get done this month! Go for it! Beautiful quiltingReplyDelete
Loving the giant blocks, the background space is prefect for trying out all kinds of quilting!ReplyDelete
Beautiful...the quilting and the colors...just love it!ReplyDelete
Beautiful work and quilting!!! This is amazing! Love the colors as well!ReplyDelete
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Oh I really love this quilt and it turned out fantastic. I didn't have time last year to join in the quilt along but I'm going to make plans to make one soon.ReplyDelete
Wow. Well done. I wish I could see it in person -- holy big blocks!ReplyDelete
The quilting is amazing Melissa! I'm always intrigued when you do feathers and things where you have to run back over the line a bit how you get it to actually go back on the line?! Mine is never so exact. Big blocks certainly do go together quickly. I like it when that happens.ReplyDelete
Yep!! Pretty awesome!ReplyDelete