Monday, June 3, 2013

The Mama Star Quilt

This is the star quilt that started it all! A friend asked me to create a custom king size quilt for her bed and a coordinating twin for her daughter. My friend was open to nearly every design idea that I brought to her, but I kept coming back to an image of a lone star quilt that her husband's aunt made for them. The lone star quilt was used on their bed for years, and it remains a very special piece for them.

I contemplated creating a new lone star quilt, but I wanted to do something different. I searched quite a bit and came up with lots of modern star quilt ideas, but I couldn't get this quilt by Kati at From the Blue Chair out of my mind. I especially loved that she used paper piecing, which is a great method for ensuring that your piecing is accurate.

I pieced my quilt in much the same manner as Kati outlines on her blog, but I changed the design quite a bit by creating concentric stars that have quite different angles.

The Mama Star Quilt

The center star is about 64" from point to point, and the entire quilt is 120" square. The star looks a bit small here, but I designed it so that it would sit perfectly on their bed. The thin dark blue border is a great frame around the edge of the quilt as it drapes on the bed!

The Mama Star Quilt

Unfortunately my colors are way off in these photos. We were rushing to get the pics before the sun went down, and we didn't have anyone to help hold this huge quilt! I wish I had more time to take better pictures, but I flew out of town the very next morning and took the quilts with to hand deliver.

Here's a close up of the star, the colors are pretty close in this picture and it also shows some of the quilting that I did:

The Mama Star Quilt

I had so much fun quilting this! The light blue background is quilted with straight lines 3/4" apart and each ring of the star is quilted with a different design. Here's a shot of the back of the quilt, where the designs really show up well:

The Mama Star Quilt - quilting on back

This is only the 3rd quilt that I quilted on the long arm, so I'm pretty happy with the result! Here's one more picture of the quilting on the back, this shows how I quilted the dark blue stripe around the quilt:

The Mama Star Quilt - quilting on back

I brought the quilt inside and put it on my bed for this picture. Unfortunately I have a queen size bed, so this isn't the most accurate shot. I does show the colors really nicely, though, and the proportion of the star:

The Mama Star Quilt

I took both quilts with me when I traveled back to Illinois a few weeks ago, and I was able to hand deliver them to my friend. She really loves both of them, and I've seen several photos of them in use! This was biggest custom order that I've ever received, and I was a bit nervous to quilt this giant quilt. But I think they turned out quite well in the end!


CitricSugar said...

Whoa - that is one gaint mamma-jamma quilt!

And it's absolutely gorgeous.

Sarah @ FairyFace Designs said...

This is fabulous. I really LOVE the quilting you did on it, and the impact of the star is great.

Charlotte said...

it's so lovely! I love that you used different angles for the star points - brilliant!

CityHouseStudio said...

What a stunning quilt! And your quilting is absolutely amazing - love that photo of all the quilting on the back!

Carla said...

Your quilting is fabulous! Beautiful quilt.

Archie The Wonder Dog said...

Wow, it's stunning!!!

Heather D. said...

Fantastic Nikki! The quilting is gorgeous.

Lora said...

Wow - giant, but gorgeous! I fall for these jumbo star quilts almost every time, and yours is no exception. Great quilting, too! I am glad she loved it - but who wouldn't?

Ali said...

Gorgeous star, I love all the differnt angles. I also love the quilting, so detailed.

Marla said...

This is so beautiful! I'm glad you showed it on the bed. It really helped me see the scale of the star.

Live a Colorful Life said...

Really beautiful, and gorgeous quilting!

Lynette said...

Hey, nice job!!! Love the quilting motifs in the star with the simple straight lines to let it shine from the background.

Meryl said...

Oh my goodness--that's beautiful! The quilting is incredible!