“Starburst” Finished!

by Nicole

Remember this stacks of squares that waited so patiently while I worked on other quilts?

Look what they became!

I’m calling it, “Starburst!” I think it might be my new favorite. It’s hanging in my office and is a source of radiance against the white walls.

I was inspired to make this quilt after reading Gwen Marston’s book on Liberated Quiltmaking. With liberated quiltmaking, you take the focus off measurements and precision and focus instead on having fun making a quilt. If you haven’t tried it, you’re in for a treat if you give it a go!

I wanted to continue the liberation into the quilting. I opted for random straight lines. Here are a couple of close ups.

I find quilting random straight lines to be more challenging than regular straight line quilting. The challenge is in making sure the line doesn’t curve as you stitch the length of the quilt. It is also a challenge to make sure that the lines are evenly distributed across the quilt.

Here’s a close up of the back so you can better see the random lines.

It measures 45″ x 45″.

Now, for that little mini I’ve got brewing in my mind!

Linking up with Finish It Up Friday!

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meg March 2, 2012 - 12:56 pm

That is stunning! You'd have to smile every time you look at it! You do lovely work~ šŸ™‚

MB in MI March 2, 2012 - 12:59 pm

Superb! Also love the book by Gwen Marston–I think she'd love your quilt šŸ™‚

Emily March 2, 2012 - 1:12 pm

Lovely! I think it's neat how my eye either sees the 4 pointed stars, or the squares with 12 triangles and both patterns are interesting.

CityHouseStudio March 2, 2012 - 1:21 pm

Breathtaking! The colors are full of energy! I love it!
I really need to look at that book!

beth lehman March 2, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Good Glory! It's awesome!! The colors are fantastic and I love these blocks and what they become all together!! Reminds me of Krista's (Spotted Stone)quilt. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/spottedstonestudio/5915701041/in/photostream )

karen March 2, 2012 - 2:08 pm

Oh my, I simply can't stop looking at it, it's so beautiful!! Love ou work Nicole!!

Lisa Lisa March 2, 2012 - 2:10 pm

Wow. Wow. Wow. I love that! Absolutely beautiful!

Candace March 2, 2012 - 2:55 pm

Lovely, and also great to discover new to me blogs. I love the liberated concept, you explained it so well. I may have to try to get the book.

Sarah March 2, 2012 - 3:02 pm

That is amazing!!

Dree March 2, 2012 - 3:18 pm

Beautiful! And I love the random quilting. I find it very difficult too–for all the reasons you stated!

Carla March 2, 2012 - 3:41 pm

My boss would love this as she is nuts for orange : )

Emily {Creative Chicks} March 2, 2012 - 3:46 pm

This quilt is Soooo beautiful! My favorite find of the week, for sure!

heartsease54 March 2, 2012 - 3:55 pm

This is just gorgeous, makes me feel sunny & happy even through the computer!

Eileen March 2, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Wonderful! Love the quilting

Jennie March 2, 2012 - 4:47 pm

I need a quilt like that on my white walls – a stunner alright! Well done. Love the quilting too.

regan March 2, 2012 - 5:04 pm

I love this little quilt! Awesome!

Erin @ Why Not Sew? Quilts March 2, 2012 - 5:16 pm

it's beautiful!

Heather D. March 2, 2012 - 5:22 pm

Awesome awesome. I love that whole idea of things not needing to line up perfectly. Would take a lot of the stress out of the process for me!

Katy Cameron March 2, 2012 - 6:05 pm

Ooh, it looks absolutely fab, well done! I can imagine it would completely perk up the office wall too :o)

Vivian March 2, 2012 - 6:12 pm

Marvelous quilt! The fabrics you used really sparkle in this design. I can see how it brightens your room and your day!

Becky March 2, 2012 - 6:45 pm

Fantastic! I'm seeing a lot of orange on the web lately! It's not my favorite color, but quilts like yours makes it grow on me!

Heidi Staples March 2, 2012 - 7:48 pm

Nicole, this is beautiful. I absolutely love the pattern on the front and the random quilting lines.

Judi Creed March 2, 2012 - 8:20 pm

That is gorgeous! Love your bright colors.

Katherine March 2, 2012 - 8:30 pm

Gorgeous, Nicole. I'm in love with the design and the colours. Very inspiring!

Michelle March 2, 2012 - 8:42 pm

I think I'm starting to really like orange — that is a gorgeous quilt!

Michele March 2, 2012 - 8:51 pm

Beautiful! Love the quilting!

Megan March 2, 2012 - 9:26 pm

What a perfect name for such a vibrant quilt! Really beautiful Nicole.

cakegirl March 2, 2012 - 9:46 pm

LOVE, LOVE, L O V E it!!! The design and the vibrant colors are perfect.

sukie March 2, 2012 - 10:55 pm

Love love love this!

Kati March 2, 2012 - 11:01 pm

Love this! The colors are perfect and I love the pattern. It's on my list to try someday.

Susie at ProsperityStuff March 3, 2012 - 12:48 am

Awesome! I like the fun random things going on in your quilt. Looks great! I love the starburst effect!

Rachel March 3, 2012 - 2:32 am

Wow! So stunning! Love it!

Mary March 3, 2012 - 4:49 am

OH! How beautiful! That would definitely cheer you up on a "blah" day.

Thanks for stopping by my blog and commenting.

ARTwendy ... March 3, 2012 - 5:39 am

gorgeous colour combo! thanks for sharing

Debbie March 3, 2012 - 6:23 am

oh, this is now MY favorite quilt too! šŸ˜‰ Awesome all around!

Shontelle March 3, 2012 - 10:19 am

What a stunning quilt. Who knew that orange and hot pink would be such a winner? You, obviously. Well done. Enjoy your weekend!

Alycia March 3, 2012 - 4:47 pm

WOW!! I love it! I love the bright colors and the design – and WOW!! Very good!

teedee March 3, 2012 - 6:06 pm

This is a truly vibrant quilt. Love it. The 60s Elsa Schiaparelli hot pink and orange is fabulous. Thanks for sharing it.

Paige March 4, 2012 - 2:53 am

Oh wow! That is stunning. I love orange and this is just perfect. http://www.paperstarfish.prettyposies.com

Joy March 4, 2012 - 7:44 am

Oh it truly is beautiful! The Colorado are amazing.

Christine L March 4, 2012 - 4:06 pm

Beautiful!! Love the bursting of fabric!!

Kim March 5, 2012 - 2:20 am

Oh I recognize some of the "terrain" line of fabric in there. You did a great job on this quilt….it is very lively and bright.

Happy Sewing

wannabequilter.com March 5, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Gorgeous! The colors are fantastic!

Simone de Klerk March 6, 2012 - 8:44 am

Love your quilting style!!

Colette March 6, 2012 - 10:05 am

This is stunning – love those colours.

Jenny March 6, 2012 - 1:20 pm

How did I miss this one before? Beautiful! I love those colors!

amandajean March 7, 2012 - 5:29 pm

this is SO FANTASTIC! i love the bright colors. the stitching. the liberated blocks. it's all so so good!

thanks for linking up to finish it up Friday!

Tonya Ricucci March 14, 2012 - 1:33 pm

woohoo, fabulous! love your color choices. Gwen Marston rocks!

wish2stitch February 18, 2013 - 9:01 am

I love this 'Starburst' quilt! You just can't help but feel happy when you look at it.

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