Saturday, January 29, 2011

Midnight Stars Quilting and Jane Stickle Quilt


I wanted to post another photo of the original quilt so you could see the quilting. I did my first Midnight Stars the same way and am very happy with it. The quilting pattern is called hanging diamonds which you can see in the diagram below.  Because the horizontal lines make no rhyme or reason I started with the diagonal lines,  going through the center of the block, then next to the outside half square triangle, then between blocks (in the ditch) and continuing throughout the quilt.
Then I stitch horizontal through the center of my setting squares.Taking the measurements of how far apart the quilting was diagonally I measured and marked the same distance from my horizontal line on both sides not even looking at where the sewing lines went through the block.
A lot of you may not be able to do this but I think it gave my block a bit of old fashioned charm. Let me know if you need clarification.
I finished one whole side and a corner block of my Jane Stickle quilt. I actually enjoyed more than I thought I would. My photos are a bit washed out. There's not a lot to see anyway.

I decided it was easiest for me to stitch in the ditch down each side of the triangles, then do two sort of V shape quilting on the plain ones.

I'm taking each triangle as it is and just quilting whatever it calls for. I figure as long as it does the job of holding three layers together then I'm good!
It has been so much fun re-visiting the fabric variety. I cannot even remember what is under the folded and basted edge. Did I mark scallops?? LOL

23 comments:

  1. Every time I look at your Midnight Stars quilt... it just makes me more certain I want to make one using that block!

    Great job!

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  2. I like the hanging diamonds grid. Your DJ, did you belong to a group to stay motivated on the piecing? Did you hand piece the whole top? Just curious as there are so many DJ ufo's out there.

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  3. I love your Dear Jane quilt and the quilting looks awesome! I'l like to know your answers to Sharon's questions also.

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  4. Love your DJ - A labour of love without question.
    Thanks for the quilting tip on Midnight Stars and congratulations on winning Sew Creative's new book and fabric.

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  5. I've done hanging diamonds on other small quilts. It's a nice, old-fashioned quilting design! Your Jane quilt looks wonderful - it's a quilt I haven't done and don't plan to but it's certainly fun to see all the others.

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  6. I'm enjoying the fabric variety of your Dear Jane quilt as you show it. Thanks for showing the original again to see how it was quilted - I'm a little ways away from that stage yet - lol.

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  7. I like the way you quilted your midnight stars...I have decide after dithering around with options of how to set the blocks, that I need to make a little trip to the quilt shop and find some midnight blue fabric and set my blocks like yours!! I love your Jane...Dear Jane! I hope to get mine done...some day!

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  8. Hi Lori, I finished my Midnight Stars and love the way it came out - see pic on my blog. Hanging diamonds sounds good to me. I didn't know you were a Janiac! Me, too, although I stopped at 100 blocks. Yours looks fabulous.

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  9. I love it when a quilt looks all crinkled and old fashioned looking. Your DJ is looking great as well.

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  10. Hey Lori, Darlynn here, Randy and Bonnie's friend. Just read that you won big from Sew Unique Creations. Congratulation. See you in July!

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  11. I really enjoyed seeing how you planned out your quilting and let it just sort of work it self out with the Midnight Stars. Thanks for sharing the layout, too. Gosh Lori, I've been gleaning a lot from your blog lately!!! :) Much appreciation for your effort.

    Impressive to see Jane and read about the quilting there as well. Like where you said as long as it's "holding three layers together then I'm good." That's my kinda thought! Lordy bee, did you really mark scallops?

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  12. Hanging diamonds is my next to favorite quilting pattern because it's so easy and authentically vintage in nature. However, my favorite is Baptist Fan. Wish I new a way to sew the fan by machine rather than by hand.

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  13. Thanks for showing it again. I don't know when I will get to it, but I do want to hand quilt this one. I've never done hanging diamonds so it would be good for me to try.

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  14. The drawing of the quilting is very clear, I got it right away as with the writing I didn't catch it. So I am probably more a visual person then I thought I was!
    I really love the triangle quilting, I think it is more then enough for a Dear Jane quilt... wonder about the scallops too, keep us informed ;-)!

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  15. Thanks for the quilting diagram and for the pics. I'm still undecided on how I'll quilt mine.


    Your Dear Jane is fabulous! :)

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  16. Love your DJ Lori! It's fun for us to look at the fabrics, too! Very interesting quilting pattern. I may try it on my next small one.

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  17. I like the quilting grid. Maybe this will be my first hand quilting project, as soon as I get the top finished. First things first.
    Your blog always given food for thought and ways to keep busy!

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  18. I love all your little quilts and will oneday have to join you for a quilt along. Keep up the inspiration

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  19. It's so beautiful, Lori!! Love it! Love the quilting. I really like the diamonds!!

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  20. I love this idea for the quilting! I usually do dropped diamonds, but hanging are way cooler - I think I'll follow suit. Finished the top yesterday.
    Yea - working on Jane!

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  21. Your DJ - a true labor of love - I give you much credit for seeing this one through - it is not for the faint of heart!

    Congratulations on getting to the hand quilting!

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  22. I've always liked hanging diamonds (sort of in the same good, old-fashioned category as Baptist Fan), but for some reason I've never used it. I'm terribly behind on the quilt-a-long, but hopefully will have some time this weekend. I definitely want to try the hanging diamonds.

    Your Dear Jane is fabulous -- I am constantly amazed in every post at the amount of beautiful work you manage to create. You and Ann Champion!

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  23. great looking quilts! I am far behind my Midnight stars. But will try to keep up in the coming weeks. But February will also be a month with very little sewing time.
    Thank you for the directions and the quilting idea.

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