Thursday, February 2, 2017

The First Finish of 2017

"Northwood Stars"
74 1/4" x 90"

I made this quilt from fabrics in my stash. The border fabric is from a Robert Kaufman line called Northwoods. There have been several variations released over the years. 

The blocks were made from a template set and book from Karen Montgomery.  I made the top in 2014 when this template set and book were the project featured at that year's September Breakfast Club meeting. So glad I had my blog to check the date.


The quilt design, "Big Sky," was my inspiration.

The book suggested a secondary star as an option with a color change in the background fabrics. As I recall it was very simple to make and went together very quickly.

A fun look at the backside. 
I discovered a quilting line that was overlooked and will fix that missed area in one of the stars.

Logan was such good boy for this photo. Often, as soon as I call him to get his attention for a photo, he starts running to me but this time he took a beat to see if I had further instructions.

Although the sun is finally high enough in the sky to shine on our house for a few hours a day, it is still just skimming the tops of the mountains so it is a challenge to get a great photo that shows the fabric colors.

I used two layers of Hobbs bleached cotton batting. I used Bottom Line thread in my bobbin, sticking with the same silver color for the entire quilt, even when I changed to darker thread colors. I find the double batting really alleviates the top and bottom threads from showing to the other side when I am quilting.

I plan to hang this in my bedroom for the heart of Alaska's winter months...but of course I have to wait until I share it at the February Breakfast Club meeting.


Sally said...

Just stunning, Debbie...and quite a simple block...I love when a simple block makes a quilt look so pretty!

SoCalGal said...

Beautiful quilt Debbie, but I have to say that Logan is the star of the picture.

CecileD said...

That's a beautiful finish Debbie ! Congratulations !

Stefanie said...

Way to go! I especially like the way that outer, what almost seems additional border strip of light lends to the design. It's not something seen that often, but it is so fitting with the tones and design in this quilt. I've been wanting to try double batting on a quilt, and your comment about the threads colors with the bobbin thread makes a great point.
Can't wait to see what the year brings, sew on.

Suz J said...

Beautiful quilt Debbie, and absolutely glorious quilting. I can just see the dog thinking... shall I step on it??? Oh, no... better not!