Friday, February 11, 2011

Linen-y Lone Star

Sigh. It's here.

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Somehow she knew. Good friends are like that. I've always wanted a Lone Star quilt but have never tackled one. I know there is an 'easy' method of strip piecing so you don't have to deal with all bias edges, but still. Tracey's piecing is perfect and I love it that she used a natural linen as the background.

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There is a huge contrast in texture here: the star is made of buttery soft Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks voile that just begs for you to pet it! And those points are all neatly contained in the (by comparison) rather coarse linen. Dreamy!!

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Just look at those colours...I hadn't seen many of these prints in real life yet and I can't believe the gorgeous intensity of the colours. I can see now why so many people are embracing the voile for quilts, both for colour saturation and the amazing hand.

Thank you so much Tracey for noticing I was reading about a lone star quilt in this book, for making me this gorgeous quilt from such special fabric and for being such wonderful, supportive friend!

Speaking of supportive, do you know about Tracey's endeavour Quilt Hope In? I am in awe of how she turned inspiration into action and set up a charitable Etsy shop where 100% of purchase prices go directly to support expectant mothers and children in Haiti. Do you have a quilt you'd like to donate? Looking to buy one? Visit the blog for all of the info!

16 comments:

Rachel said...

Oh Krista! This is so beautiful. What a lucky, lucky girl you are. I just love the juxtaposition of the soft voile against the linen. Gorgeous!

Michele Pacey said...

A very pretty lone star!

A charitable Etsy shop you say? What a truly inspiring idea... Hmmm... I'll have to think about that one...

Mary Ann said...

Oh my goodness...so beautiful.

Canadian Kristin said...

Oh wow! Krista, that is amazing. I am in awe of the colour choices and agree with you that the sophisticated star is set off perfectly by the rustic, rough linen background. Stunning!

Hmmm... Etsy... quilts...charity... going now!

Amy said...

It's very beautiful. What a nice swap you two had!

Heather said...

this is FABulous!!!!!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Really beautiful! The contrast makes it really special.

Lynne (Lily's Quilts) said...

I've decided not to swap with you any more. I can't compete with this!

Dianne said...

Stunning! Aren't you the luckiest sewist ever, you have such talented friends! The colours are so yummy and just like you she does excellent work.

Vivian said...

Oh Krista, what a wonderful gift! I love love love it. It has such a fun feel. Want to hear something funny, maybe a little bit serendipitous? Next friday I am taking a lone star quilt class...wanna go?
BTW, once a Yukoner always a Yukoner right? Hockey Day in Canada! Wahoo...see you should have been here this week, hockey, lone star class, +2C...what more could you ask for. Take care, have a great weekend.

badlandsquilts said...

Just gorgeous! I've been contemplating one too...looking at the Quiltsmart interfacing version. Love the background too!

dutch sisters said...

Oohh, what a stunning quilt! You are so lucky!

Coisas da Laura said...

Wow ! What a gorgeous quilt you got! Lucky girl!

traceyjay said...

shoot... isn't this just such a great post. :)

Thanks for the love... and I'm so glad you like it!

(I liked the coarse linen next to the voile too).

bearpaw said...

That is absolutely stunning! I just love the fabrics she has chosen I could stare at it forever!

Helen said...

Wow Krista!!! Its beautiful! Great swap. You must be getting a collection by now! A blog post about where they all are in your house?