Friday, 9 October 2009

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Starburst Revealed

Edit (August 2011): This quilt is currently for sale in my Etsy shop.

I have decided to reveal one of the quilts I've entered in the South Australian Quilt Guild's Festival of Quilts, which will be at the Craft and Quilt Fair from November 5-8. I finally joined the Guild last year, and this is one of my first entries. I had both entries valued last week, and was thrilled with the results.
Starburst came out of the Palm block. As shown here, I modified the original, which has 14 pieces, to make it much more complicated, and my version has 38 pieces!
I'd intended to make the quilt for a friend's baby, but the effort involved changed my ideas. Just removing the foundations from each and every block, with all the fiddly, narrow points, took about 25 minutes - yes each, and there are 16 of them. (Then I reasearched water soluble foundation sheets, and ordered in a large supply for 'next time'!) Each block is 9in (prior to the heavy quilting; they shrunk to about 8 5/8in) and the finished quilt is 50in square. The unit below is 4 blocks combined:
It took ages to quilt in the ditch around all the coloured parts - then even longer to do the Emmaing (McTavishing, see the link on the right for more information about this style of quilting) because I had my new machine on the 'wrong' FMQ setting, and the thread kept breaking.
I used almost entirely scraps for the brights, but did dip into my stash where I needed a certain colour for balance, especially for the larger pieces.
I stocked-up on lots of this gorgeous rainbow stripe, and it was perfect for part of the border.

Emmaing around all those points was awkward, but in the plain border is where it really sings.
This shows some of the quilting texture across the quilt:
And from the back:
Thanks for coming, especially those of you who are new to my blog. I'd love to hear from you, and will try to visit your blogs as well. Have a look around, I hope you'll be back! I've just gone through the long process of making the lists of my quilts on the right into links, so it should easy if you want to look at them.

Now pop over to Amy's blog and check out the other quilts in this Blogger's Quilt Festival. Be warned - it'll take a while!

I'll be having a giveaway here next weekend.

135 comments:

Eila said...

Wonderful colors, an incredibly beautiful work! You're really talented!

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Oh wow! I admire your perseverance, it sure paid off. A wonderful quilt, good luck in your quilt exhibition.

Rita

Gina said...

Love the quilt

Love and hugs Gina xxx

Bec Clarke said...

That is magnificent. You are so amazing I hope it wins a prize and even if it doesn't you should feel like a winner.

Leah said...

Emma, it's fabulous.

Mrs Moen said...

The colours are glorious and the quilt just fabulous!
While I'm obviously not as patient as you, it's evident that fundation piecing really does pay off with perfect points all over.
I'm so impressed that you have managed to keep the white so immaculate during all the quilting.

comfortstitching said...

Fantastic use of scraps!! the piecing and quilting is simply amazing. What an achievement!

Lesly (aka Shadrach Meshach and Abednego) said...

Simply beautiful. I'm itching to do paper piecing, but the picking off afterwards, especially for such intricate piecing like yours, is daunting. That water soluble stuff seems worth checking into! Good luck with your quilt exhibition!

Anne said...

Wow! Beautiful colors and design. It reminds me of birds of paradise.

Rhondi said...

WOW! I love it. The colors stand out so well against the white background and the quilting enhances it so much. Great quilt!
happy quilting, Rhondi

Quilts on Bastings said...

Beautiful quilt - I love a quilt where the quilting stands out!

Ela said...

Beautiful colors and design!

Heidi said...

That must have been daunting :) But your efforts paid off because the quilt is absolutely stunning!

SarahVee said...

Gorgeous quilt. I have not yet tried paper piecing. I love the colours. Best of luck in the exhibition.

Linda said...

This is a beautiful quilt, Emma! And that you used the Palm Block as inspiration, really captures my attention. I love how you worked out your version of it with the EQ version as a model. Very creative. Ahh, now you've given me yet another someday quilt. Best wishes for a big win at the quilt show.

Susan said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I've been noticing a lot of bright on white quilts lately...I think I need to try one with that color combo!

Jessica said...

Wow! That's spectacular!

dee said...

What patience you must have. This is fabulous! Love everything about it. The colors, the quilting, supercool.

BUMBLE BEANS said...

Loving your quilting! Gorgeous quilt!!! thanks for sharing, and glad to find your blog!

silversmith said...

how beautiful! i love looking at other people's paper-piecing work, as i just started my first attempts at it. 2 mini quilts so far, but i definitely will try more. your quilt is inspiring!

Marit said...

It is beautiful! Complements also from my hubby, spying it from his computer next to mine. Fantastic quilting, glorious colors. Good luck on the competition!!!

tirane93 said...

lovely and delicate all at once!

littlewoodbird said...

This is stunning - the colours stand out so much! Great!!

Kaye Prince said...

Wow, this is so intricate! Great job, and I don't blame you for keeping it for yourself at all!

QuiltyGoodness said...

This is gorgeous. I really love the colors.

Four O'Clock Quilt Company said...

Beautiful! Love the colors!

Kelli said...

Stunning!

Helen said...

Comments #28 Emma! Iill just ad to the chorus. Stunning! :)

grendelskin said...

Wow! It's fabulous! Thank you so much for sharing this work, I will have fun browsing here!

Tami @ Lemon Tree Tales said...

That rainbow striped fabric was perfect for the border! The colors are gorgeous and of course the quilting is perfect. Cheers!

Anne D said...

Wow that is gorgeous. It need pride of place on a wall!!!!

SaraRules said...

Love it! Such a bright fun quilt! and you did a spectacular job!

Pam Scoville said...

Wonderful quilt, love the bright colors

Lisa said...

Hello from the USA :-)
I just found your blog from the quilt festival and I love your quilt (and your patience!)
Lisa

MeganAnne said...

What an amazing quilt. I can only imagine the time and effort you put into this! I don't think I'll ever be this talented, but thanks for the inspiration.

Carol said...

Gorgeous. I would not have the patience to attempt that pattern. Well done.

Michelle said...

Wow! It's beautiful.

Uniquely Yours Creations said...

Just Beautiful! I just love
the colors! Thank you
for sharing.

sewhooked said...

It's absolutely stunning and I have to say YAY paper piecing!

stitchinpenny said...

Breathtaking! I love it and the colors are fantastic.

Serena said...

This quilt is just amazing!! Excellent work!!

Allie said...

Stunning!!!

Ariane said...

Wow!! This quilt is amazing. I love the colors. What a wonderful quilt.

Catherine said...

Stunning! Looks like a lot of work but so worth it.

Zonnah said...

I love the colors :)

kwiltmakr said...

That is scrumptious! Just love the colors in it.

mksumo said...

The quilt looks fabulous. It just looks so well balanced in design, colour and quilting. It will be a great addition to the quilt show.

tammiemarie said...

That is a gorgeous quilt! I love the binding, the stripes, the beautiful starbursts! fantastic job.

atbquilting said...

I love the colors. It is a beautiful quilt.

Stephanie (A Ditchin' Time Quilts) said...

This is a beautiful quilt, I love the colors and the hard work that it took to do this. Thanks to Park City Girl, we are finding inspiration from many others! Love your blog too! This quilt looks like it is quilted with a long arm, I WANT ONE!!! Thanks for sharing, Stephanie

Sara said...

Totally gorgeous! The colors blow me away...

taylorsoutback said...

Your quilt just dances! Wonderful visual effect - wishing you all the best at your Quilt Show!

Poppyprint said...

That is one gorgeous quilt and some kick-ass freemotion quilting!

Marianne said...

Wow! Gorgeous quilt and gorgeous quilting!

AJ said...

Lovely Emma...I look forward to the give away!

imquilternity said...

Absolutely incredible! Not only the complicated piecing but the stunning quilting! WOW!

Kami said...

Stunning. Beautiful. Incredible. Your workmanship is just lovely and your choice of color superb. Great job. I hope you get a prize at the quilt show.

mom said...

Emma, this is an incredible quilt! It's so beyond any quilting I do and is truly a work of art and heart. Thank you for sharing it with all of us!

Blessings,
Tammy ~@~

Leslie said...

this is absolutely stunning....you made such a beautiful piece of art!

Quiltluver said...

Absolutely beautiful, and your work is gorgeous. Your hard paid off. I have to admit that I've started quilts before the with intention of giving them away only to find that after all the hard work, it was too difficult!

Terri Stegmiller said...

Beautiful quilt!

Melody said...

i am in awe of your skills! Such a beautiful quilt!

Alyson said...

This is so beautiful, I love the bright colors!

quiltmom said...

Emma,
It is a stunning piece that you have created.
Quilts have a way of teaching us some lessons- they help us to become better quilters. I know that I have become a better problem solver and understand geometry more clearly since I began quilting.
I really enjoy paper piecing don't you?
Thanks for sharing and enjoy the festival.
Regards from western Canada.
Anna

You can find me at quiltmomsjourney.blogspot.com

Cara said...

WOW. That is one amazing looking quilt. I love the colours and the overall impact. It is very happy.

2miracles/Tove said...

Your quilt is my first looksee for the evening andI am proud to say you did not let me down in any way. That quilt ing beauitful. Good job. I would love to make a quilt like that but I dont have the patience.

nanann said...

Just wow! Awesome points and love your McTavishing.

Adding you to my google reader now...

bellsjo said...

This quilt is amazing - it is beautiful!

tooznie said...

Beautiful work. Love the colours, the design, everything!

Rashida Khanbhai said...

Love the quilt. Good luck with your entry.

nicolette said...

Thanks for your visit!

You quilt is absolutely stunningly beautiful!!!

sibylle said...

Emma, that is so stunning! You are very, very talented (and patient, lol)

The Pink Ganeshji said...

A lovely, challenging quilt! Good luck with your entries!

Rene' said...

All I can say is 'WOW'!!!!! Stunningly beautiful. Definitely not for a baby gift. Good luck in your exhibition.Thanks for sharing.

Priscilla said...

awesome work!
Kristina

Carrie P. said...

Great quilt for the festival. Thanks for sharing it.

W. Latane Barton said...

It may have been a pain to make but look at the results. It's gorgeous.

Tonya said...

This is really gorgeous. Good luck in the exhibition.

SewCalGal said...

Absolutely beautiful. Love it. Great colors, fabric, design & quilting. Inspirational. Now I want to try to make one.

I haven't heard of water soluable papers, so I'll try to investigate and give them a try. I do love paperpiecing. Love your design too!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

karenfae said...

really neat quilt! I love the colors - I hate paper piecing though :)
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Vivian said...

How proud you must be with this dramatic, lovely quilt. Good luck at the exhibition, and thanks for giving us a preview.

kameleonquilt said...

Beautiful colours, design, and quilting :-)

jodi @ Pleasant Home said...

Goodness Gracious! What a fabulous quilt. I would never have the patience to do something like this. Absolutely stunning. So glad you joined Quilt Festival. Happy to have found your blog. ooxx`jodi

tisme said...

That quilt is just wonderful!! And that is the only word I could spell to explain it. lol
I am so glad to have found your blog.

Melody said...

Very pretty!

sewpam63 said...

Your quilt is striking!!! The quilting is amazing! REALLY nice work!!! And, you're right, that striped border is just perfect!

ParisMaddy said...

LOVE your quilt with it's vibrant colours. I had no idea water soluble foundation papers were available. What a ton of time that would save from peeling off all of the regular paper from inside all of the tiny stitching. Thanks for sharing that tidbit.

Trisha said...

What a great entry for the festival! I can't believe how incredible this quilt is. The colors the quilting...

Amazing how much behind the scenes work went into this. Thanks for sharing that part of it. Makes me appreciate it all the more!

Amanda said...

The quilt is beautiful. I love the colors, design, and the quilting.

Cheryl Arkison said...

That's just gorgeous! I love how you decided not to pass it on for a baby quilt after the effort. So honest!

And you've reminded me to get back to some paper-piecing. It's been a while and I miss it.

Cindy said...

Wow - just Wow! I love the design, and how the expanse of white really makes the colors pop. Thanks for sharing this beauty!

highwaycottage said...

Wow !!! As usual, your work leaves me in awe. Absolutly stunning.

Linda Moran said...

Beautiful quilt!! I love bright colors, and the quilting really adds to the overall textures.

sallgood said...

I'm a new visitor- thanks for sharing such a work of art!

Renee said...

what a gorgeous quilt - I couldn't have given that one away either!

QuiltSue said...

Absolutely breathtaking quilt and quilting. Funnily enough I just yesterday printed off foundations for a table runner using that block.

Miri said...

Gorgeous and exquisite workmanship! You've inspired me to try McT'ing on my next quilt!

Zarina said...

That is one complex quilt. I have bookmarked your blog and saw the previous quilts are amazing - the choice of colors and the design itself.

paula, the quilter said...

What a splendid quilt! Thanks for sharing with us.

Diana Zamora said...

Love your quilt, thanks for sharing.
Diana Zamora
From Costa Rica

dhblack said...

Beautiful! Thanks for sharing!

Rose Marie said...

This quilt is absolutely stunning!
Great job!!

jlk said...

Amazing!

Carin said...

Your quilt is beautiful!

ANudge said...

An exceptional quilt! You are sure to win. Let us know the results.
Best!

Kieny The Dutchlady said...

Gorgeous quilt, stunning colors!

Jeanne said...

Awesome quilt!

Rebekah said...

this is absolutely gorgeous! I love the beautiful colors in this

ale balanzario said...

Beautiful quilt, love the color, great quilted work. :)

Jeannette said...

I don't know what it is, but I haven't seen a quilt out of Australia yet that I haven't been really impressed with. So full of light and movement.

Tracey said...

Gorgeous! Beautiful design and elegant choice of quilting. Hope it does well for you.

Sarah said...

This is an amazing quilt! It does look like a difficult pattern, but you did a fantastic job. Love the bright colors on the white background and the rainbow fabric for the border is perfect. Thanks for sharing your creative talents. ~ Sarah

Erin O. said...

What a gorgeous quilt! Thanks for sharing.

SisterlyLove said...

How lovely!!! I love all the white in this with the thin slivers of color. Gorgeous. Thanks for sharing!

Genevieve

Millie said...

This is awesome! Just stunningly gorgeus!

Amy - Park City Girl said...

This quilt is exactly why I was nervous to make a dqs quilt for you- it is stunning, and perfection! I love the colors and all those points - I'm curious to know how they do in the show next month. Thank you for sharing with us!

I hope you have bunches of new readers too :)

textilefiend said...

Beautiful, Emma! Perhaps you could shorten "Emmaing" to "emming"? - easier to say and sounds a bit quirky, too!

Marcia said...

I'm practically speechless! It's beautiful! Thanks for sharing such a wonderful piece of work.

Carolyn said...

That looks really beautiful! You did a wonderful job!

Suzanne said...

This is stunning!

Kelly said...

Ive been waiting for you to reveal this, and it was so so worth it!! Absolutely amazingingly Stunning!!!

MARIKA said...

Very beautiful quilt .good days
Greeting Marika

creativedawn said...

I always thought that colors appear better on a black background; your quilt proves me wrong...this is a wonderful quilt; the colors are beautiful against the white background, which shows off your beautiful quilting! Wish you all the luck for your quilt is a winner for sure!

Kalleigh Hathaway said...

I love it! I'm undertaking a quilt in a similar style for my nine-year-old son next, who chose the colors (a two-color quilt) and pattern from Carol Doak's 50 Paper Pieced Stars. I figured I'd do the paper removal in front of the TV but you have me considering the water-soluble variety now ... Thanks for sharing!

meguey said...

What a striking quilt. It just explodes with life, especially against the white background. I almost expect to hear music, it's so vibrant :)

Thearica said...

I bow to the paper-piecing pros! Great quilt!

Molly said...

This is simply stunning! Amazing work! :)

Sadie said...

wow! i can't believe how beautiful this quilt is.

Thistle Cove Farm said...

This is a beautiful quilt; you should be quite pleased.

Love 2 Quilt said...

Your work is beautiful. I love the quilt.

MARIKA said...

I like it the quilt very nice.
Marika

Bed Linens said...

This is gorgeous

AnnieO said...

Wonderful quilt, so much work and I hope you enjoyed every one of the hundreds of hours this must have taken you! It's a stunner. Thanks for sharing your quilt's story.

Shanna said...

What a gorgeous quilt!!! I love the quilting and the details are just amazing. Wonderful job!!

Casey said...

It's a very bright and cheerful quilt. Very vibrant colors.