The lone star quilt is finished. It's so large that I decided to take pictures while it was still on the machine. You can see in this picture that it's pretty flat and evenly quilted.
The border got a curling feather design.
This is the center of the setting squares. I did meandering around the rose to make it show up better. The thread (stitching) is not what makes a design show up.... it's the negative space created by the thread that your eye sees.
The outside of edge of the squares also have a feather design to frame the rose.
The rose was done on the setting triangles too.
The corners of the setting triangles.
The other side of the setting triangles.
Now for the star points. Each individual diamond got a design in them.
There is a stop and start in each of the lined diamonds and from corner to corner design in the other diamonds. No stops and starts on each one of those.
I repeated the designs in the same colors going toward the center of the star. As you can see there is still some fullness but it's spread out fairly even throughout the quilt.
Another view so you can see how I worked in the extra fullness. Washing the quilt should take even more of the fullness. Washing takes out the sizing and the fabric relaxes.
We finally get to the center of the star.... the place where I had so much trouble before. I think it turned out rather nice.
The reason I did a larger more open design in the center is because heavy quilting draws up the quilt. This area was already too tight and heavy quilting would have made it worse. Loose open quilting next to heavier quilting gave this area a balance.
Here is a closer view of the center.
I had enough time to finish the binding so I called the owner to tell her it was finally finished. I thought she would be happy but it turns out that she really wanted her husband to see the quilt done before he passed away. It had been his mother's unfinished quilt not the woman's mother. The husband passed away last week. Need I say more?
Mental picture..... a dog that's cowering and slinking to a corner because the owner is scolding him. Now picture me..... I'm slinking to my guilty corner for a couple of days.