This was made with the Stargazing pattern from the Modern Blocks book combined with wonky stars from the Silly BooDilly tutorial. The wide majority of the blocks were made by my Sew & Bee Happy international scrap bee, giving me a huge variety in the fabrics used. Thanks, ladies!
It's 6 ft square, so the perfect size for me to use on the couch watching a film.
Clarkson, of course, had to inspect it a bit. Never mind the fact he's been staring at it for 3 months now in the quilt room. Here on the line it's again interesting.
Some of you might notice your stars are missing. Please don't be concerned! I saved several that I really liked grouped together for the back of the quilt and/or matching pillows.
I was out shooting photos of Stargazing while these (not so little) fellas were out having dinner. They didn't seem all that impressed with my quilt top.
So here is the question I am wrestling with right now. Quilting. Not how it will be quilted as that was decided long ago. I want to quilt it with invisible thread using a wave pattern like Fiona used here and here. I think it would break up the straight lines nicely. What I am wondering is, will I do it or will I send it out to a pro? Here's my thinking:
** I have been jonesing for a finish for quite some time. I have not finished a quilt in ages as I've been focused on classes, smaller projects, bees and swaps. Is a "quick finish" what I need to be re-invigorated?
** I really do not like quilting at all. She does. Why do I "suffer" through that step?
** I have been saving up my pennies to send it out to a pro....so I have a little budget set aside.
** This has been rolling around in my head for months and it still seems like a good idea. Usually the bad ones are discarded by now.
** But if I send it out, is it still my quilt? Can I say I made it?
Have you guys sent a quilt out before? What were your feelings about it? Was it still yours when it returned? Or why have you not used a long arm quilter before? Any thoughts, guys?