A finish! Left A-Lone Star

I’ve not thought of a new name for this yet, despite intending to! Suggestions are welcomed.

Left A Lone Star by PennyDog

Light was a bit flat today so you can’t see the quilting that great, sadly I have morning gloomy light or nothing and it only gets worse now the days are getting shorter

The piecing was finished 15 months ago. This is a bit of an embarrassment for me as I like to get stuff done quick, but I stalled at how to quilt it, and even when I doodled and got a plan in place, I had lots of other stuff to finish first. Actually looking back to blog posts at that time, my log cabin quilt is about as old. Oops.

I think one of the issues is that it is not my own design. It is from American Patchwork and Quilting Magazine (Feb 14 issue I think)- it is the cover quilt in the same issue as the APQ Tone-it-Down quilt along.

It only took a few weeks to make the appliqué blocks from scraps and only a few months more to do the rest of the piecing and baste it. I even did the boring stitch in the ditch bits about a year ago!

But now it’s finished in a combination of feathers, some orange peel which I always enjoy, and some corset-lacing-esque quilting that was supposed to be like Denyse Schmidt’s figure of eights but nowhere near…DSCF9822


Matchstick quilting for textural contrast between straight line quilting marked on the top (with my enemy the Frixion pen) that would have been so much better had I discovered using rulers on domestic machines before I started (and fixed the problems detailed in my last post, which I am still working on)…


Yes the points are a bit iffy (I have improved over the last year or so) but I’m pretty proud of the quilting, despite it being nowhere near show quality. I still want a long arm though as I think I could get there eventually without the jerkiness of shoving the quilt through the machine! I’m not sure whether I enjoy piecing or quilting more, though I know a lot of people would prefer to just make the tops. I go through phases and I’m definitely in the enjoying quilting stage right now.




I then washed the quilt to get a bit more visible texture, especially after ironing out the Frixion pen marks (yes I know, I used it and I don’t endorse them normally, I don’t know what came over me). I’m thinking in future I may buck the trend and move to a good quality polyester wadding – such as Dream Puff – instead of the cotton blend to get even more texture in a controlled way that isn’t helped along by the first wash.

Honestly I think it looks great, even if it’s not easy to see on these photos.

Size – 62″ square
Number of blocks – Eight diamonds, four appliqué blocks and four setting triangles (not including borders)
Time to make– I think about 6-7 hours for the piecing, and about 12-14 hours for the quilting and everything else.
Fabric – All miscellaneous stash fabrics
Backing Fabric – Miscellaneous stash again!
Binding Fabric – Two prints from stash alternated to give an almost-scrappy effect
Threads – Coats Moon in off-white throughout, except for a couple of central star echoes which were done in a deep pink Mettler. I discovered through quilting this quilt that my machine likes piecing from a cone but not quilting. This discovery has been brilliant!
Batting – 80/20 Soft and Elegant- I think, it was a long time ago.
Quilting- Lots! Details above!

Do I sell it or keep it? I’m undecided. We are being very ruthless with our packing list but the time that went into quilting makes me feel like I need to hang onto it and look at it just a little longer.

Finally, a finish for this quarter from my Finish along list and I’ve made progress on almost all of them this time… onwards to the next one!


  1. Lorraine
    Posted September 8, 2015 at 12:28 pm | Permalink

    Hi penny
    Keep it. It’s too gorgeous to part with right now x

  2. Posted September 8, 2015 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    I was having similar thoughts on piecing versus quilting – I’ve had so many wips sit there as quilt tops that I have quite a few to quilt now!

  3. Lori Smanski
    Posted September 8, 2015 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    This is such a pretty quilt. Makes me think of A Garden Star.

  4. Tomomi McElwee
    Posted September 8, 2015 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    Now I am totally in quilting. I enjoy piecing if it’s complicated because I love solving puzzles, I think. Like your quilt, very pretty colour combination.

  5. Jen B
    Posted September 9, 2015 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    It looks great Kerry. If it was me I’d keep the name as it is or I’d forever be calling it the wrong thing.

  6. Posted September 9, 2015 at 7:25 pm | Permalink

    It’s lovely and do remember you are moving to a colder climate and you will need more quilts.

  7. Posted September 10, 2015 at 9:10 am | Permalink

    I think it looks great too!

  8. Posted September 10, 2015 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    It’s lovely – why not keep it until you absolutely have to decide what you’re taking? Or is that now?!

  9. Posted October 9, 2015 at 5:23 am | Permalink

    Good work on getting this longstanding WIP done – sometimes I think its harder if a quilt has been sitting for a while.

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