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Thread: My Most Confusing Quilt by Danmar

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    Super Member danmar's Avatar
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    I had this brillant idea one day to make my SIL a green quilt, since that's her favorite color, for Christmas. I decided to make it out of 8 Point Stars done in different colors of green.
    Thus began my most confusing quilt. I worked on it and made several 9" blocks and it looked great! Until... When it started to get big, it was too busy. So, I had another brillant idea! I'd make 6" 8 Point Stars (all the same) and put in as alternating blocks. Yeah! It looked great! Until.... When it started getting big, it was too busy too! There was just too much there!

    So, I started messing around with different layouts, trying to figure out what to do. The colors in these pictures is awful, except for the little 6" star. It's the material used for the lattice, cornerstones and border. It shows the real colors.

    I also had to decide on the background material. I loved the aqua, it looked really good in the 'true' colors. But, since the quilt was for my SIL and her favorite color is green, I went with the green. I finally got it all figured out and got the top made.
    It turned out beautiful. On Christmas, my SIL was so happy!
    She loves it. She deserves it. I also made her a little quilted bed pillow. By the way, the finished King size quilt is 110" x 110".

    Sorry this is so long and that there are soooo many pictures, and this isn't even all of them! I learned alot doing this quilt. One thing that I learned is that if you really want to do something, just keep trying and eventually you'll get it right. Just never give up.

    Green Star Confusion July 2009
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    Green Star Confusion Possible Layouts
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    More possible layouts
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    And What Color???? Aqua or Green???
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    6" Star with True Colors showing!!! :o)
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    January 2010 On Janet's Bed
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    Close Up
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    The Finished Top Nov. 16, 2009
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    I like the first of the possible layouts. The cornerstones tie it all together.

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    Beautiful quilt, pays to hang in there and keep going sometimes.

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    what did you do with the other star blocks?

    this turned out gorgeous. I have some of the same green fabric.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barbm
    what did you do with the other star blocks?

    this turned out gorgeous. I have some of the same green fabric.
    I still have them stuffed in a drawer with other left overs and WIP for someday. I love the different fabrics.

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    I like the finished product a lot!
    I'm with you on the first being too busy!
    I'm glad you hung in there and fixed it so she will like it.

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    I love green too, so it would fit perfectly here. You did a very nice job. 'Looks very well made. I know your SIL was pleased.

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    Beautiful quilt. It was fun to see your progress/decision pictures!!

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    That is stunning. I do not think busy at all in all the other pictures.

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    Love how you finished it!!

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    Beautiful!! Loved seeing your decision process.

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    Absolutely awesome!!!!!!! What is the name of the block you used in the final quilt. Your SIL is one lucky lady!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nursie76
    Absolutely awesome!!!!!!! What is the name of the block you used in the final quilt. Your SIL is one lucky lady!
    Thank you very much! The block I used in the final quilt is just an 8 Point Star, done in 6", then framed to make it a 9" block.
    You need the pattern, PM me. Again, thanks alot!
    Marilyn

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    Thank you everybody for the interest and compliments on my quilts. I appreciate it alot. It makes taking 100 pictures worth every minute.

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    The 8th picture down is an exciting blue/aqua that would have been an excellent looking quilt! You did a great job! It looks fantastic. The green is ok but the blue far more exciting to me with the aquas and tints mixed in! Love it! :D :D

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    They are all so beautifal. I love stars. :thumbup:

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    Quote Originally Posted by n2scraplvr
    The 8th picture down is an exciting blue/aqua that would have been an excellent looking quilt! You did a great job! It looks fantastic. The green is ok but the blue far more exciting to me with the aquas and tints mixed in! Love it! :D :D
    That was my favorite background too! It was sooo pretty. But since it wasn't for me and Janet likes green, I made it with the green. I told her at Christmas that I almost made it with the aqua and she said she was really glad that I went with the green. I guess I made the right decision, but the aqua..... :lol:

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    It's beautiful!
    You did a great job!

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    Wonderful quilt and I love your story, sometimes it takes numerous tries to get it just right and it sounds like you did

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    Absolutely a beautiful quilt. I love the green, and the way it all went together for you.

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    Oh wow that came out really pretty!!! She's gonna love it for sure. Way to press on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MamaBear61
    Wonderful quilt and I love your story, sometimes it takes numerous tries to get it just right and it sounds like you did
    Thank you! Yes, it was quite a job. I didn't know how to make the border like I wanted it, so I took it to my 'friends' to see if she could help me. I was told then that you can't make the quilt the way I wanted. I could either set the blocks 'on-point' OR I could use the sashing/lattice between them, but you don't do both. I had it laid out on the floor to show her how I wanted it to look when I was finished.

    I didn't understand why I couldn't do the quilt On-Point and with the lattice. Then I asked her how would be the best way to make those little squares for the border. She said she had no idea. I came on home. She wasn't much help bless her heart, but I appreciated her trying to help me.

    I still really liked the layout though, so decided I'd just make it the way I wanted anyways and I'd figure out how to make the little squares and get them in the border. It was funny because I brought home one of my friends quilt block books to check out, and guess what was in it!!???! The pattern for EXACTLY what I wanted!! It was just a row of squares, on-point, about 4" wide! I couldn't believe it! That border was meant to be.

    Here's a close up of the border squares that I used.

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    After all your work and confusion that quilt turned out great. Beautiful. I bet she loves it.

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    Marilyn I really enjoyed the story of this quilt. Love your determination girl! You go! You knew what you wanted after trying diff. settings and you made it work. Pays to not give up. This is a stunning quilt. Janet is a very lucky person to now have this awesome quilt. Thank You so much for the pics & story.

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    Love, love, love the quilt just as it is. Great decisions.

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