The Center Star quilt I started last November in Sisters was finally quilted. Tomme Fent did a wonderful job with the quilting, and now I'm hoping to finish in time for our guild's show in March. The quilt had been sitting around for a while. I struggled with the decision about how the quilting would be done. Sometimes these types of decisions seem overly important as a beginning quiltmaker, but this particular quilt drew inspiration from quilt history. Naturally, I wanted it to be a thoughtful tribute.
|Center Star quilt, c. 1815-1825 from New England was my main inspiration. |
This quilt is in the collection of the American Folk Art Museum in NYC
|The colors in my Center Star were heavily influenced by this quilt,|
c. 1810 from New England
|This wholecloth wool quilt, c. 1790 from New England, |
was also an inspiration.
|This Amish crib quilt, c. 1900 from Ohio, |
was also an inspiration
I like to think of my quilt as a deconstructed, 21st century version of the old school quilts. The piecework is quirky, and although the fabrics were purchased new for the quilt, it has a make-do spirit. Some might call it a "liberated" quilt, and in fact I started piecing it during a Liberated Medallion workshop with Gwen Marston in Sisters. I was the only guy in a room full of very talented women all very experienced in sewing, and I drew even more inspiration from what everyone else was doing.
So, now I'm thinking about how I'd like to finish my Center Star, and feel like I want to retain its odd shape. Tomme recommended blocking it, and I'll do that today. I'm considering a narrow applied binding in the light mustard/gold color. Depending on how long my remaining piece of fabric is, I may include some piecework in the binding. I noticed people using hair clips to hold their bindings in place when I was at the Columbia-Willamette Quilt Study Group retreat yesterday. That looked like a good idea, so I think I'll try it!