Monday, March 4, 2013

Star Gazer Finish!






I love how this quilt turned out and it raised money for my daughter's school last weekend so what could be better. 

When I last posted I had cut out all of the fabric and was ready to whip out the blocks. I had done a curves quilt, Curlicue Crush, way back in 2011 so I felt confident going into it. 

Once I started sewing the curves together though they were buckling and puckering and I couldn't figure out the problem. I emailed Melissa and she offered some advice. At first I thought the problem was my half circles were a little big but trimming them down didn't help much. After making a little progress decreasing my stitch length I was still having issues. Melissa was so helpful trying to get to the bottom of this with me and we came up with sewing through Face Time. It was so great to watch her sew her blocks and for her to see how mine were turning out. I would recommend Face Time to all your sewing friends across the country!! Unfortunately I was sewing the blocks exactly the way she was, this is where the cussing begins but of course not on facetime. Fortunately Melissa did figure out the problem and shared it on her post for the quilt along. Check it out to see photos but it turns out different brands of fabric behaved differently when sewing curves.  Melissa points out we were both using high quality fabrics, I think the Constellation fabric looks amazing with this pattern, but I was manhandling mine a little bit too much and not using pins. I was able to be very gentle and still not use pins finally getting nice flat blocks. If only I hadn't made so many buckily ones in the beginning my points would have matched up a little better. Luckily once the quilt was quilted all evidence disappeared! Nancy quilted it for me and I love how the pattern looks. 
 Quilt top before quilting.


 Ugh the points! Next time they'll be better though. I love how the Twinkle Twinkle fabric looks in Natural. 

The back

This is a quilt I really do want to make again. There's a baby boy on the horizon for a friend of mine maybe this will fit in with her theme? 

Pétra

9 comments:

Lunden said...

Hot Damn! That is one fine looking quilt.

trudys_person said...

Great quilt Petra! I love this line of fabric, and your design is perfect. I like that it looks like you are peeking out into deep space!

arajane said...

this quilt is so gorgeous! i love the fabric, the pattern, the quilting. it's all fabulous!

Elsa said...

Petra ~ what a lovely quilt! The fabric is perfect for the design and love the quilting too!

AGypsiSoul said...

Awesome quilt Petra!!!

Gail said...

Absolutely gorgeous quilt!!

Jessica said...

Found you via the Star Gazer QAL--stunning quilt!

Pétra said...

Thank you and thank you for stopping by!

Amanda said...

This quilt is beautiful. I'm not quite sure I'll ever have enough of this constellation fabric. It seems to make every pattern sparkle.