Friday, October 29, 2010

Amy’s Blogger Quilt Festival 2010

by Karen on October 29, 2010

in quilts

Amy from Amy’s Creative Side is having her festival again this year – if you want to enter see her link above.  The quilt I am showing this year is one that I made in 2003.  It is called “Twisted Stars” it is a Judy Niemeyer pattern.  One big difference though from her pattern directions is that this quilt is hand pieced not paper pieced.  I do a lot of my quilts by hand piecing or hand applique and always hand quilt.  This quilt took me over 400 hours to make.  It is a large queen size.

Here is the whole quilt hanging outside:


The light wasn’t really well that day and the true colors do not show up – here are close ups – this one is of the border:


And another:


All the stars are made out of scraps:


I really love the stars in this quilt and it shows you how not all stars are the same!  I had never done stars of this shape before and then the twisted ribbons as well – they were a challenge to do by hand also.  I think that is the main thing I like about hand piecing – the challenge involved.  For me making a quilt is not about how fast you can accomplish getting it done – it is more about challenging work and perseverance I guess.  The quilting shows up better on the back – this fabric is actually a purple moda marble – it looks blue though for the photo no matter what light I took the photo in.