Quilting a Mystery Star

Longarm quilting is sometimes a true joy.  When you get a perfectly pieced top with a wide backing and quality batting to do, plus the machine behaves without thread breaks, it is fun to do.  I had to take a longer than usual time to get this one done, as I could only stand to do a couple of rows of pantograph, then had to sit and get my knee up again for an hour or so.  But, persevering over several days, it was done.

Star Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Folding up the bottom, it did not surprise me at all that her borders were perfect.  Carin is an outstanding piecer.  For those who haven’t seen this trick before, if you align the edged together on top of a horizontal surface, the folded edge at the bottom will be absolutely straight across.  If the borders are put on wrong, the center will bow up in the middle, indicating the edges are longer than the center. See my post Loading the Longarm for a good picture of one done incorrectly.

Star Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

Carin decided on a pantograph called Geisha, which is similar to a fan.

Star Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

The curves are a gentle counter to the sharper angles.

Star Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

She selected a sage green Glide for the top, and I used a matching color in Bottom Line in the bobbin.

Star Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I loved this design, and I knew you would want to know the quilt pattern.  It was a mystery quilt designed by Debbie Caffrey called Good Night, Sweetheart.

Star Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

All done, and turned right side up, the pantograph looks a lot like a Baptist fan.

Star Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

I gave it back to her for binding.  She’ll be using it on her bed.  She was pleased with the way it turned out, and so was I.  We had a lovely Japanese lunch on the day I gave it back to her.

Star Quilt at FromMyCarolinaHome.com

What are you working on today?

18 thoughts on “Quilting a Mystery Star

  1. Thanks for sharing the process. I always like to hear your thoughts for completing a project or any part. I have a sit down long arm so my process is a little different but I still like reading about your long arm. Who knows? Maybe one day I will win one of those APQS giveaways! LOL

  2. Beautiful quilt! Glad you were able to work on it. Frustrating to have to stop and start and rest in between, but you got it finished! Pretty pano! Keep resting that knee! HEAL !!!

  3. I’ve been away from my sewing room for the past week, so I need to do something today. Not sure what yet. I have a few QALs to catch up on, so I may do that. We’ll see.

  4. Linda W

    What a gorgeous quilt! I love your pantograph design, too. I also do hand-guided pantographs and wonder how parallel and smooth my lines would end up. You did a fabulous job!

  5. Hi Carole! Oh how I love this quilting pattern. It’s perfect for this gorgeous quilt. I’m so glad you are making progress with your knee. ~smile~ Roseanne

  6. Gwynette in NW Arkansas

    The quilt is lovely and your quilting is exquisite! How nice to receive a quilt you don’t have to “fiddle” with as you quilt it! Every time you show one of your finished quilts, I wish you were still quilting for customers.

  7. Joy B

    What a beautiful quilt! I like the curves of the quilting pattern in contrast to the sharp corners in the quilt. I’m sorry your knee still bothers you, but it looks like you are coping well.

  8. Brenda Ackerman

    Hello Carole, This is a lovely quilt and the quilting pattern that was chosen was a great choice and adds so much softness to the quilt. I am glad that you shared it with us. I bet that you are pleased that you can at least quilt for a short while as your knee continues to heal. Times with my Mom are just starting to settle down a tad bit. I am going over today and spending the day, one goal is to dust the living room. While at home, I have finished adding the border to the Scrap Dance Tango and am preparing the backing to get it ready for quilting. I will share pictures when I get it all finished. Have a fantastic day, Carole! Thank you for all of your patterns, tips, tutorials and posts through the years…I have had a blast with all of your patterns and have learned so much from you! Just want you to know.

  9. Sue H

    Beautiful quilt, beautiful quilt design, and beautiful job by the quilter! I’ve been working on the quilting of my Mosaics quilt (by Irene Blanck). It has to be finished off and bound by June 7th for my guild’s quilt show! Wish we lived closer — I think you would love the show and enjoy sharing tips with our Featured Quilter, Jane Hair of Country Junction long arm service. She’s fabulous too!

  10. That is a lovely combination of piecing and quilting. Glad to hear you can be up and around for a little bit anyway. I did summer studio stuff this morning, but did finish my last block for Grandmother’s bouquet, and learned how to knit with ruffle yarn. A long session in the garden this pm, so busy day!

  11. Melanie

    What a beautiful quilt, and a great quilting job by you, too. Love the color combination–what’s not to love when a quilt includes the color green? LOL It’s hard to slow down and take those necessary breaks, but so essential. Hope you’re not in too much pain, Carole!

  12. Sharon Vrooman

    What a lovely star block. Great fabric choice to showcase this beauty and the fan quilting design does soften it.

  13. dezertsuz

    A beautiful quilt pattern, and a lovely quilt in those colors and with your quilting. I didn’t realize how far I’d gotten behind this time. LOL

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