Saturday, August 6, 2016

Finished That 6-Point Star Quilt!

I did it! I have finished the 6-point star.

Finally.

To briefly recap this quilt's journey: In 1998-99, when DS was in high school and going to track and cross country meets, I needed a hand-stitching project to fill car time and down time. I selected as many random fabrics as I could from my stash, cut the parts, packed them with needle, thread and scissors into a zip-lock bag. Off I went! These stars saw a lot of running action around the state of Ohio.  After I had a goodly number of stars, I decided I'd better get to creating a quilt top.

So I did.

Then I stopped. I couldn't figure out how to even out the edges. The quilt found its way to a bin in the sewing room for about 10-12 years. I finally did what I thought was impossible: I whacked off the points of those outer stars. It didn't hurt at much as I thought it would. *grin*  This post shows those whacked off points.

In November of last year, I put the quilt into the quilt frame. Since it had been entirely hand pieced, it seemed only a matter of course that it would have to be hand quilted, as well. 

As I do a lot of things, my work occurred in spurts. I'd go like mad at it for a few weeks, then I would barely touch it. I even took the frame down through the Christmas holidays and hid it in the sewing room.

I am very relieved to have a finish. It's like an old friend, I've spent so much time with it in recent weeks. Make that months. Or years. We go way back, I guess you could say. 

Today, I will be helping out at the Ross County Fair as quilts are entered. It will be a long afternoon, and I will even enter a few of my own this year. 

I did go to the Circleville Quilt Show yesterday, and it was spectacular! I took quite a few pictures, and I will be getting those organized and edited ASAP. Stay tuned.

Happy Quilting, Friends!

12 comments:

Barbara said...

I think your star quilt is lovely. You should feel quite an accomplishment for sticking with it for so many years. Will you do another by hand?

Kathi Riemer said...

You must feel a great sense of satisfaction Jayne. Your quilt is beautiful!

Tanya Quilts in CO said...

Congrats on the beautiful job completing such an old UFO!

Sarah said...

Wow! Congratulations on your finish. It might have lakes a long (long) time but it's a beauty.

Carla A Few Of My Favorite Things said...

Congrats! What a beautiful traditional quilt! This pattern always speaks to me aren't you glad that you persevered? Fantastic!

Gretchen Weaver said...

Such a pretty quilt! I really like her. Is she one you are entering in the fair? I agree, when you have done that much handwork, they have to be hand quilted. Blessings, Gretchen

CathieJ said...

This quilt may have taken quite a long time to finish but it is absolutely beautiful.

Stephie said...

What a lovely story! And I don't mind the sawn off stars one bit - they're just hiding behind a few night clouds :) Congratulations on a lovely (and no doubt satisfying) finish.

Mia is mine said...

Absolutely lovely - both the quilt and the story! I'm curious as well - would you hand piece another one? Your work is so beautiful!

Kate said...

The star quilt turned out beautifully! Congrats on a lovely finish

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

They ar a lot of work, but worth it!! Great job

Catherine said...

What a beautiful job you did, however long it took. The result was worth it!