Friday, October 2, 2009

A Galaxy of Stars

I have finished sewing together the star blocks that I have been working on all week. Those of you who have been following progress on this quilt will already know that this project was inspired by this picture of a quilt on Flickr, and although I have made the blocks according to my own math calculations and blocks size, the finished blocks were pretty much a copy of the original quilt.


To give this quilt an original touch and make it feel like I have added to the design, I have thrown a few extra Half Square Triangles into the strips of sashing that join the blocks together.  It has created another star effect at each intersection, and given the quilt a completely different and unique look.


This quilt is big, measuring 70 inches x 70 inches and proved difficult to capture a decent picture of in its entirety.


I am very happy with how easily the blocks came together, and love the end result.  This really was quite a major piecing project.  It has tested my new Bernina Aurora and I was very impressed with how well this sewing machine was able to handle some of the very bulky seams and intersections. Effortlessly!  So good!


It has been another great week and I am rather sad to say that the school holidays are nearly over.  No more sleeping in, lunch at 3 pm, and late nights.  Sigh...

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Wordless Wednesday - Galaxy of Stars Quilt in Progress

66 comments:

  1. That quilt is absolutely, stunningly, gorgeous! It takes my breath away. Great work.

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  2. The quilt is beautiful and I so know how you feel about the sleeping in the thing. I was a late night owl all summer long and school is really putting a damper on my progress.

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  3. Lovely quilt, just love white backgrounds with bright colours. I just had my Aurora serviced (didn't really need it) it hasn't been serviced for 2 years and I have a big quilting class in 2 weeks (Don't Look Now) and I wanted to make sure that it was in tip top shape. But to tell the truth it doesn't miss a beat and sews just about anything it is the best investment in craft i have ever made.

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  4. This quilt truly is special, just beautiful.. I love the white sashing and the stars that have been created at the cornerstones.

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  5. Beautiful I love the look can't wait till you quilt it to see what you will do. Greatttttt job.

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  6. Om my gosh! I can't believe how beautifully that turned out and how much I love it! Simply stunning! Love your extra touches with the stars! I would LOVE to make a quilt like this!

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  7. Okay -- I'm assuming it's also on Flickr. I'm running over there to mark it as a fave :)

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  8. I love your quilt and I really like your addition. It makes it so much better. Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Your Galaxy of Stars quilt is amazing. Soooo colorful against the white. It looks like a summer party dress!!! congratulations

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  10. I love it too! So fresh and beautiful.

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  11. Absolutely Gorgeous! LOVE it. It's going in my inspiration folder for sure!

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  12. Wow - just amazing! It's absolutely beautiful!

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  13. Fresh, gorgeous, lovely - all those things. The stars sparkle, too!
    Hugs - Lurline♥

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  14. I love this quilt. It is wonderful. This is definitely my favorite kind of quilt. I love scrappy quilts. They are always unique.

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  15. Rita this is so beautiful!!! The colours just pop against the white... love this!

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  16. You've really done a great job on this quilt. I just love it and can't wait to see how you quilt it.

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  17. This quilt is a knockout!!! I love how you have taken the blocks and then made it your own. Gorgeous colours too xo

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  18. Oh yah, yours is better. You may have been inspired by that other one but yours is the grand champion and original one! I am so impressed. You have the touch, the way to make anything turn out perfect.
    way to go
    ~a

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  19. Absolutely stunning. Love it. If you say it came together easily, then I believe you. I've got to say though, it looks very tricksy! Well done.

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  20. It's so pretty Rita! You are extremely clever with the way you mix colour and solids. Beautiful.

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  21. It's come together beautifully - great job!

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  22. I will probably try and steal that when you aren't looking - it's amazing! It's totally contemporary with a traditional feel. Simply fabulous...

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  23. Oh My God. It's absolutely gorgeous!!! I love the stars in the sashing strip. You have outdone yourself! Beautiful, gorgeous and simply amazing!!

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  24. Such a very beautiful quilt , love it !

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  25. It's amazing Rita. I'm so impressed with all of your perfect points. I struggle lining up even a few points and you've got rows and rows and rows! It's gorgeous!

    Amy

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  26. Sensational Rita! I really hope this one is staying with you...it is just TOO beautiful to sell. Just stunning!!

    Although...this baby would make an AMAZING Christmas present for my folks ;) because...at least I would know that it will one day be in my hands!

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  27. What a beauty! Love how you used the star in the sashing.

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  28. I just love your version! Just perfect in every way.

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  29. I love this SO MUCH! I have been drooling over all of the pics of the progress and specifically like the pattern as well as the crispness of the white against the colors/fabrics you chose. This is one of the few quilts I've seen lately that I just can't stop thinking about! Thank you for sharing!

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  30. You must have the patience of a saint :-) LOVELY piecing and its turned out gorgeous! Any plans for it yet?

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  31. Wow, wow, wow! Absolutely stunning! I really think the stars you put in the sashing ties it all together.

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  32. Yet again, another lovely quilt! You really are inspiring me to use bright colors

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  33. How beautiful! I love your modification to the pattern and the wonderful use of scraps.

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  34. My jaw dropped this morning when I saw this. I have always loved bright colors paired with white; this quilt embodies that PERFECTLY. 70 x 70? That is a daunting amount of triangles, but I am totally going to attempt my own soon. I can't wait to see what you use for the back and to quilt it :)

    Oooo, and the possibilities for binding are endless...

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  35. I already loved the block, but your sashing and cornerstones...WOW!

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  36. Holy cow that's a lot of triangles. I can't even imagine doing that myself. Good work!

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  37. I was in awe with the blocks, but the extra starts in between make it even more beautiful. Too much for words, even in my own language, which is Dutch.

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  38. Oh, it's so beautiful! I love the simple complexity of it (if that makes sense). I just want to keep staring at it forever. Lovely!

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  39. This has to be one of my all time favorites of yours and that is saying a lot because I love all of them - you are so talented!!

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  40. What an absolutely stunning quilt! I love it!

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  41. Oh it's just TWINKLY! It makes me happy.

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  42. oh mylanta, rita! this is a STUNNING quilt! nicely done!!!!

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  43. You get so many comments, I wish I could take the time to read all of them, too, but I just wanted to tell you how gorgeous this latest quilt is !
    You truly made it your own with the sashing detail, and it quite beautiful ! I'm so glad that it's big, too...........you'll treasure it that much more. I don't think you'll want to add it to your Etsy shop though!

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  44. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous. Just gorgeous. Did I say I thought it was gorgeous? It's gorgeous!

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  45. Oh Rita, it looks fantastic. I appreciate that you considered some originality to your piece, as opposed to a straight copy (even though you did give credit where credit was due). Surprisingly, not many people do that. That's the difference between inspiration and copying.

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  46. The sashing is fantastic! And I must say that I am jealous of those perfect points - you inspired me to be even more diligent with my piecing....

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  47. Wow! Words can't describe how wonderful this quilt is! The colors are amazing, and the piecing is so precise. Oh, my gosh, all those points! It's absolutely beautiful!

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  48. Very beautiful. I think it looks awesome.

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  49. WOW.
    Wow. Wow. Wow!!!

    I LOVE it. And I LOVE the way you set the blocks to give the secondary smaller little star in the sasshing. Fabulous!

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  50. la,la,LOVE this bright and clean and crisp quilt! You did an exceptional job at recreating the quilt photo that you saw on flickr!!! Way to go! and I really like what you did in the sashings to create another star!

    That 3rd photo on this entry is GORGEOUS! It's always fun to see the many thousands of ways you can use the basic HST to create a dynamite quilt!

    way to go! :) Love from Texas! ~bonnie

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  51. This is beautiful!!! I love it, you did a fantastic job and is totally worth copying! :) hehe! I'm amazed at it! I love the extra pieces too, it unifies and makes it look even better!

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  52. Any chance you are going to give us a pattern or tutorial for this quilt? I love it so much and would love to make one as well.

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