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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Pop Star Finish

I'm so excited to share my finished Pop Star quilt with you.  I'm continuing to branch out in the free motion quilting department, and for the first time, I actually quilted three different motifs on the same quilt.  In the past, I've worried about everything looking too busy and just stuck with an allover design, but I'm so pleased with the way this one turned out.


The Kona Navy background just makes these colors sing, but unless you're looking at the quilt in person, it does make it more difficult to tell how it's quilted.


Though these are technically stars, I kind of thought of them as flowers when I decided on the quilting designs.  The main petals of each block are quilted with loops, which really add to the flower effect, and I decided on a very tight organic (read imperfect) grid for the center stars. The grid spacing is smaller than 1/4 inch.  Since I used the center star outline to travel from one area to another, I decided to embrace a "sketchy" outline on them.  It seemed easier than trying to perfectly travel over lines of stitching, which would have inevitably ended with gnashing of teeth.

The background is stippled with navy thread.  You know, because stippling is still my very favorite, and it seems I just can't help myself!  You can really see the quilting detail on the back of the quilt.


Since I've had some of you ask me with other quilts, I'll go ahead and let you know that there is no marking involved in any of these designs.  It's all done free-motion, including the outlines of the stars themselves.


The only fabric I had to purchase for this one was the navy, as well as the red and white backing fabric.  Everything else came right from my cabinet.  I even had these little yellow polkadots in my stash, and they are a perfect little pop of sunshine against the dark background.  I'm calling this quilt a win on all fronts!


14 comments:

  1. Great quilting pattern and wonderful quilting choices! This is a lovely quilt :-)

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  2. Fantastic finish and the quilting caught my eye!

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  3. Amazing job with the quilting! You go!!

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  4. Ooh you've got me inspired to try a navy background sometime soon! Beautifully done as always - great quilting with the different designs too.

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  5. absolutely, a win for sure. this is lovely. i love how the navy makes the flowers pop. and your quilting is wonderful

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  6. Oh my goodness, that is so strikingly pretty! Makes we want to run to my stash right this minute and begin a quilt from this pattern!

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  7. I right away thought of flowers when I looked at your spectacular quilt! The bold background with the lovely bright fabrics just make this quilt a winner in every aspect. Your free motion quilting is superb! Thank you for sharing and have a great day!

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  8. The quilting is fabulous! Also, I'm impressed with your basting skills - I love how that teal strip in the backing lines up perfectly with that row of stars/flowers.

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  9. Again, I love the navy background! Your quilting looks great! I love the crosshatch design in the flower centers. :) Sweet stuff and great pattern!

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  10. Wow, the stars really pop against the dark background! Beautiful quilting too!

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  11. I love the dark background�� And your quilting is beautiful

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  12. Congrats on a fabulous finish!

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  13. What a gorgeous quilt, Kelly. Your quilting is spot on, although I wouldn't want to be the one quilting those star grids. Love it!

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