Sunday, January 13, 2013

Super Star

Presenting the newly finished Super Star quilt! 
Ta Da...!

I made this quilt as part of Tonya Ricucci's Unruly Liberated Amish Challenge.
 This was the quilt I used as my inspiration.

And this is what I made. It's probably a bit more Gees Bend than Amish but that's fine with me. I love the way this quilt turned out. I did wonder about adding borders of some sort but in the end I felt it didn't need it.



I had lots of fun hand quilting big freehand wonky stitches in bright colours. 

The quilt is all lines and triangles, I had to add just one little circle.



The backing was up from a stack of fabrics that I didn't really like, I'd put them aside to get rid of them but then I was hunting around for backing when I saw them sitting there and I thought "why not?". They would have to be the oddest combo ever but miraculously I love them together on the back of this quilt, I really do!!




 Thanks to Tonya and the Unruly quilters for having this fun challenge! Check out the UnRuly Quilting blog for more wonky, liberated fun.


PS. The photos were taken at Hargraves Lookout, The Blue Mountains, Australia, over looking the Megalong Valley. What a view!!

55 comments:

Steffi´s Candy Quilts said...

Wow, what a cool quilt, and I LOVE your quilting. The pictures are fabulous, too. They could be from a book. Just beautiful.

Karen said...

Fantastic quilt!! I am very happy with Amish meets Gee's bend to describe the look. Love the hand stitching, too. Great setting for the photos. Such a wonderful collection of fabrics both front and back.

Suzee said...

Stars!!! I love the colors of this and the stitching is great.. love the one little circle =)
Beautiful photos of the Blue Mountains!!!

Marg said...

Wow it's fabulous Rachel. I love your interpretation of the Amish quilt. Your work is awesome and the photos are too.

Karen said...

Gloriously unruly burst of colours colliding. Why is it that your quilts always make me smile.
Happy 2013.

Chris said...

Wow Rachael it's stunning! You are such a dark horse. And I love phils feet in some of the pics.
Love it.

Kathie said...

Rachael I just love this! so fun I love the quilt you used for inspiration....oh my I can't believe I am going to say this but I love the backing it tells a story :)
thanks for sharing and yes glad you added a O
Kathie

Patchwork and Play said...

Fabulous!!! This is absolutely stunning Rachael! I loved that you gave your liberated star freedom by not putting a border around it! The colours, backing and quilting are just perfect!

Quiltbenaco said...


Stupendamente colorata, come tutte le tue creazioni!
Ciao

Heather said...

Another great quilt. The quilting looks perfect and that backing just makes me smile. I need to try piecing backs more often.

melissa said...

Wow Rachael, youve done it again! You never fail to amaze me with your wonderful quilts and I think the backing on this is perfect! Love it!! x

Katy Cameron said...

Cool, love both the design and the colours around the black

Barb said...

I'll say it is a SUPER STAR. I love it! the quilting is inspired and fun. The backing is awesome! Now I wish I hadn't given away some of my dog fabrics last year, lol.
What a beautiful photo shoot. You always treat us with something special.
Great quilt and great post Rachael
xx

Mary said...

Oh my gosh! Amazing! I love it Rachael! Perfectly perfect! It is just perfect....I don't know what else to say. Love the quilting, too!

Kelly said...

Stunning quilt Rachael! I love the quilting and the view, what a beautiful background for a gorgeous quilt!

✾Jamie Lee Cooley✾ said...

What a beautiful interpretation! The backing is so cool hw it worked out and I lve that little circle you quilted!

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

How about triple Ta-Da? Your quilt is a stunner - love the close-ups of the quilting and your photos are amazing too. Great setting.

Colette said...

So bold and juicy! I love the handstitching too. x

9patchnurse said...

Gorgeous! There is so much to look at and so much to notice. I love the circle that is hand quilted. You make me want to do some handquilting.

Vickie said...

Rachael, Your quilt is awesome! The pictures are great. In the last pic I thought "boy I hope a big gust of wind doesn't come along!"

Melinda said...

This is just so beautiful and inspired! And fearless! I love it!

Ann Marie said...

Sensational! I love the contrast of the black against the other strong colors, especially the red. Each corner has its own personality, and only one smaller star gives the quilt energy that the inspiration quilt doesn't have because of its symmetry.The back has that same kind of energy.

Melissa P said...

I'm speechless, Rachael! Well, almost. The quilt is amazing! My favorite detail is the quilting. Hard to pick one aspect though.

And the setting for your photo shoot is perfect. This quilt is bigger than life and deserves that spectacular view.

Awesome job!

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Utterly utterly fabulous! I agree with Mary it is perfect! Love all the shapes and colours and the quilting is so amazing - that little circle was a great touch :)

smazoochie said...

I'm staggered, RD! It's absolutely gorgeous!!!

regan said...

Another stunning quilt, Rachael! I love the big stitch quilting, and the little circle, and the back is awesome, too! This is so bold and fun!

Every time I see a great liberated quilt....I want to do it, too! But I'm not there, yet! I can do it with strings....but then I go back to my 'lined up seams, perfect points' mindset, and then they become just string blocks in a traditional quilt! Ugh! But I'm determined to get there one day! I just love this!

Quiltdivajulie said...

Just had to pop over from the UnRuly blog to see if you had additional photos - WOOT!!!

I think this quilt is truly awesome!

Kathy said...

Super Star... SUPER QUILT! Everyone has already said what I think. So I'll add a wolf whistle!

Nifty Quilts said...

Wow! Wow! Wow! Love the whole thing, variety of blacks used, the star in the corner, all the scrappy bits, the big stitching and the fun back. LOVE IT!!

Catherine said...

Wonderful. I love the way you turned things on their head and had a plainish star on a scrappy background instead of the other way round. It's fantastic.

Terry said...

The vote is in we all love it front back and it's a star. !!!!
Great Photo shoot!!

♥Duff said...

seriously gorgeous! You are amazingly talented!!

Shay said...

I just popped over from another blog where she did an oversized star too. Amazing coincidence.

Yours looks lovely . I just adore the idea of a huge star as a focus piece .

Leanne said...

Love, Love, Love it !!!! I'm inspired to do something like it.
I love that lookout. It's been a few years since we have been there. Might have to make another trip soon. L xo

Kirsten said...

Stunning quilt! Love the handstitched details and your photos are amazing too!

Deborah said...

Dittos to what everyone has said! You are an artist!! L.O.V.E. it!

Sewhappy said...

Oh Rachael I love this wilt and using up fabrics that you weren't keen on is great and interesting backing. I like hand quilting too : )

Sewhappy said...

That's quilt...gotta watch my fingers.

audrey said...

Your quilt is gorgeous--so striking and fun! I adore the stitching you did too. Isn't is amazing how the odd combo of fabric can suddenly be the 'perfect' thing? Congrats on a truly lovely finish.

Sharon said...

I think everyone has already said it so well, I'll just add that I LOVE this! I love your interpretation of the inspiration quilt. Yours has such vitality and interest. It really is SUPER! And gorgeous photo shoot too! Whoo hoo!!

Quiltjane said...

Love every bit of your improvised star. Great use of fabrics for the backing.

Quiltjane said...

Love every bit of your improvised star. Great use of fabrics for the backing.

Quiltjane said...

Love every bit of your improvised star. Great use of fabrics for the backing.

Heidi said...

it turned out so beautiful !
Wonderful quilt and scenery . Love the backing, too

Pinkadot Quilts said...

It's beautiful and I love the spin you put on it.....no borders needed!!!

Sasha said...

I just love how colorful your Super Star quilt is!! The backing turned out beautiful too. I'm so happy you found a use for your unloved fabric!! I have 3 yards of unloved just waiting to become a quilt back =D
WOW! Hargraves Lookout is gorgeous. I love all of your pictures. You quilt is absolutely stunning against all of the stone and mountains. I love this post =D

Di said...

What a fun and fabulous quilt, Rachael! Glad to see you showing off your beautiful "neighbourhood" too :-)No wonder you're so creative, with so much inspiration around you.

holly k said...

Love it!!! Looks so great in the locations you've photographed!!

Lynne Shandley said...

Suh-weet star quilt - really amazing. Bold, very liberated. And great views, of course - the Blue Mountains are fab!

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

OMG Rachael...this is super stunning...and I especially love the quilting! Congrats there on a Stunner!

Mandalin said...

fantabulous Rachael! really stunning!

Deb R said...

Love your hand quilting!!! Another great finish... I need some of those lol

Tonya Ricucci said...

love it love it love it. gorgeous quilt - you did a FABULOUS job. woohoo!

Karen said...

Fantastic quilt! You did a great interpretation and made it completely you. I use fabrics I wouldn't use on the front for my backings. It makes me feel thrifty.

Janine C said...

An amazing quilt and so glad you didn't add a border, this way the design explodes into the world as if it has no edges. Great colours too. While I appreciate the traditional patterns I love seeing original designs that break away from what has gone before. Well done.

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