My goal was to finish this quilt by today……
and by golly, I did it!! I also got to go hiking with my daughter and her class for their Friday Fieldtrip Outing!! We are having some really glorious pre-spring weather here. I’m calling this a REALLY good day!
My newly finished Dreamcatcher Quilt is one that I just had to make! Do you ever have those? Of course you do…. we all do!!
Several months ago I saw a this beautiful quilt, created by Amy, and I knew I had to create something similar. I’m not a huge fan of these warm colors together but I wanted to use solids that I didn’t just love, love, love because if the quilt didn’t work out, I wouldn’t have wasted my more favorite colors. You see, I really wasn’t sure how she made this quilt, so I figured out my own way. Since it was my first attempt……… well you see what I mean. My impulsiveness has brought a few quilting disasters to my “quilty RIP pile” and caused me some unneeded frustration in the past. Let’s just say, I have a few things from those abandoned projects!
I had lots of fun with all the improv piecing. It was fun trying to figure out how to make the star points. I went back to this tutorial that I tried out years ago, only I used larger squares that were already pieced. The seams got a bit bulky at times but a little pressing worked that out just fine! I loved piecing this star together with this super saturated Kona Tangerine for the background (I love how the different dye lots add to the design). I tend to get stuck in a white/gray/neutrals background rut, so this orange was fun to work with in such large quantity.
I wasn’t sure what to do for quilting lines and actually put this quilt aside for a while for lack of inspiration. Then it came to me!! I wanted to highlight the square shape in the center but also add some whimsy and movement to the quilt. I chose to quilt a sort of tilted concentric square pattern. For me it brings something fun and unexpected to the design. It wasn’t all that easy to pull off and in the end I realize I need to “tilt” it a bit more to really achieve the effect I was going for. Even so, I really LOVE this quilt and am so very happy with how it turned out.
I have been enjoying all the modern lone star quilts I’ve been noticing all over blogs and pinterest. I’m so glad I finally made one. I have a feeling it won’t be my last. For starters I’m likely going to try this same quilt in a different color combination.
I’m linking this one up to Crazy Mom today for Finish It Up Friday- better late than never!
Hope your weekend is amazing!!