Today’s Treasure is a vintage Lone Star quilt top.
I would date it to 1900 or there about. It is well made and should be easy to quilt! Often this pattern is a chore to get quilted because it bulges out in the center….here is an example of another one in my collection that lost the battle of the bulge.
This is a rather extreme example of what can happen when you don’t keep accurate seam allowances when piecing. I will need to totally re-make this or do some drastic cutting to get it flat.
Fortunately this new one is ready to go! Here are some pictures (click to enlarge)
It might seem like I drive myself crazy with too many ideas going on in my head at once and too many quilts going all at once but I have long since decided that it is the only way I can work. If I get the urge to start something I need to do it or I wont be able to focus on anything!
With that in mind here is what I started last night.
My quilting friend Pepper Corey sent me some thread to try out. It is Presencia 40 weight thread (website here http://www.presenciaamerica.com/ ) and while it is not labeled as hand quilting thread it does the job. It is different from the other hand quilting threads in that it does not have a glace finish so I find that using a thread conditioner like thread heaven (the little blue box in the picture) makes it work for me. It is available in a lot of colors and hand quilting thread is not easy to find in more than just a few colors. I will be buying more and I think it will also be perfect for hand piecing…it is a good strong thread.
I used the blue thread to test because a contrasting thread color really shows the stitches. The real coincidence is that Just a few days ago I was at my local quilt store, Country Stitches, and purchased a stencil. I thought it was beautiful but didn’t know what I would do with it. But I had to buy it!
I read the label after I had this started this and it was designed by none other than Pepper Corey! small world we quilters live in!
The stencil is called Elizabeth’s Star and it is #PCW 147 Ask for it at your favorite quilt store.
This is in an 18″ hoop and using a piece of fabric I had on hand, so shall we call it an 18″ whole cloth quilt? Eventually I will make it into a pillow. Now that I have played with the stencil and thread I plan to use them both in future quilting.
but for now back to work on some of the many already started projects