Thursday, May 21, 2015

True North

Today I am so excited to share with you one of the quilts that I made for market.   I am also sharing it as part of Blogger's Quilt Festival!!!  (yup, just squeaking it in there in time)   I call it True North and I have to say, I love it!!!

When the gals at Riley Blake Designs asked me to design something for their Postcards for Santa Christmas Line, I knew right away I wanted to do a play on a Star design.   I really played with this design a lot getting the look and the piecing just right and I just love how the off balance layout makes those beautiful stars pop!!

And of my goodness, can I just say I love the Gold Shimmer in this line!!!  It was so incredible to get to work with.  The quilt finishes at 92" x 92" making it perfect for your queen size bed.   

When it came time to quilt this beauty, I decided to do some custom ruler work in the Stars, and Pebbling to give it the look of snow all piled up.  So fun and so much yummy texture!!

On the border I quilted echoed paisley's (video tutorial found here)  I used my all time favorite 402 So Fine Superior Thread for all the quilting.  I love how it blended perfectly in the background as well as the Star prints!!   And funny story on this one, with about a 1/2 a row left, I completely ran out of 402.  Like, no extra cone lying around, completely out.   And of course, I was trying to get this in the mail to ship for Market, so I didn't really have time to get a new one.  Lucky for me, it happens to be another local Long-Armers favorite thread as well, and she let me borrow a cone to finish the job.  Thank heavens for good friends to get you out of a pickle.   And yes, I stopped at the Superior Threads Warehouse on our way to market and picked up 5 Cones of 402.  Good to Go!!!

And here is True North hanging in the Riley Blake Designs booth at Market!!!  I had to stop and stare each time I walked by, so fun!!!  And let me tell you, I wanted to take that little dress off the mannequin and bring it home for my little one for Christmas.  Adorable!!!

I plan on writting True North up as a pattern but just haven't gotten time yet ;)   And of course, it will have size options.  This is such a fun Christmas quilt, but the design would really look great in any combination of prints.  Stars are just so versatile :)

Oh, and I just got some wonderful news on True North this morning.  The Sisters Outdoor Quilt Show in Oregon that is held in July has requested that True North be part of the show!!!   So it has another pit stop to make before it makes it's way home ;)  So excited!!!  And that means I will have to get the pattern written up sooner rather than later ;)  You know I always work best under deadlines ;)

And that is True North!!!   Thank you so much for stopping by today!!!  If you are stopping by for the first time from Blogger's Quilt Festival Welcome!!!  I would love it if you came back and visited often, I am always excited to share my daily quilting adventures ;)

And be sure to pop back to the Blogger's Quilt Festival and check out all of the amazing quilts!!!!  There are so many, talk about your super Quilting Eye Candy!!!

Have a Happy Quilting Day!!!

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  1. What a fun block and a beautiful quilt. I can't even imagine how exciting it must be to see your work at quilt market! AND to have it be in the sisters show? What a wonderful trip home it will have with that detour!

  2. Does that mean you will be coming up to the Sister's quilt Show? It does have that sparkle to it. Nice to have Sister's ask for it to be there after seeing it at Market.

  3. Oh! I will get to see it Sister's Outdoor Quilt Show! WOO HOO! Have you been? I've been to several now~

  4. Beautiful quilt Melissa! I really love the star pattern on this one. Let us know when the pattern is ready. :-) You did such a great job on the quilting to: perfect designs for the different parts of the piecing. Hugs, H

  5. Congratulations on a beautiful quilt and on the Sisters invite. I admire the work on this quilt and it is great to have friends you can go to in a pinch!

  6. Congratulations on a beautiful quilt and on the Sisters invite. I admire the work on this quilt and it is great to have friends you can go to in a pinch!

  7. True North is a beautiful quilt. I love star quilts also and will be eagerly awaiting the pattern (no pressure!).
    Will you be attending The Sisters Quilt Show? It's always so fun.

  8. True North - a beautiful quilt and then perfect name for it too! Congratulations on both having it at Quilt Market for Riley Blake and for being asked to have it at Sisters! Wow Wee that is incredible Melissa!

  9. Melissa, It sounds like you had fun designing True North! I like the large scale blocks.


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