Friday, November 22, 2013

Star Keeper

I have been working on this quilt for a while now...pulling out it out now and again to piece, add my corner diamonds and do some straight line quilting. I finished up all the straight-line quilting last week and pulled out the fabric I had ordered for the binding. I had planned on the dark Chicopee Simple Plaid in lime on the bottom here...


And this is where the  dilemma began. I just wasn't really feeling the dark border anymore. I made the binding anyways and let it sit overnight before I began to sew. By morning I had decided that I really needed to try out the lighter Chicopee Voltage Dot in lime (which happens to be my all time favourite fabric, even mentioning it makes me want to head on over to Etsy and buy more...). So I made that one too. I held each up to the fabric and was all hmmmm, with no idea which one was the winner at all??!! This had never happened to me before. Usually I just hold up a few pieces of fabric and know which one I want. Now I had two fully made bindings and still no AHA!

So I took pictures, thinking I would post my dilemma here.


And you know what...the strangest thing happened. As soon as I was looking through the lens of my camera, I knew which one it had to be.

And I haven't looked back. This binding is perfect for this quirky, totally me - now my all-time-favourite quilt.



I began making this star quilt because I so enjoyed making this star quilt and felt like I just wanted more...I had no plan for gifting it or any idea what I might do with it when it was complete.

53' x 66' 
Then an opportunity came up for me to gift this quilt - and you know what, once it was finished - I just couldn't. I think because usually I make quilts especially for a certain person and I think of them while I make it. It seems to make it easier to give - as it was theirs from the start. I guess I secretly felt like this one was mine from the start. So a keeper it is!!!

I used the Ikea numbers fabric for the backing - you can see it peeking through in the sunlight.

We have been so lucky to have some beautiful sunny days this week and as you may know, I have a beautiful big old tree in my backyard, so with inspiration from this post of Martha's at Weekend Doings (isn't her photography just gorgeous! Not to mention that awesome quilt...) I had some fun photographing my quilt in the tree.


And I will leave you with this. The view from the top of the hill we live on. These mountains are called the 'Golden Ears' - very aptly named I think.

Hope you all had a wonderful week! Happy Friday. Linking up with 'Finish it up Friday' at Crazy Mom Quilts.


~Lisa


24 comments:

  1. I love your quilt and gorgeous view. Where do you live?

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  2. You were right about the binding! I agree, sometimes looking at a photo of my options helps me decide. You are right to keep this stunning quilt! Congratulations on this finish, it is a lovely one.

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  3. Lovely quilt! And I have never seen Golden Ears from that pov - stunning!

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  4. I have exactly the same dilemma giving away a quilt unless I've made it specifically for someone, I also use my camera to make decisions on colour/print - the right choice is often so obvious once you see it in 2D. I recognise some of the black and white fabric too - a little bit of NYC Line by Line - your quilt looks fantastic and I totally understand why you want to keep it :D

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  5. It turned out beautiful! Excellent job!

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  6. Definitely like your final binding choice...beautiful quilt!

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  7. Looks awesome. So glad you went with binding you did it looks great! What a gorgeous view!

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  8. Beautiful quilt and photos, I love the colors!

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  9. i totally understand why this is a favorite!! xo pam

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  10. What a glorious quilt....can understand completely why you can't part with this beauty!! The binding is perfect!! AND.....oh what an amazing view....seeing that majestic mountain, every day, in all kinds of weather....no wonder you stitch the most amazing quilts with that incredible vista for inspiration!!

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  11. i love your quilt, and your view-wow!! i know what you mean about thinking of the person you're making the quilt for-then there's no question about giving it away!

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  12. Totally the right choice for the bias tape! Love that view, you are so lucky!

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  13. This is gorgeous Lisa! I think you made the right choice for binding:) Especially love the low volume prints for the background...it adds so much more to the quilt than just white!

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  14. This is so beautiful!! I love this star pattern, I have another one planned soon. It just seems like you can't go wrong with stars :) Love your fabric choices!

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  15. I would have chosen the same binding, it's perfect. The quilt is stunning and your photos are beautiful.

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  16. I love the fabric you chose! I think it was the best choice you could have made. It really adds to the quilt, where as the contrast of the darker binding might have been a little distracting. Beautiful finish!

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  17. Wow Lisa this quilt is absolutely gorgeous. Great choice on the binding. The lime green really makes it come alive, simply stunning.
    I think the Chicopee is my favorite fabric line too.
    Beautiful photos!

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  18. It's beautiful Lisa! No wonder yo have chosen to keep it. The camera is good for helping one make decisions like this and I like you choice. Lovely fabrics all round.
    Your view is amazing.....

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  19. Love these pictures and what a fabulous quilt!

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  20. Wow! This quilt is exceptional! Just gorgeous. I could never part with it!

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  21. Squealing over the gorgeousness of this quilt. Such wonderful fabric choices, Lisa... and oh, that binding... it's just perfect. Yum, yum!

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  22. This quilt is awesome!!! I'd totally keep it too! I love the text prints you threw in there. And YOUR mountain view is amazing!!! I love that picture!

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  23. I love this one, particularly the text fabrics. Absolutely gorgeous. You are so talented!

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  24. I love this quilt! I am going to have to try those stars sometime. And I'm the same way about making quilts for people, they need to be theirs from the start or it may be hard to part with later! Found your blog through a comment you left on mine! New follower as well :)

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