FO: The formerly disastrous wonky star quilt

March 12, 2010

…cleaned, backed, quilted, and bound! The lovely and talented Yahaira of bitter purl asked me about this quilt yesterday, and I felt inspired to post about it.

Fabrics: Art Gallery Revive and Kona solids (Snow and ?, ?, ?, and ?)

Backing: Teal sheet, self-bound (my favorite method)

Size: 65″ square

Quilting thread: Gutermann, peach

Started: Feb 2010

Finished: March 2010

Made while watching: LOST

Despite my serious issues with this quilt last month, I love it and I am so happy that people encouraged me to finish it. I planned to do a pieced back and sewed together 16 nine-patch blocks to do a wonky nine-patch back, but my motivation lagged because I had never been crazy about the top, and it seemed like a lot of misdirected effort. So I went to my local Bed Bath & Beyond, one of my least favorite stores (and not just because of the missing comma), and purchased a sateen sheet for the back. I went home, sprayed it with some Sulky, and began quilting.

I did develop some unsightly wrinkles along the back, and this was diagnosed by the two talented and lovely Lisas at the NEMQG meeting as improper basting (thank you, Lisa and Lisa)! Alas, my obsession with Sulky will have to come to an end as I reluctantly embrace a half-pin, half-Sulky method.

One of my favorite features of this quilt is the lone, green-centered star on the bottom right. I wasn’t sure how this would look, because I worry about symmetry, but I am so pleased with its placement.

The quilt itself was a relatively quick undertaking. I love Gwen Marston’s techniques and I live by her ethos. The book in which the wonky star pattern is featured, however, is sadly out of print.  But not to worry–there is a great tutorial at the Silly BooDilly. As a testament to the power of this quilt, I have already watched two movies under it, although my house was a toasty 74 degrees.

Dig into your stash and make your own wonky star! You’ll be glad you did.

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6 Responses to “FO: The formerly disastrous wonky star quilt”

  1. yahaira Says:

    I love it so much! and that green star is perfect!!
    yep, definitely need to make a star quilt…


  2. woohoo, you did great! so glad you finished this quilt. Gwen Marston’s Liberated Quiltmaking II has the directions for making this star as well as other fun liberated stuff.

  3. Ali Says:

    Monet I think the “Wonky Stars” quilt is simply the bomb!The wonkiness is what makes the quilt-it reminds us all that we are wonky stars in the quilt of life! As I go to the batcave to sew, I am awed that you have accomplished so much in 2 months and I have yet to finish a knitting tote I started 2 and a half years ago!!!! Love, Ali

  4. Maritza Says:

    You did such a beautiful job with this! I love it.

    P.S. – It was great meeting you at the NE Modern Quilt Guild. Hope to see you again soon.

  5. Em Says:

    I love the placement of the stars so randomlya and the colors are so fresh!!!!!!!!!!! I am working on a wonky star quilt giveaway right now, drop by my blog and enjoy!

  6. Em Says:

    I love this quilt and loved it the first time I saw it in the journey!!! I love wonky stars also and love that you encourage others!


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