The stars and bars design on this next Quilt of Valor was interesting and a wonderful way to use up scraps, but I had a moment of pause when I realized the bar of stars on the left side vertical panel was embroidered. I have not worked with this type of fabric on the longarm before.
Have you seen this embroidered star fabric in the stores? I have recently, and would not have thought of using it on a quilt as it is heavier than the standard quilting cotton, and the stars are heavily embroidered with a substantial thread build up.
I decided to use red thread as the majority of the top was red, plus the back was a red fabric with stars. I liked this backing print so much, I got some at the local fabric store for my patriotic quilt, more on that in a minute.
I was really apprehensive about quilting this one, would the hopping foot get caught in all that thread? As it turned out, it did fine.
The stitches looked fine too, the difference in weight between this fabric and the cottons didn’t have an effect on them.
I used the pantograph that appears as clouds called Halcyon from Willow Leaf.
The red thread looks great on the navy.
And it adds some interest to the plain white background fabric.
It lets the stars shine.
All done, the quilting provides a nice texture to the overall quilt.
Stars on bars, the asymmetrical design is really nice. One more close view of the stitching and piecing.
The Fat Quarter Shop Classic and Vintage quilt along is coming soon! It won’t be long now until I can show you. I did mine in patriotic colors, and quilted it with the same Halcyon pantograph. See the red star print? It was the perfect choice. Batting is Warm and Natural on both quilts.
I’ve got it bound now too, hand stitching is nice while watching football games. It was fun to do this classic and vintage design. The big reveal is scheduled for December 8th on the Fat Quarter Shop blog, Jolly Jabber.
More quilting coming up! I have a new block design that we are using in patriotic colors for our Sew Days. A few friends are coming over today to complete the quilt top we started last time with a wonderful lunch I’ll share soon. On Sunday, we’ll start a very fast quilt along using the block in Christmas colors for a table runner. It will finish in just three weeks. Then, on December 1st, Moda begins their Countdown to Christmas quilt, with a sampler of 6-inch blocks. Mine is called Candy Twist and will be on December 10th on the Bake Shop blog, and I’ll show it here too.
What are you working on now?