Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The Sawtooth Star ~ A Finished Quilt

I've never before been as indecisive about a quilt in progress as I have about this one!


I made the decision to go ahead and finish the quilt without adding borders.  During quilting  however I started to doubt if I had made the right decision, not just about the lack of borders but also about how I had decided to quilt this quilt.

I was quite unhappy (to say the least!) with how this quilt was starting to look, and the "puffed up" stars without any quilting were certainly not adding to my love for this quilt.  Having nothing to lose I threw the quilt into the washing machine, hoping that I would like it a little better when it later emerged from the tumble dryer, all crinkled and wrinkled.


And rightly so. It came out of the dryer like a crumbled up ball of fluff - so soft!- especially as I've used the yummiest and softest ever flannel fabric for the back of the quilt:


The backing fabric is from Diamond Mine in Sun from the Folksy Flannel range by Anna Maria Horner; this flannel makes me oh so happy!  I am not sure if I've ever felt a softer flannel fabric, and it has washed and tumble dried beautifully.



My final doubts about this quilt were removed once the binding was on. The solid yellow binding makes for the perfect quilt edge and adds that touch of contrast it needed.  This yellow binding fabric is Robert Kaufman Kona Cotton in Corn Yellow - it is ever so slightly darker and more saturated than the yellow fabric used for the peaks of the stars.

This one is staying with me!  When I am having a nap on the couch you can be assured I will be snuggled under this one.  There won't be any more fighting over who gets the quilt when we're being couch potatoes!

Thank you for stopping by!
Rita

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30 comments:

  1. It looks great - enjoy snuggling under it!

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  2. Too gorgeous to part with...!

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  3. The quilt is lovely! I love it that you decided not to add a border on the sides. It's a perfect finish. Great job!

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  4. How lovely. So out of the range for yo, yet still feels like you.

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  5. Isn't that LOVELY! I always find myself so inspired by your work.

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  6. totally love this and the quilting is perfection!!!

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  7. Definitely LOVE IT!!! Really do like the quilting pattern. Minimal is sometimes so much better!!!!

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  8. Strikingly beautiful and soft and cuddly too - a winner!

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  9. I love it. But I love every single quilt you do. When I pushed Next in my reader, and your page started to pop up, I got so excited, and I knew that out of the 100 or so blogs I view, yours is absolutely my favorite!

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  10. As a beginner FMQ quilter, I am studying your beautiful quilting. Can I ask though, did you not quilt inside the star blocks at all? Or is it stitched in the ditch and just not visible?

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  11. its not what I would cal indecisive', bold and forthright.

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  12. You have a great looking quilt there, I'd keep it too!

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  13. You have a great looking quilt there, I'd keep it too!

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  14. It turned out beautiful. i love your colour choices. They are, to me, perfect. That flannel will be lovely. I used some of the AMH flannel for some pillowcases and it washes up beautifully time and time again.

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  15. Stunning colors -- A really nice job. Did you have any problems with the straight line quilting in the intersections, or if not, do you have any tips about how to do it without a lot of puckers? I recently tried that, using a walking foot, and had to give up. Also, your binding looks really good.

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  16. Com todas essas duvidas... Eu acho que que ficou fantástico.

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  17. Gorgeous! The colors, the pattern, the back - no wonder you don't want to let this one go. How big is it, Rita? It does not look big enough for a snugly blanket, does it?

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  18. That old saying about it's not over until the fat lady sings... well, in a quilting context, it's not over until the binding is on... as if by magic - it all comes together.

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  19. This is a real stunner !!
    Definitely a keeper .

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  20. wonderful quilt! Yes, that yellow binding is PERFECT for it.

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  21. I have been watching the progress of this quilt and it so great. I know that flannel on the back will feel great in cold weather. Great job.

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  22. I love it...it is simply beautiful!!!

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  23. I love the boldness of this quilt...so fearless!
    And that flannel must be a dream to snuggle under! I think I'll have to get some, too!

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  24. Your binding is spectacular! Did you sew it on by machine or did you do this one by hand? I'm VERY envious!

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  25. Rita, your quilt is lovely. I do like the quilting, although I think you would perhaps have been happier if you had outline quilted the stars as well. That would have kept them highlighted subtly, and kept them slightly puffy as well.

    Love the zingy colour scheme!

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  26. Looks great! I really want to stroke that flannel :)

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  27. Awesome everything--color, the stars, the flannel, solid fabrics. WOWoW

    I'm curious what batting did u use or did u use one at all?

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  28. Gorgeous colours. I love this design.

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  29. It is stunningly beautiful.

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