Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SuperStars {Finished}

After weeks of ebbs and flows...
SuperStars is finally completed and here she is in all her glory...

This quilt was inspired by Rachel Hauser's Red Red Stars Quilt at Stitched In Color
 And you can find her tutorial here.

RED is one of my favorite color and, when I first saw her quilt last December,
It was love at first sight and, I knew I would be making one...
I think this could be one of my favorite quilts so far...
SuperStars is going to someone special to me and, I am already thinking to make another one for myself...maybe with a different twist. 

I don't know if you are able to see, but there are different shades of reds, it kind of happened by accident; I ordered a few different reds and finally chose Kaffe Fassett's Vermillon shot cotton for the background and forgot to order more...so when I finally did, the red that came in the mail was from a different dye lot of course...It was slightly different in color so I decided to go along with it and use different shades of reds.

It's a nice lap size quilt, approximately 68 x 78 inches.

Happy and colorful!

If I had to change one thing...I would use a different print for the binding; I think a blue or dark grey prints would have been better. I'll keep that in mind for the next one.

To bring something different, I added a border with repeated fabrics from the quilt and,
I really like the way it turned out.

I like the blues and red together, this star block works really well with large scale prints.
I chose Deb's Feathers edge to edge as quilting pattern and I thinks it works well with the stars,
It softens the straight lines.

I was in a hurry to choose the backing and finally decided to just go with AMH - Flourish in Jester, the same backing Rachel used on hers...
I like to match the seams whenever it's possible,  here you can hardly see it.

FYI, I used the "Fast and Furious: Four-at-a-Time Flying Geese" method to make the flying geese, you can find Carrie Nelson's tutorial here. When using this method, there is no waste of fabrics.

***For the flying geese units, I had to adjust Carrie's measurements to fit Rachel's pattern;
1 square (red fabric) 7 3/4 x 7 3/4" inches
4 squares (print fabric) 4 1/8 x 4 1/8" inches
Follow Carrie's instructions to make the flying geese units,
Then trim the flying geese at 6 1/2 x 3 1/2" inches, then go back to Rachel's Sawtooth Star tutorial to follow the instructions to finish the star block.

Best, Maryse

Linking up to Katy at The Littlest Thistle for The Finish-Along-Quarter-2-Finish-Party
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Thursday, May 1, 2014

A taste of Florida for Random Thursday

Sewing has been in a slow motion lately...
I thought to give "Random Thursday" a try this week...
Hope I did good following the rules...:) 

One of the thing I enjoy doing is taking pictures, 
Not on a regular basis but more likely on an "off and on" basis...Mostly nature.

Before I left FL, I went to a bird rookery with my mother in law (she will be 90 years old this month and she loves photography) and took some pictures and, we got there early hoping to get some decent shots.
It's mating season right now and the alligators were acting up and turned out to be more interesting than the birds itself...

In the next photo, you can see an American alligator roaring; 
The males roar to attract females and to ward off other males.

And some birds at last...

Hope you enjoyed...

Linking up to Live a Colorful Life