Saturday, 5 April 2014

Exploding Lone Star

Exploding Lone Star

Good morning everyone. First off, I would just like to say "THANK YOU" to everyone who reads this blog and listens to my long-winded stories. You don't know know how much your support and encouragement means to me. I know my quilts aren't perfect, so thank you so much for your interest in what I do.

I'm not going to torture you with a long-winded story today (but it was my original plan!). I just wanted to show you some progress I've made on a recent creation--the Exploding Star. I got the inspiration for this from a pic I saw on instagram and then the idea of making it consumed me. I think I started this over a month ago, but it took so long to get to this point that it put me behind on several projects I should have already finished (sorry Audrey!).

When I put this star together the FIRST TIME, it would not lie flat...the more pieces, ironing and handling will really start to distort your star. The center  had a "hump" and I had intended to completely start over but I didn't want to waste all the fabric. I took it apart, "fixed" the angles, and reassembled it. I am SO happy I did.


exploding star quilt


I quilted it in diagonal straight lines, and occasionally added a row of loops. I like how it looks around the star, but now I wish I would've done something different inside the star. And I still haven't decided on what binding to use...I want to hang this in the living room and I'm not sure I want anything colorful around the edges to draw the eye away from the star.

I have had several people ask how I made this, so my plan is to write a tutorial as soon as I get caught up on a few other projects. I feel like this star was a huge undertaking in the beginning (when I wasn't sure what do to), but after remaking it twice I don't have any inhibitions about making another one and showing others the process. I'm actually really looking forward to it.


Close up of Lone star quilting


Anyway, thank you again and I hope you have a great week!


Linking up with Fabric Tuesday on Quilt Story!!






25 comments:

  1. I look foreword to you tutorial! It's stunning!!

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  2. Christina, I think this is absolutely beautiful. And I think the quilting is just perfect - the odd rows of loops just work for me! They add this lovely softness. Would you want to bind in white? White on quilts scares me, because I tend to be a bit grubby, but I can't picture this with a hot pink trim ;-)
    E xx

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  3. Fan-freaking-tastic! This is so beautiful!

    I am so impressed with the amount of sewing and quilting you do, and the amazing skills you have! This star is just too wonderful for words. Seriously beautiful!

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  4. Ohhhh, a thought about binding. Have you ever used a faux piping binding? or even a flange (I think that's the name). I'd love to see the faux piping/flange be made from scraps of the diamonds -- it gives just a tiny bit of color/movement to the edge of the quilt without an abrupt change (if you used a color/s for regular binding). It's a little more work than regular binding, too, but so totally worth it!

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  5. Absolutely Love this! I cannot wait for the toot.

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  6. Wow! Impressive and stunning! I love the quilting you chose to do. The odd row of loops sure adds interest. Well done and beautiful!!

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  7. This is gorgeous!! It's beautiful and you can see how much work this took!

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  8. This is gorgeous!! It's beautiful and you can see how much work this took!

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  9. Um, freaking stunning. I bow to your ingenuity. Seriously. I just do what others have done, but you create beauty. Well done.

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  10. What an amazing quilt! I love your quilting. Very stunning.

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  11. wow - love this quilt! I agree that a colored binding would take away from the quilt - hope that you have more of the white fabric that you used throughout the quilt.

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  12. Love the look of your exploded star. I've done the Lone Star once and thought "never again" ... but I think you may have changed my mind!

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  13. A very beautiful quilt and your quilting is just as lovely...very much an heirloom!

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  14. It is beautiful. Just like you.

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  15. love your quilt!! it is stunning and the fabrics are perfect

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  16. Absolutely stunning, just fabulous :D

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  17. Love your stories, love your quilts, and this one...breathtaking! You always pick the prettiest colors and sew them up amazingly!

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  18. Oh this is really beautiful!!

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  19. OH MY GOD Christina, this is BEAUTIFUL!! I don't know how I keep missing these posts. I came here to get your email address and this popped up, wow! I love, love love it! You truly don't know how talented you are!!

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  20. My first real (well it's not great but..) quilt I used white binding. I was wrapped up in it the other day and was looking at it. I wondered why I never thought to use white binding again because I really love it. That may be good here if you want the attention to the star. But whatever you choose will not take away from the beauty of this one!

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  21. The quilt is amazing! No wonder it didn't sit flat to begin with. It's such a difficult pattern, but you've done a great job with your re sewing.

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  22. Awesome quilt. Yes, please, a tutorial!! This quilt is too beautiful not to share with us.

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  23. I will be looking forward to your tutorial! Your quilt is beautiful ! Thank you for following your creativity and then sharing it!

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  24. I can't wait for your tutorial! Or a paid pattern, just get it out here for us! ☺

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XOXO Cristina