I'm entering my Moonlit Sky quilt into the Blogger Quilt Festival
this time around.
This quilt took me more than two years to finish making, not exactly unheard of in my quilting time warp.
It all started when I was taking a class at the Lowell Quilt Festival back in 2009. I had the Jacobian Arbor prints from Timeless Treasure that I had been hording for a while. (I didn't end up using the print at the bottom of the above photo.) I added some tone on tome fabrics to the mix and I had my fabrics set for the class with the queen of paper piecing, Carol Doak.
I made this block in the class and loved the block and fabrics that I made.
I continued to add to the top and loved it more and more. Those of you who spend a lot of time on a quilt know how sometimes you lose interest in it the more time you spend on it. Not this one. I loved it more and more.
Then I did what I do best, change the pattern. The quilt in the pattern called for solid square corners to the border. I couldn't have just a small square, so I made a mini mariners compass square that finished at 6.5" square.
I debated on if I wanted to extend the inner border or not. You guys confirmed my thought, extend it!
Then, this quilt sat for a while. I loved it too much to quilt it myself. I know my machine quilting limits, so I sent it to Judi from Green Fairy Quilts to make a masterpiece of it.
This is what I got back. A true masterpiece. I said I wanted swirls and stars and I got something amazing.
Then, because I couldn't just leave it alone, I added, oh, about 4,800 Swarovski crystals. No big deal.
After that it was binding and shipping it off to the Lowell Quilt Festival where it won first place in the Wall Quilt category. I never expected it to win anything, but it did!
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