Presenting…Stars in Her Eyes for Nora!
It’s finished! And it is beautiful! Beeee-uuuuu-ti-ful! I call it “Stars in Her Eyes” because all 17 year olds should have stars in their eyes, right? Take a look!
Every quilt has a story, and of course this one does too. The story of this quilt started about 12 years ago when Nora started kindergarten! I started making a quilt that I never finished until last year, when I gave it to another precious kindergartener. (Read Jade’s Quilt). So it has been on my mind all these years that Nora never got her quilt.
Last winter I decided to finally rectify that. It all started with one star block that I had to make for the We Be Learning Bee. I fell in love with stars, and wanted to see how many different kinds I could make – and the idea for Stars in Her Eyes was born. I spent many happy hours looking at star blocks and choosing the ones I wanted to try.
The quilt went through many incarnations before it finally materialized in its final form. There were many agonizing decisions…to sash or not to sash. What colour to sash with? One time almost gave up and put it away.
But as soon as I decided to do that, inspiration struck and I came up with the perfect solution… alternate the big stars with 12″ 9-patches that have a small star in the center patch. It worked wonderfully! In fact, making this quilt reminded me a lot of the process I went through when I choreographed At Last. The quilt knew what it wanted; I only had to stop and listen.
The entire quilt is hand quilted in variegated thread.
It was overseen by my trusty stitch inspector:
It was properly tested and approved:
And because I am just so darned happy and proud, and because so many of my pictures happened to turn out pretty good, here are a few more!
11 Replies to “Nora’s Quilt”
Great story, great purpose, great quilt! Love the Orange Peel hand quilting and your quilt testers!
I actually thought of you as I created this week’s linky!! I always enjoy your hand quilting!! Thanks for rejuvenating this post at Tuesday Archives this week Nita!
I loved seeing it again too….as your handquilting always inspires me!
Lovely quilt, story and stitching! And you have my cat! Yes your cat looks like my cat Kanga! 🙂
Love this quilt. I love the fact that there are no sashing or border strips. It’s perfect!
Such a beautiful gift to give to someone special! Well done, Nita.
Absolutely beautiful! That blue, blue sky really showcases what a piece of artwork it is. Nora will treasure this forever 🙂
That is absolutely STUNNING, Nita! I love that it looks like a pattern and yet random at the same time, and I love the variety of colours. The simple multi-coloured start at the top right on the clothesline photos is my fav. What a beautiful job. I feel a wee bit misty reading about it. Nora will treasure this for sure! *hugs*
wow Nita that is just WOW!!