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New Pictures of Mrs.Starlight, a Queen Size Quilt in Starlit Evening Pattern

Mrs.Starlight has been removed from her place of glory on the living room wall in preparation for my next living room decor redo.  The new quilt will be revealed soon - when I get the time.

We are currently preparing for our oldest son's homeschool graduation party and are super busy getting some house projects done.  I have repainted the guest bath in preparation for shower doors.  It has taken us nine years to complete this bathroom, but it is finally happening due to the number of guests arriving this coming weekend!  I'll do a bathroom reveal soon, too!

This week is food prep week.  We are having a dinner party with 60-135 guests. {Lots of RSVPs still out.}  All of this in the midst of driving to town three times a day for driver's ed and ballet for the last two weeks and the coming two weeks, also!  FYI, town is less than 10 miles each way, just so you know!  Life is busy and so good!  I am so grateful that my health is so much better that even taking on this much at one time is a possibility!

Back to Mrs.Starlight!  Here she is on a bed; a much different view than on a wall. She is delightful!

Mrs.Starlight Queen Size in Artful Home Fabrics
Mrs.Starlight is shown on a queen-sized waterbed which with its side rails is 8" wider and 8"longer than a queen-sized mattress.  She will have a longer overhang on a standard mattress and will have a pillow tuck at the top.  I could take a picture on my son's queen bed, but then I'd have to clean the room!  NOT!
Mrs.Starlight Queen Size in Artful Home Fabrics
All printed fabrics for the quilt top, backing, and binding are from the Artful Home line by Heather Mulder Peterson for Anka's Treasures.  The black is Kona Solid.
Mrs.Starlight Queen Size in Artful Home Fabrics
This complicated-looking pattern is broken down step-by-step in the excellent instructions given by Heather Peterson and is more doable than it might appear, but still not for beginners.  If you like to have several projects going at a time, you might consider this pattern.  It is a nice one to begin and then work on in stages. This is usually how I quilt because I easily get bored with the current fabric and pattern and want to start a new one.  My UFO pile is taking over my cutting table!
Mrs.Starlight Queen Size in Artful Home Fabrics
The red shown below is off-color; Mrs.Starlight's red is a deep, rich red, nothing pinkish about it.
Mrs.Starlight Queen Size in Artful Home Fabrics
I love striped bindings!
Mrs.Starlight Queen Size in Artful Home Fabrics
You can read my first post about Mrs.Starlight HERE.
Mrs.Starlight Queen Size in Artful Home Fabrics
Quilt Stats:
  • Pattern:  Starlit Evening by Anka's Treasures, found in this book.
  • Size:  85" x 105"
  • Fabric for the Top, Backing and Binding:  Artful Home by Heather Mulder Peterson for Henry Glass Fabrics, along with Kona Solid Black.
  • Batting:  80/20 Hobbs in black
  • Quilting:  Allover medium meandering in black thread on Mrs.Singer, my antique 31-15 mounted on a long-arm quilting frame.
  • Binding:  Double fold, attached by machine.
  • Value:  Heartwarming!


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Antique Quilt Project For a Friend

One of my dear old friends asked me to quilt a quilt her grandmother had made.  It is not known when she made it, but my friend is in her 80s, so this quilt would be at least 90 years old if her grandmother had made it when she was 50!  I was a bit nervous about quilting it because it is such a treasure, and it took me many months to get around to finishing it for her.
Antique Quilt
It had previously been hand tied, so I removed the ties, repaired the loose seams (it was completely hand-stitched), and quilted it on Mrs.Singer in an allover meandering pattern.  I did not remove the batting or backing before quilting it, but left the layers together, hoping they wouldn't shift too much when on the quilting rails, and this worked just fine.  I then bound it with reproduction fabrics in purples and pinks that I had on hand.  The quilt top has never been washed, and I did not wash it when it was finished, as I usually do, because I most certainly did not want to ruin it!!
Antique Quilt
She is super tickled with it and put it on her bed to use everyday!  How often we put old things away and don't use them because they are precious!  This quilt is being used and appreciated instead of being hidden away.
Antique Quilt
Quilt Stats:
  • Quilt Top:  Pattern unknown, stitched by hand.
  • Fabric:  The real deal, very old.
  • Batting:  Polyester, thick
  • Backing:  Solid pale purple, very old.
  • Quilting:  Allover meandering in white polyester thread on Mrs.Singer, my antique 31-15 which is mounted on a 12-foot quilting frame.
  • Binding:  Reproduction fabrics in purples and pinks, new
  • Value:  Irreplacable! 

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