Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Got That Wonky Feeling!

Wow it's difficult to get back into the blogging mode when you have been awol for a few weeks!! My time away was forced upon me with yet another bad shoulder flare up. Things are settling down now, fingers crossed they will stay that way for a lot longer this time. I'm bursting with ideas and inspiration for 2012 and very excited to see what the year will bring. 

One thing I did manage to work on slowly over the past month was a Wonky Stars Quilt.


My inspiration for this quilt was a gorgeous quilt I found on flickr created by Amy (Drury Girl).

Amy's (Drury Girl) gorgeous wonky star quilt that she designed. 
The colours she has used here are mouthwatering!
Photo taken with permission.

I loved Amy's layout for these stars and decided to make mine like that too. I had fallen completely in love with the feedsack inspired Blue Hill Fabric with its retro looking red, pink, green and white flowers all over it and had such fun using this as the background fabric for the stars. 


For the stars I wanted to continue a bit of a retro look and found Denyse Schmidts Flea Market Fancy plus some of her new Spotlight (Joannes) fabric worked a treat as always. Is there anything that FMF doesn't work with? Other fabrics used are the always versatile Japanese Kei dots and some Michael Miller dots as well as some solids and other fabrics. 


The stars are wonky because they are sewn using the liberated method. 


I took a few photo's to show how they are done, I will show them in the next week or so.


Recently we spent some time with friends down at Philip Island. These photo's were taken on the horse round yard on the property, the grey timber of the yard looks fabulous with the colourful stars. Kenny the racehorse wanted to make sure he starred in the photo's as well. 


He is such a handsome fellow.


I'm thrilled with this little quilt and need to think about how I will quilt it. I will bind it using a black of some sort probably.


Have you made any wonky star quilts? xo

40 comments:

Tarnyia said...

Good to see you back and hoping your shoulder keeps well... the grey background is just to die for... luv the quilt xxx

Claire - Matching Pegs said...

I'm feeling the wonk!

I'm making another wonky star quilt at the moment featuring my Koala fabric - they are just so much fun to make, and very versatile.

Happy Quilting - once your shoulder is up to it.

Sarah said...

As you know I am a big fan of liberated quilt-making. I love your stars Cathy! They are fab!

Cardygirl said...

Just gorgeous Cathy! Glad you are mending!

Suz said...

Love the very unusual choice for background. It really works with your choice of star colours... can't wait to see how you quilt it.

Donna~~ said...

Too funny--I started a wonky star quilt just this week! Your background fabric is gorgeous and goes so nicely with all your other fabric choices! Hope your shoulder behaves itself so we can see more beautiful creations from you!

Quiltjane said...

It looks fabulous with the patterned background. The free form stars in the staggered setting are beautiful.

Nifty Quilts said...

Your background for these stars is brilliant! I love how the stars fade in and out, making them twinkle. Lovely!! Glad your shoulder is better. Do be careful with it.

Janet said...

I love wonky stars although I've only made a block not a gorgeous quilt like yours and Amy's. I love the retro fabrics and the inspired background. The photo shoots you do are great.
Watch that shoulder, mines starting to flare too, it puts a real damper on the sewing.

Maree: said...

Fabulous Quilt Lovely to hear from you...sorry to hear the old shoulder flare up again..Good to hear you are on the mend.
Take Care
xx

Kathie said...

actually I am working on two of them! they are fun to make and well not a lot of thinking needed!
glad your shoulder is feeling better, I totally understand went thru it again in Dec - myself.
luckily my DD was home and did a lot of cutting for me
and I was staying off the computer as much as possible
Kathie

elsy said...

really love that..especially with the patterned background...fab

Julia said...

I did make one a couple of years ago...love it!
I gave it to my DD...
Love your background fabric...very retro!
Look after your shoulder..
Julia

susis quilts said...

just fabulous ,cathie,have a nice day ,susi

Shocking Hocking said...

wow - very striking - glad to hear you're on the mend

Oops-Lah said...

I already admired your new quilt over at Pinterest. I have the Wonky Stars Quilt on my to do list also. I love your colour choices; you just have such a knack for fantastic combinations. Hope your shoulder is well on the way to complete healing.

alobsiger said...

Lovely! I love the background with your stars -- very zippy!

Jackie said...

Just fabulous! I love the wonky stars and have done some myself they are fun to make!

Nedra said...

You have been missed. Sorry to hear that shoulder continues to give you problems.
Nice job on the wonky stars.

Julierose said...

Glad your shoulder is mending; I, too have hand, shoulder issues since my rotary cuff injury--they do flare up even after rehab...aaargh!!
I luv your wonkey stars; I haven't made any yet, but would like to. That background really is great--
P.S. I wish my horsey lookd as good as Kenny Julierose

Dee said...

Another beautiful, bright and brilliant quilt from Down Under...wishing we had your sunshine.

I always love what you piece and quilt...you've such a good eye for color!

fiberchick said...

Welcome back... As ever, your latest quilt is lovely!

Isisjem said...

Love this quilt - it's inspired using patterned fabric where may would have reached for a solid.

Sheila said...

Glad you are feeling better.
BTW Love your retro star quilt!

Jenny said...

oh Cathy!! I can hardly stand it! i *LOVE* your background fabric choice. you never cease to inspire me ... immensely. this is huge!! just fabulous!

Miriam said...

Sorry to hear your shoulder has been painful again. I hope it stays well now, too.

Your starts look great on the background you chose.

I have never made anything wonky (not intentionally, anyway!! Lol)

Take care.

meli B said...

Inspired choice of background fabric. I haven't been to Phillip Island for a few years. Great place to visit.

Marit said...

Sorry about your shoulder! It sounds all to familiar, I'm afraid. I am trying to take a break from my english paper piecing - not easy as there is only a little bit left...
Lovely wonky stars, they even remind me of wild flowers blooming on the fun background. I love how different this block looks depending on color and fabric choices! I have two wonky star quilt tops waiting to be quilted. Have to make some quilting decisions, soon...
; )

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

great fabrics,lovely wonky stars, yep, made tons of wonky stars! Take care of that shoulder! hugs!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

The quilt is gorgeous! I love all those fabrics :)
I've yet to do wonky stars, I'm working on quilting a top that's my first attempt at stars, it went a bit wrong but that's ok!! I aspire to wonky perfection!

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

Yay, welcome back Cathy! Hope your shoulder starts to behave for you! Your wonky stars are gorgeous, what a great background fabric choice. I really do have to try and get out of my white background zone this year! I've booked into your Treehouse class - can't wait!

Woodland Woolens said...

Just found your blog via Pinterest! I'm in love with everything you touch!!! Your choice of colors are fantastic!!!

I'm a young mama/ crafter/homesteader/homeschooler/
sewing/knitting blogger that is getting the quilting bug!

I have three little boys under five and another one due very soon, so time is very rare, but these quilts I'm going to have to take a stab at!

Thanks for sharing your space on the net!

Blessings,
Samantha (Woodland Woolens)

Esther said...

Love your wonky star top.

Lisakc said...

This is an absolutely gorgeous quilt!

Kim said...

That is stunning, I love the way the fabrics work together.

Nanette Merrill said...

Far away and up close are 2 really different impressions for this quilt. I really do love it. It looks gray in the background from a distance with little flowers and then up close you see the texture in the feedsack repro. Bravo. Love it. Really amazing.

Nanci said...

Ok...love the fabrics, but wow! The quilt photos with the horse...Bliss!
I've taken quilts down to our dock, but never anywhere for a photo shoot. How clever you are!

imquilternity said...

Wonderful quilt top Cathy! The fabrics are wonderful and the wonky stars are so cute!

So sorry to hear about your shoulder. Take it easy...I know how log it takes to feel better. Unfortunately, just the smallest thing can set it off again (at least that's the way it is with mine).

Marie said...

I absolutely LOVE the colors and design of this quilt! Wonderful job! And the racehorse is so beautiful too! Sorry to hear about your shoulder...hope all is well now!

Teje said...

Hi Cathy! I have missed you and I'm so happy to see you and your adorable star quilt! I haven't made any wonky stars but now I would love to make this kind of quilt! I love those colours and the fabric you have used for the base is really great and unique! Usually we see solids around the stars.
Your photos are also fantastic with that adorable horse!
Best wishes! x Teje