I took a class from Marsha
McCloskey in April, 2005, when she came
here as part of our local quilt show. I'd already made the small
Feathered Star above, but I really love this pattern (it's based on the
Lemoyne Star, after all!), so I took the class. We worked on the
Radiant Feathered Star in class, learning how to draft our own
patterns, too. After I finished my block at home, I decided
make three more, two in reversed colors; but the fabric is too old and
isn't available, so now I have another small wall hanging! ;) This one
was machine pieced and machine quilted and measures 21" square.
This one has red machine-quilted feathered hearts in each of the
two-color squares, and there are cream feathered sprays in the border.
The star points are stitched in the ditch, and there is a LeMoyne Star
quilted in the center. I inserted a piping between the border and the
binding and finished the little quilt in May, 2005. Here's a photo of
the back, where you can see the quilting more easily.
I machine quilted this, using
silk thread -- yummy stuff! -- for the background. The feathered stars
are outlined for stability (also in the silk thread), and then accents
of gold metallic thread were added to emphasize the gold in the fabric.
I did a similar treatment in the borders, and the Lemoyne stars are
quilted with thread to coordinate with their colors. Here is
detail of the quilting, where you can see the "headband" pattern I used
all over the background:
Once again, I added corded
the borders and the binding; unfortunately, it doesn't show very well
on the busy stripe. I finished the quilt in December, 2006, and it
measures approximately 48" square.
I entered this quilt in our
local show in
March, 2007, and it won a blue ribbon! It's the first blue ribbon I've
had in the local show, so that's really exciting. :) Here's the quilt
at the show: