Thursday, June 21, 2018

Hurricane Stars on the Long Arm


New Name to Be Announced Soon!

While summer officially blows in today with cooler air, I am still trying to beat the heat while working in my second story studio. The pale, blue setting triangles above are getting some free-handed, ferny feathers.




Formerly called Hurricane Stars, this sweet thing is on the long arm. While I take frequent breaks from quilting, I'm finishing up the pattern for it. Check, check, and triple check! It's coming soon, I promise, along with the new name reveal. You will love the easy numbers, detailed instructions, and big dent it takes from your scraps and stash!



I'm using Omni "Bright White", which is a 40 wt. thread from Superior Threads. I've used a single layer of batting only-- since this quilt feels so summery, the thread is adding texture more than stand out quilting. You know, it's either about the quilting or about the quilt for me. One has to be the star, and the other gets a supporting role.



Pesky Corners

The feathers went down so smoothly, but the corners were a different story, and I wanted a chance to explain. Can you see my blue marker drawing above? I drew it freehand, and it's spineless. It has no central leader, but is built one feather/wave/shell on top of the next. The ferny feathers were built on a spine, and in my opinion, easier to construct and quilt. That being said, I wanted something different in the corners, and I went with it.



I should have drawn it more accurately before quilting, and somewhere close to the bottom I got lost. Then my long arm went all cattywonkus, and limped on me because a little bit of lint stuck in a wheel. I moaned. I groaned. I texted. I complained. I walked away for a day. (Looking back now I'm thinking, "It really wasn't ALL that bad, lady.")



The next day I ripped out the offending stitches, and redrew more accurate lines.




And still, it's not perfect, but it's free-hand, and that's what you get. A few lines bounce around, but white thread hides a multitude of quilting sins. Ba-haha-haha!



After all my rants of, "I don't do cute, ya know," I love this! And, it's the epitome of cute. 
Whoddathunk?

Come on, Doxie girls.
Let's go sew.

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17 comments:

Julie said...

Posting here so I can see your comments.

SandraC said...

I love the fresh fabrics! Also, your quilting really enhances the quilt. I haven't done anything custom in a while and this makes me need one to do....I'll have to prep one of my own to do this Summer!

Quilting Babcia said...

Hi Julie, I love what you did with your corner triangles. I think it might even be manageable on my DSM as long as the triangles aren't too large. BTW, I posted last night a fix for blogger comments that I received from Gayle at Mangofeet blog. It seems to be working for a lot of folks. I've only had one regular commenter whose comment didn't show up in my email, but they never did before the big glitch either.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

I think your quilt is not only CUTE but also LOVELY!!! There's just something magical about a scrappy quilt that just makes me smile. I'd totally forgotten about your hurricane stars. Great quilting idea and work on those corners. I shall have to wait patiently to read what you renamed it. But it ain't going to be easy.

Tish Stemple said...

I'll let you think you don't do cute...but there's been several times you've done cute stuff...it's not a bad thing :P

Frédérique said...

Beautiful quilting, and this quilt is fabulous! Love it!!

Stitchin At Home said...

You may not think cute, but I love this. The feathers have personality and that's a good thing.

mangozz said...

I just love those free-hand feathers in the setting triangles!

Susan said...

The quilt is beautiful, the quilting is beautiful - everything sings! Makes for a great pattern

Janice said...

I think you've got some subconscious "cute" in you, Julie! This looks wonderful! I love the quilting you did too.

audrey said...

Haha Don't do cute is so funny. Sometimes the quilt just insists though and then what's the quilter to do? This quilt is certainly summery if not cute! I'm not a longarmer, but it's interesting to follow along on your quilting journey's.:)

Ramona said...

Your quilt is beautiful and your gorgeous quilting really completes it. Nicely done!

Kate said...

Looking good! The colors in this one make me think of sherbet ice cream. Both are a perfect summer treat.

chrisknits said...

I am loving it even more!!! You are a goddess with the color and quilting.

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

I think it looks great. I've only tried feathers once and didn't do so well.

Sandy said...

I hate to say this, but it really is cute! The corner triangles look good.

KaHolly said...

I have a little catching up to do! So, I’ll begin with this post. What do I think.....hmmm.....I think, “Wow!” Nothing wrong with those corners! It’s an absolutely darling quilt and your growing skills with that longarmer have really brought it to life! Well done!