May 8, 2012

Mrs.Star Queen-Sized Quilt

Welcome to my living room!  This bright, happy quilt greets you with plenty of cheer!

I just completed this new quilt for my living room wall.  You can see a picture of the previous quilt that hung on this wall HERE.  What a change!  She is so happy and cheerful, and I love the way she livens the room!  She is made almost entirely from half-square triangles though the black blocks are simple squares.  

I have plans to change out everything in the room to coordinate in these delicious fabrics, switching from the primitive colors of Thimbleberries to these fun, bright colors!  HERE is a peek at the Patchwork Prism quilt I am making out of Annie's Farm Stand fabrics, and she'll soon grace another wall in my living room.  I have plans for throw quilts, six window valances, full-length sliding glass door curtains, toss pillows, table runners, and maybe more!

I have learned that floating the quilt top was the culprit causing my last two quilts to shrink so drastically, like 6 to 7" on a twin-sized quilt!  The tension on the top is needed to prevent the extra shrinkage, so I now gladly pin the top to a roller to prevent this.  If a quilt starts out as a full size and shrinks to a twin, it loses resale value.  Mrs.Star was 85" square before quilting and washing and only shrank 3" down to 82" square, perfectly within normal limits.  And NO, she won't be for sale any time soon, if ever!  

If you are interested in purchasing a quilt similar to this, please contact me; I'd love to make this striking quilt again in any size with any color combination!

Quilt Stats:
  • Name:  Mrs.Star
  • Pattern:  Sparkle Plenty by Loft Creations, purchased from Connecting Threads, enlarged from 48".
  • Fabric:  Black with tiny white polka dots from Connecting Threads.  All other fabrics are Annie's Farm Stand by Holly Holderman for Lakehouse Fabrics, purchased from Marie Madeline Studio and various Etsy shops.
  • Size:  82" x 82" after washing.
  • Backing:  Black with tiny white polka dots from Connecting Threads with a strip of half-square triangles down the center.
  • Binding:  Black with tiny white polka dots from Connecting Threads.  
  • Batting: Warm and Natural 80/20 cotton/poly.
  • Quilting:  All-over meandering stitch in black polyester thread on my 1896 Singer 31-15 industrial machine set up on a quilting frame.
  • Value:  Cheery!
P.S.  I plan to participate in Sew Mama Sew's Giveaway Day on May 21st.  I haven't decided what to give away yet, but become a follower, and you'll soon find out!  Would you like it to be a quilt or a fabric stack?

P.S.S.  The quilt rack shown above was custom-built in the USA by veterans at GWiz Wood Products.  It measures 85" long.

Linking to:
Fresh Poppy Design Reasons To Skip The Housework Skip To My Lou I MADE THIS Seven Alive Katie's Nesting Spot
Minutes for Me


Shontelle said...

Wow! That quilt is a stunner! I think I'd like being greeted by that too.

All the best,

Sue Daurio said...

I bet everyone smiles when they walk into your living room. Great quilt!

Emily Fay said...

It's beautiful and so cheerful! I love it!

Connie said...

What a beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing!
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Kirsten N said...

Such a gorgeous quilt - I have made a Sparkle Plenty too earlier this year:)

Wendy said...

WOW! That is just amazing!!

D @ The Shady Porch said...

Beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing. I shared it on my FB page tonight.

Jenilyn said...

Beautiful! I would love for you to link this up to "I Made This" at Grits & Giggles!

M-R said...

Gorgeous quilt! Congrats!

Sarah Craig said...

That is an amazing quilt!! It's definitely going on my bucket list.... Whoop whoop!!

Amanda said...

It's beautiful! I especially like how the grey background makes the colors pop!

amandajean said...

it's a beautiful quilt! i was glad that you had included the pattern information that you used. i was wondering if it was stephanie's pattern. it is so wonderful!!!

notes of sincerity said...

Oh my goodness!! :o)
What a beautiful quilt!

Terry said...

Wow, that is simply gorgeous. I love the fabrics that you used. Thanks for sharing at our party this week.

Marcia - Crafty Sewing and Quilting said...

Such a beautiful quilt! Thanks for sharing at Minutes for Me Linky Party!

Carrie P. said...

Your version of Stephanie's design is great. I made the same quilt but in muted fabrics. Well done!

bloomingpoppies said...

Just found this gorgeous creation through Pinterest and had to come check it out!! Amazing! I tend toward less traditional, ultra modern quilts- but this one caught my eye and I don't want to stop looking at it. I'm also not much of a pattern gal but, I may have to give in to give this a try. Such a beautiful job on this. I just love it!!!