Friday, July 27, 2012

Happy Now!

My star quilt is finally finished, and I'm much happier with the corners (picture heavy post)...


For those who missed it, I HAD finished this quilt back in June, but the corners I had chosen then made the whole quilt look like a fabric vomit!




So I unpicked those corners and started again. It has taken a while to do this because I have been using the EPP method (english paper piecing) to make this quilt, but it's done and I'm happy now! 


On that unpicking post back in June I had so many fabulous suggestions of how to make the corners look better, the majority of those were going with solids for the corners which is pretty much what I have done. I did throw a few patterned fabrics in there cause I couldn't help myself. 



Thank you so much for all those comments, I loved reading through them all. Anyway, I think the whole centre of the quilt is more balanced, and these new corners give it a good frame (click on pic to see more detail). 




I had some fun playing with the special effects in picasa and these really made the colours and corners stand out...I love the 'orotonish' button....



and the 'invert colours' button...




and the posterize button...




Ok, enough playing with the effects buttons.

This quilt was started way back here so its taken me almost 18 months to finish. I'm thinking I will need to handquilt this one, with perle 8 threads, though at this point I have no idea how! I will put it aside and ruminate that one for a while!


Now while I am typing this post, I notice I have 999 followers. Wow, when I first began this blog I didn't even know what a follower was! So as a way to thank all of my 'almost 1000' followers, I am going to have a giveaway here very soon. Keep an eye out for that. xo


48 comments:

pandchintz said...

Well done Cathy - looks great! Love the new corners. Quilting in circles sprang to mind........!

Sheila said...

since i have been lurking for some time i though =t i would become your 1.000 follower.

Love the quilt BTW

Quilts on Bastings said...

I love it Cathy - I am very impressed that you have finished this quilt twice. Each time I see your progress it does make me think I should get back to mine.
Cheers,
Karen

Patchwork and Play said...

Great finish Cathy! The new corners work so well to frame the starburst! I look forward to seeing this beauty quilted!

Jackie said...

Cathy, it is gorgeous! You were right to redo the corners. The new ones compliment it greatly!! I love it! Congrats on a great finish!

Oops-Lah said...

Your new corners did indeed improve the quilt (not that I didn't like your first version as well). I admire you for taking the time to rectify it since you weren't completely happy with it. Of course I love the photos as always. You are so good at that.

Paula Hensley Murphy said...

Perfect! The brown edge on the center just sets the corners off. Love, Love, Love it. Now you can sleep at night.....

Catherine said...

Oh yes this looks much nicer and really makes the centre stand out! It deserves some beautiful perle cotton hand quilting.

Lizzie said...

It looks amazing Cathy, love the solids ...!

Karin said...

gosh I love this quilt! I love it so much that I ordered the book when you were about half way finished with it. Funny thing, I ordered it on Amazon, and when it came, it was in GERMAN! LOL. Oh well, I don't really need to read it, just need the template/pattern, right?! :) And drool over the pics :)

Marie said...

Really beautiful, and worth the time and effort of getting the corners how you like them. I've watched your progress with this one over the months and can't believe how quickly you have pulled it together. Mine tend to 'steep' a little longer....:)

Ann Marie @ 16 Muddy Feet said...

I would echo quilt the stars. Starting in the center one, then skip the green filler blocks, then echo quilt the pink star ring and so on. Congrats on finishing this one to your liking.

Sujata Shah said...

Cathy,
Your quilt looks gorgeous! I admire your patience on picking out things that don't work. The solids with bits of prints work great in those corners.
Those buttons are fun to explore... Aren't they?
Have a great weekend!

Karen said...

Cathy, it is wonderful!!! Worth every minute of un-picking. Would love to see this one in person :).

Dee said...

Ahhh...what happiness when I see you have posted to your blog because I always know that whatever is coming...will never disappoint! Huzzah on finishing the quilt! It's amazing!

Shanna said...

Cathy, it's just amazing!!! I'm so glad you're happy with it, too...that makes a huge difference! I can't wait to see how you quilt it!

fiberchick said...

I love the new corners... Congrats on yet another stellar finish!

Jodi said...

Such a very pretty quilt!! Love the corners. And thanks for showing what you can do with Picasa. Nice way to get some color combo ideas!

Ailsa (Cape Pincushion) said...

It looks beautiful, what a work of art! Very joyful and sparkly! Well done!

Lisa said...

Great finish! The corners look fantastic. Can't wait to see how you quilt it.

Ann Michelle said...

I love it!
Your posts about unpicking these corners gave me the courage to unpicking and redo my projects. Usually I just push on because the idea of unpicking is daunting! :)

Donna~~ said...

Congrats on powering through to the great finish! It sure doesn't seem like 18 months! I look forward to seeing how you quilt it--that's always hard for me to decide (and often where I stop on a project)!

CathyK said...

Very pretty, Cathy!

Teje said...

Hi Cathy! That quilt became a real beauty! I Love the pattern and as always you are so talented with the colours! x Teje

Nifty Quilts said...

It's absolutely beautiful! Sometimes it takes a long while to get it just right. You are giving us a good example of the courage to redo when needed. Congratulations!!

ranette said...

It's amazing Cathy! Good job!
I can't wait to see the handquilting.
Congrats on the many followers....there's a reason for that :)

Coach Tina said...

This quilt is amazing! It can't possibly have taken 18 months-I have been watching that long and trying to get my courage up to make a quilt like this one! I love this quilt! Stunning, beautiful, awesome, wonderful-I cannot think of enough adjectives to describe this qilt!

heartsofhampshire said...

Well done- it looks great. I am still preparing to back and quilt mine! The original is handquilted in circles- I may give this a go but I can see me leaving it on the back burner for a while!!
heatherx

Michelle @ the quilted tortoise said...

oooooooh!!!! It's gorgeous!!! I can't believe how quick you were to redo those corners! I would have shoved it into a cupboard for at least a few months before I could face the unpicking. The hand quilting will be a perfect stick night project too :)

Cassandra said...

It's gorgeous!! I love seeing your quilt finishes.

Lurline said...

Beautiful finish - nicely framed, as you say - I bet you are so happy!
Big hugs - Lurline

Maree: said...

I've been following this quilt from day one loving every row...WooHoo Congratulations on your Finish it's Beautiful..
cheers

Deb said...

Cathy itlooks fabulous, and the main thing of course is that you have to be happy. Well done.

Cille said...

It is gorgeous.... Love how it turned out. It must have taken quite a bit of patience especially when you decided to unpick he corners, which turned out much better by the way.

Janet said...

Gorgeous finish Cathy and you did well with the corners. I love playing with Picassa too, it's come a long way. I see you have more than 1000 followers now, I'm not surprised.

Cardygirl said...

Looks fabulous...you must be thrilled!

YankeeQuilter said...

A really beautiful finish! I think all that work unpicking the corners was worth it!

LynCC said...

Wow!!!! What a huge improvement from such a subtle change. I really, really love the new effect. Really terrific photos of it, too. :)

meli B said...

I can't believe what a difference the plain fabrics made and how the circle stands out now with such a simple adjustment. The different camera filters are very cool. You could use them to make another one with a whole new set of colours.
999 - great numbers but you deserve it. You are always making the most beautiful things and giving all you followers ideas and inspiration. Congratulations.

Stephanie said...

Spectacular finish. You have such patience with your unpicking and resewing. It certainly paid off. The hand quilting will be amazing.

ms lottie said...

It's not that much different, but it makes so much difference! Well done you for having the courage to unpick and have another go.

diegoagogo said...

This looks fantastic! Isn't it interesting how the effect photos show the great contrast in the quilt??
Lush
London, UK

ktquilts said...

An amazing quilt! And yes, just looking at it makes me happy!

mtaylor944 said...

Woohooo! I'm 1001 follower. Lovely quilt top and can't wait to see if finished.

judith lockhart said...

What a wonderful quilt!! Just lovely and beautiful colors and fabrics!

roccagal said...

omg STUNNING!!!!
I am thrilled that the post had all these great great pics!
LOVE IT!!!!
thanks so much for sharing this!!!!!

Jessica said...

it's beautiful!

Michelle Huddleston said...

I think I'm in love with your color and fabric choices! Lovely!