Gravity!

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Gravity

This is the Gravity quilt by Jaybird Quilts: it is the first time I have ever bought a kit, as well as the first time I used all solids — I loved the pattern that much!  If you are as compulsive as I am, this is THE quilt to piece:  I marked every piece, check every angle before and after cutting — and it was the funnest quilt I have ever made.  The directions are precise, the templates and specialty ruler work, and of course the color wheel palette is spectacular.

I made the quilt smaller than the original by leaving off 10 inches of background on each side.  I just could not face wrestling with a 90″ x 90″ quilt, and I knew I would be hanging this on a limited wall space in my living room.  I wish I could have afforded custom quilting, but I think the edge-to-edge pattern I chose at Jukebox Quilts complements the geometric nature of the quilt.

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Learning Curve: Lone Star Quilt

“I am missing Texas . . .  Will you make me a Lone Star quilt?”

GF is from Houston, and every once in a while, she threatens to move back, but mostly she tells me she misses Texas.  I don’t understand it, but I take her word for it.  So I went searching for a Lone Star quilt pattern, and found Terri Ann Swallow’s Jellied Lone Star Quilt on the Moda Bake Shop website.  I liked her pattern so much that I hunted down what may have been the last existing jelly roll of “Feed Company” by Sweetwater.  How hard could it be?  After all, it’s supposed to be appropriate for ambitious beginners, and I was under the impression that I was now an intermediate quilter.

I should have paid attention to the part about starching the fabric first . . .

And this is what happened:

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Lone Star Quilt #1

See those huge puckers?  When your points aren’t at perfect 45° angles, your sewn top is never going to lie flat.  Ever.

Sigh.

So, the quilt top is going to become this floor quilt (some day):

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After much stomping and whining, I made some DIY sizing using potato vodka and distilled water (1:2 ratio), bought a new jelly roll — “Mama Said Sew Revisited” by Sweetwater — and unleashed my not-so-hidden OCD with a vengeance:

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Lone Star Quilt, version 2!

 

The finished quilt is 90 inches by 90 inches, and I did the quilting at Jukebox Quilts on one of their super duper Innova longarm machines.  I fell in love with the stylized modern “chain link” stitch; I think it provides a nice counterpoint to a very traditional quilt pattern.  The star I made is bigger than the original pattern, and I chose to insert the white pieces surrounding the star using Y seams.  In retrospect, I probably should have used the same off-white fabric for the entire background, but at the time I thought it would be more interesting to have two different whites.

I will not make another Lone Star again; as with knitting, I don’t like using the same pattern twice.   It’s a learning curve, right?