Monday, December 3, 2012

Shelburne Falls - A Finished Quilt

A Reproduction Vintage Star Quilt
I have finished my quilt!  It has been a huge week of persevering: sewing, pressing, quilting and binding.  This quilt was time consuming to make and some of the units were endlessly repetitive, or so it seemed. I found myself easily distracted.  


Behind the scenes I have made a dreadful mess with discarded foundation papers scattered on the floor (I always start off with a rubbish bin nearby ... I have good intentions), and threads traipsed up the stairs and down the hallway.  What can I say?  A quilter lives here.


The quilt top came together remarkably well, matching most seams by "locking" opposing seam allowances, although not all.  I will have to re-work my pressing of the seams for this quilt block.  For binding I used a wider than usual black and white stripe fabric to lift energy of this quilt another notch.  And for the back of the quilt I have used a yellow polka dot fabric on a cream background (as pictured above).


It is difficult to see in the images, but I have limited the quilting to ditch stitching all of the edge to edge straight seam lines, both horizontal and vertical.  In this instance the quilting is purely functional rather than decorative, and although the quilting doesn't add detail, it does add texture.


I have had many requests for a pattern for this quilt design and have scheduled in writing the pattern for early next year - hopefully January 2013. The pattern will include both foundation paper piecing patterns as well as template patterns if you prefer to machine (or hand?) stitch.
Just in time for Christmas ....
the finished quilt has been listed in my Etsy Store. 
The listing details can be seen here:  Reproduction Vintage Star Quilt


Ready for shipping.

Thank you for stopping by,
Rita

Relevant Links:
Shelburne Falls - Fabric Collection
Work in Progress
Etsy Store

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25 comments:

  1. I cant believe you're selling it! All that effort- for an amazing quilt! You're awesome!

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  2. Wonderful. I hate the threads which seem to tread everywhere!

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  3. Gorgeous! Love the yellow dots backing,and looking forward to a pattern next year.

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  4. love the minimal quilting. the dotted back looks so good against the busy front. :-)

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  5. Oh my goodness ~ this quilt is dazzeling!

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  6. Glad you're going to sell the pattern - count me in! Beautiful graphic quilt!

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  7. All I can say it POPs, the color combo works so beautifully.

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  8. I love this quilt...can't wait to try my own!

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  9. I love the way the polka dots pop here! The color scheme is fabulous! I love it and I've pinned it to my "Quilty Goodness" board on Pinterest (with proper credit, of course!). Feel free to follow me if you'd like: http://pinterest.com/lipglass/quilty-goodness/

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  10. Oh I love this so much! So happy to hear you're making a pattern - can't wait to try it!

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  11. I'm glad you're making a pattern, Rita. If you need a tester, give me a call =)

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  12. Gorgeous!! I know what you mean about the threads everywhere...I just did some pre-Christmas baking and when (ahem) testing them....I pulled out more than one thread. Hmm. I should seriously vacuum, ya think??

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  13. This is such an eye-poppingly fabulous quilt. Another beauty, Rita!!

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  14. I love love this quilt. I went over to Etsy thinking of purchasing it and BOOM! already sold! It is gorgeous and stands out beautifully!

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  15. SPECTACULAR! Your color/print choices are right on the mark! Eagerly awaiting the pattern...... Have a wonderful day!

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  16. This quilt is so beautiful! The red with the black polka-dots against the scrappy squares so eye-catching. I can't wait for the pattern.

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  17. Beautiful quilt! I, too, will be looking forward to buying the pattern.

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  18. I seriously go through a mini period of mourning every time one of your quilts is sold! One day I will own one! They are so beautiful.

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  19. I just love this quilt!! Can't wait for the pattern!

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  20. Gorgeous! One thing about your quilts that I absolutely love is how flat they are. No ripples, no gathers, no wrinkles. nothing. It's as if it came right off a bolt. I have a Bernina too with a really nice walking foot, but I can't get my fabrics to lay as flat as that. My LQS said to use pins every fist length. Maybe I need to pin every two inches or something??? Also, do you prewash your fabrics? If not, do you have photos of what your quilts look like after they are washed?

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