Friday, September 11, 2020

Star Crossed--UFO

 


I'm super excited to share another UFO finish!  This little wall hanging is from a free pattern on the Juki website called Star Cross.  I've actually made this wall hanging two other times, but decided a few years ago to go brighter in fabrics and add a bigger border.  I think it was pieced around the end of 2017 and has sat waiting ever since.


I'm actually kind of glad I drug my feet on this one.  Three years ago, I don't think I would have been brave enough to play with scallop type quilting in borders.  I would have whined and said the math's too hard.

Joke is on me.  Sometimes you don't even have to use math!  Just consistency and registration lines.


For the quilting, I went with Aurifil #2135 Yellow for the yellow, white and center blue fabrics.  For the blue fabrics and scallops in the border I used Aurifil #2775 Steel Blue.  Aurifil #2784 Dark Navy provided the match stick quilting in the border.


For the ruler work, I used Natalia Bonner's 4-in-1 and mini 4-in-1 rulers and I am IN LOVE.  Instead of having 4 or 5 rulers to juggle as I moved from motif to motif, I only had two.  I didn't lose them and I wasn't stopping every few minutes to pick a ruler up that my quilt pushed off the table.  That in and of itself was a time saver.


Though kind of time consuming, you can tell from the picture above to the picture below how all those 1/4" match stick lines help those scallops subtly stand out.  

Adding the denser quilted lines in a darker color thread really allowed the scallop quilting to take a step forward, giving the border the illusion of dimension.  Never be afraid to experiment!


From a distance, you really can't see the quilting in the border.  So I guess the question is why go to all the trouble?  Answer, it provides that extra little ah factor as you approach the quilt.  That little thing you didn't expect to find.


And just for fun, I threw in a little flange binding to really frame this one.





Star Cross is the 4th UFO I have tackled this year.  Hopefully, it won't be my last!  Now I'm headed over to Cheeky Cognoscenti to join in on her Long Arm Learning linky party and check out all the other quilty eye candy!






11 comments:

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

looks great -a lot of fancy quilting on a small piece makes it worth the effort taken

Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl said...

The flange binding is a perfect frame and the quilting in the border is divine, Tish! I really love when a quilt has an impact from a distance and get even more interesting the closer you get. :)

piecefulwendy said...

I always enjoy seeing your finishes, Tish. Your quilting is amazing.

Michelle said...

Absolutely gorgeous! The quilting is totally awesome!

Michelle
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chrisknits said...

OMG I love it!!! I am storing that corner motif away in my brain for future reference!!!

Laura said...

You really persisted to learn so much on this quilt. What a wonderful finish!

Rebecca Grace said...

Tish, you did a FANTASTIC job on all of that ruler work, and I loved seeing your earlier versions of this quilt and how you've gotten braver about the designs you'll attempt over time. Congrats on knocking this UFO out of the park and thanks for linking up with Long Arm Learning!

Emily said...

Blue and yellow together are always so classic! I love your scallops in the corners, and the flange on this sets it off perfectly!

Vicki in MN said...

Good things can come from waiting! Love all of your quilting on this Tish.

Home Sewn By Us said...

OMG Tish! A closer look was well warranted. I don't know where to start gushing over this piece. The nice bright colors work so nicely together and your quilting! I've been watching Natalia use her rulers. I think I need to bite the bullet and just get the set. Your flange binding is just the fluffy icing on the cake! Ooh-la-la. Love every bit of this. ~smile~ Roseanne

Kathleen said...

This is gorgeous - you did such a terrific job quilting this piece and then the flange binding adds that little bit of zip. I am sure all that work will be seen very well - we photograph quilts further away then they are used. Congrats on your own UFO finish!

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