Wednesday, February 8, 2012

UnRuly Star



A few weeks ago I had Tonya Ricucci's Liberated Amish challenge in the back of my mind as I cleaned out my scrap baskets. I made a pile of what I considered to be Amish colours, well.. the brighter Amish colours, I don't have many sombre darks in my stash. :)

I found this picture of a quilt and said " Oh my stars!!! I've found my inspiration!!".


And I liberated, wonkied, improvised and sewed my scraps together...

I made big stars and little stars...
And this is where I'm at now...
It's pretty busy for an Amish quilt, so I might have to ponder more about the Amish challenge and see if I can come up with another quilt. But as scrappy liberated star quilts go I'm really happy with it.

At the moment it's 50 x 60 inches. I'm not sure whether I'll add borders or just leave it as is. I don't want to go too much wider because I've got a wall space for it. Maybe a border along one side and the bottom? I did wonder about piecing the year along the bottom or the words "Happy Star".

Check out the wild and unruly fun over at UnRuly Quilting blog. Lots of clever quilters getting liberated and wonky and quite Unruly!! Or feel free to put aside your ruler and join in the fun!!



30 comments:

Sasha said...

Rachael!!!! Your star looks beautiful!! I love all of the colors. I don't think it's too busy at all! What if you pieced the year at the bottom and then embroidered Happy Star? No matter what you decide to do, I think it looks great just the way it is =D I'm off to check out the UnRuly Quilting blog....

Melissa P said...

Liberated--I'll say! I love it!! It's super energized. Another great idea executed beautifully. Well done!

Sujata Shah said...

Rachael!
That quilt looks amazing! Love the bright happy feeling it gives. A border on the top and bottom is my favorite way to go too.

Terry said...

Liberated ? I'll say it's a stunner Rachael. It has a bit of the Gees Bend feel about it.I think the strong center fitted into place and the strength of color. Love it

Nifty Quilts said...

It's fun to see your original inspiration and hear about your process. I love this quilt!!

Shay said...

It's beautiful. Not sombre enough to be strictly Amish perhaps but certainly very liberated.

I agree with Terry . It does have a Gees bend flair about it.

Marg said...

It's well and truly liberated! It's amazing and I love the bright colours. You come up with brilliant ideas.

Mary said...

Fabulous Rachael! You definitely captured the unruliness!!! I love it - and I love the idea of Happy Star. You could do both {happy star and the year}...one along the side and one along the bottom.

Mary said...

Fabulous Rachael! You definitely captured the unruliness!!! I love it - and I love the idea of Happy Star. You could do both {happy star and the year}...one along the side and one along the bottom.

♥Duff said...

Absolutely Fabulous! This just strikes a chord in my heart!

Linda said...

Absolutely brilliant! So bright, cheery and wonky. Makes me want to smile and HAVE it in my house! The colours are fabulous and the star centre to the big wonky star is just perfect.

Barb said...

love your star - it's too fun for words. I like how the pieces are all juxtaposed to each other in an interesting way that is really working together.
IT might make the Amish blush, as it's so unrestrained, lol.

Karen said...

Love it!! Your star is great. Fantastic use of all your pieces!!
The colours are wonderful together.

Karen 'n Chris said...

To me unruly means out of control. Your stars are definitely not out of control. They are so wonderfully you. Amish on a colour high. Love it to bits. Again you make me smile.

Donna~~ said...

Fantastic--definitely a more "modern Amish" but very nice!

Katy Cameron said...

Hmm, not sure it's strictly Amish, but I do love how it turned out with the nested stars and all

Leanne said...

LOVE IT !!!

Sewhappy said...

oh Rachael, I love your happy stars. I think you have done a great interpretation. I can't wait to see all of the different quilts and their inspiration.

Chris said...

Well done girl - looks great!

Patchwork and Play said...

Love it! I would love to see the quilt with a border on it! The idea of 'happy star' or maybe 'liberated!' would be fabulous!

Karen said...

Its fantastic Rachael! It will look fabulous hanging on a wall.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Fantastic Rachael...I love the colours you use!!!

Heather said...

This looks so fun and happy. Don't know if I am ready to be liberated yet!

Sew Surprising said...

That is just startastic, I think Id call it stella brillante, you are one super talented gal ;)

Pinkadot Quilts said...

You make the coolest things! I just love the wonkiness and I do think it says "amish" in a exzuberant and English way. You are so inspirational!

Victoria @ BUMBLE BEANS said...

Beautiful!!! fun! love the eye popping color!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

FUN! I'm working on a words quilt using her techniques. Are you feeling liberated?! x

smazoochie said...

I think it is very telling that you haven't any somber fabrics in your stash!
I love that you have that book -- it is one of my all-time favorites. And I love what you have made. A goal of mine is to make something on a large scale like several of your recent finishes. *You* are my inspiration!

SameliasMum said...

I think it looks fabulous. Visiting your blog is always such a source of joy and inspiration!

BTW - I've linked up with your blog today. I'm going to a Chris Jurd class and am super, super excited!

Tonya Ricucci said...

such a fabulous happy quilt! I think it's perfectly Liberated Amish! I'm voting for your name and or date and or city in the border!

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