Amy’s Blogger Quilt Festival 2010

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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:

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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:

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And another:

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All the stars are made out of scraps:

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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.

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23 comments… add one

  • Crispy Oct 29, 2010

    Oooo a beautiful quilt to showcase Karen!! Maybe by the Spring Quilt Festival, I’ll have something to show LOL.

    Crispy

  • Teri Dingler Oct 29, 2010

    Stunning, absolutely stunning! Beautiful work, as usual! I am in awe of your hand work! Teri

  • Merete Vatshelle Oct 29, 2010

    Its really beautiful, and the stars are gorgeous! I have told you before, but I a great admirerer of your work – all done by hand!
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend!
    Merete

  • gwynette in NW Arkansas Oct 29, 2010

    You continue to amaze me, Karen, with your superb hand work. I know you get a great deal of satisfaction when each is completed. You go, Girl!!!!

  • traceyjay Oct 29, 2010

    such a beautiful quilt… wow.
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  • Vivian Oct 29, 2010

    Oh my Karen! I love those stars and the background fabric you used.

    I think I’ll check to see if the pattern is still available and put it on my list of next year projects.

    Just beautiful. Your patience and sewing skills amaze me.
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  • Michelle Oct 29, 2010

    Gorgeous in design, colors, and quilting. Although I don’t hand-piece every quilt I make, I always have a hand-piecing/hand-quilting project going. I tend to do my more complex quilts in this way. Currently, I’m doing a NYB.

    Again, that is a beautiful quilt.
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  • Oddbjørg Pedersen Oct 30, 2010

    Beautiful, beautiful! You always make wonderful quilts!
    Have a nice weekend!
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  • Pattilou in UT Oct 30, 2010

    What a wonderful quilt. I can’t imagine spending 400 hours on a quilt–you must become very attached to them by then. I loved the ribbons and of course the hand quilting!
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  • Caron Mosey Oct 30, 2010

    What a beautiful quilt! Love the colors you chose.

  • Miri Oct 30, 2010

    Stunning! This quilt is amazing-from the fabrics you chose to the wonderful piecing to the quilting! Perfection!

    This is what I like about these Festivals…a chance to show quilts made before we started blogging and sharing. I’m showing an older quilt too.
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  • Sandie ~call me crazy Oct 30, 2010

    Beautiful quilt Karen! I cannot even imagine all the hand stitches you put into it! Great job!
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  • Mavi Oct 31, 2010

    A stunning bedspread with a wonderful quilting work.
    Karen, congratulations, is precious.
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  • Carol Hansen Oct 31, 2010

    Gorgeous, and I know from doing hand quilting myself that this one took a lot of work.

  • Angie Oct 31, 2010

    Very neat arrangement of stars!

  • traceyjay Nov 1, 2010

    this quilt is so stunning! Beautiful work! :)
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  • Karen Nov 2, 2010

    This is such a beautiful quilt. What wonderful patience you must have to hand piece a quilt this size!
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  • Melanie Nov 2, 2010

    Lovely!!!

  • Joanne Hall Nov 2, 2010

    Hey there !! GORGEOUS !!!!!! At least I think so …
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  • Anna Nov 4, 2010

    I really love Judy – a Niemeyer patterns- I have three or four of her patterns that are on my someday list.
    Your stars are truly stunning- you have created a beautiful heirloom for your family to enjoy and treasure.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Enjoy the festival.
    Warmest regards,
    Anna
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  • Becky Nov 4, 2010

    I love the twisty stars- that’s such a cool design with really nice colors.

  • Jackie Nov 5, 2010

    You know I love Judy Niemeyer’s patterns and this is no exception. But wow, you hand pieced it, fantastic!! I know that I would have definitely done the paper piecing. I am actually taking a class with Judy in two weeks. I so enjoy her classes!! Great quilt!
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  • eileen Dec 14, 2010

    what a fantastic quilt–those stars are just stunning. thanks for sharing and have a great day
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