Glowing Lone Star Quilt

Monday, November 5, 2018

It's time to reveal another secret sewing quilt from earlier this year!

The Glowing Lone Star quilt is a pattern and kit available on Craftsy! I enjoyed writing the pattern and making the quilt top, but I REALLY loved adding the quilting!


Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy


The quilt starts with a bright assortment of Boundless Collage fabrics.


Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy
Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy

Strip piecing makes quick work of the quilt top!

Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy
Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy
Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy
Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy

This quilt was the number one reason I bought my longarm! It measures 92" square (queen bed sized), and I knew it would be too time-consuming and frustrating for me to quilt on my domestic.


Gammill quilting machine

I knew that custom quilting was the only way to do this quilt justice.

After loading it on the longarm with Warm & Natural batting, I jumped in head first to the unknown!

I started by quilting feathers in the outside border (the first time I've ever quilted feathers!). I used Aurifil 50wt thread #2784 Dark Navy.


Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy

Then I switched to Aurifil 50wt #5005 Bright Turquoise to quilt the inside border.


Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy

In the large background spaces, I really wanted to try graffiti quilting. Another completely new territory for me, but I knew it was what the quilt needed. I started by practicing with pencil and paper.


Graffiti quilting practice

Then I just dove in. My longarm was still just days old to me, so we had a bit of a learning curve. I overcame thread breakage and tension issues quickly though, and was extremely happy with the results!


Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy


Aurifil 50wt #2600 Dove was the perfect color for the background.


Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy

For the actual star, I quilted it using Dorie Hruska's one start one stop method. I used several colors of Aurifil 50wt thread for the star including Shining Green #5017, Light Jade #1148, and Dark Navy #2784.


Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy
Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy

Since I was (am!) a longarm newbie, I wasn't sure the "right" way to quilt such a large quilt with lots of thread color changes. I would quilt one section, then roll the quilt a bit to quilt another section. Once the sections using that color were finished, I'd switch colors and roll the quilt back and repeat.


Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy

I was worried that skipping around to different sections was going to cause puckers on the back, but it didn't!

Once quilted, I machine stitched the binding on.


Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy
Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy

I absolutely LOVE how this quilt turned out!!


Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy
Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy
Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy
Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy
Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy

I am so anxious to get the quilt back from Craftsy! I already know exactly where it will hang - on the wall behind my longarm!


Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy
Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy
Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy
Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy

Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy


And if you're wondering when I was making this quilt - right in the middle of packing our house to move! (The finished quilt is inside that Craftsy box second from the top!)




There was so much going on at one time! I didn't get a chance to take proper photos, so I'm glad Craftsy has some beautiful photos of it!

Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy
Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy
Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy
Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy



The Glowing Lone Star quilt kit is available on Craftsy. Please let me know if you make one! I would love to cheer you on as you make it!

Glowing Lone Star quilt by Slice of Pi Quilts for Craftsy






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19 comments:

  1. The fabric choices for this lone star are just perfect to make it glow.

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  2. WOW! I am absolutely in love with this quilt! I really, really, really want one! But I have the same problem you do. I only have a DSM to quilt with. :( The Lone Star is definitely on my bucket list but I'll probably have to make a smaller one. VERY INSPIRING!! And I am so impressed at how you just jumped in and started quilting on your longarm. You are gutsy!

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  3. What a beautiful quilt and the quilting is fantastic! I'm so glad you jumped in and went for it. :)

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  4. Wow, absolutely stunning. The fabrics are beautiful and truly make the star shine 🌟

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  5. It's so pretty, and the quilting just adds that extra sparkle!!

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  6. Your color choices are just perfect on this Lone Star! And the quilting takes it over the top to fantastic! :)

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  7. Beautiful colors, Laura! Your quilting is amazing!

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  8. Love the colors, love the quilting. This is a terrific quilt!

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  9. Laura, you just keep pulling these out of the bag!! Pregnant, packing, learning to quilt on a longarm, and making this beautiful quilt. I am so impressed with the quilting (first time feathers!!!) and the perfectly pieced top. I am so happy you will be able to hang this in your sewing room.

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  10. The quilt is clearly gorgeous but this story behind it, really makes it for me. I'm in the middle of moving twice myself this year and my daughter 3 times too, and other big events. Some people wonder how you/we/others can do that but the quilting is the mind saver. It's the therapy in amidst the storm. It's the beauty behind, and in, the boxes.
    Crackin' job, I hope loads of people buy the pattern and you can spur them on.

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  11. Congrats of everything about this quilt! I am blown away that you did all that quilting ... while being new to long arm quilting! You are so brave! You did a fantastic job and should be over the moon proud!

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  12. Beautiful glowing star - well done!!

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  13. Beautiful, Laura, your fabric choices are perfect and your quilting is spot on. Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday!

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  14. Love how this quilt glows outwards from the center. Your quilting sure doesn't look like a newbie's! Awesome job. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  15. I love this one, Laura! I can't believe that was your first time doing feathers and graffiti quilting - both look amazing. I hope you get it back soon :)

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  16. GOOD JOB! And congratulations on the long arm and the new house. Love the quilt and the quilting.

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  17. OH. MY. GOSH. You are a brand new long arm quilter and THIS is what your "beginner" quilting looks like?! I am feeling seriously inferior right now!! It's just stunning. I bought my long arm machine with a specific quilt in mind that I knew I could not handle on a domestic machine, too, but I'm still assembling that beast of a quilt top -- and still struggling along with the long arm learning curve. By the way, you did a fantastic job of color/value selection with this quilt. It's difficult to get such a successful ombre effect using all different fabrics versus using an ombre fabric, and you nailed it.

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  18. rock.star.quilt.

    it's so pretty, I'm so happy for you!

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