26 Nov

Lone Mariner? Compass Star? Lone Compass? Mariner’s Star?

Lone Star stringy bits

I’m having a roller coaster-type relationship with this quilt. I loved the idea, but once I started cutting out stringy diamonds I thought it might be too busy and chaotic. Then I made more and arranged them (at friend Kathy’s suggestion) from dark to light, and, wow, I loved the quilt again!

Then came the realization that the diamonds were the wrong shape and would not sew together according to plan — hate. But my blog friends rallied together and came up with lots of solutions.

I was intrigued by Meg’s “Liberated Quilting” inspiration:

Gee's Bend via Gwen Marsten via commenter Meg

I even contemplated an El Lissitsky “Beat the Whites with a Red Wedge” -inspired composition (and patted myself on the back for not letting my art school education go completely to waste):

Beat the Blues with a Beige Wedge

In the end, it was Nadine‘s “Just add more fabric to make it fit” solution that was my favorite. I may even love my bastard child of a Lone Star and a Mariner’s Compass quilt more than the original idea.

Then yesterday I realized that I didn’t have enough challenge fabric for the  background. The irony was not lost on me that although I had guess-timated yardage and rounded up, thus figuring that I could give a half meter to Kathy so she could join the challenge, in the end I came up about a half meter short! Arghhhh. This only slowed me down a few hours. I decided that since the star was stringy and pieced, I could piece the background as well. But now, with the funky angles, I couldn’t force any wayward fabric back to a 45° or 90° shape. I could only do the best I could with freezer paper and a protractor. The background is all ripply. More frustration.

OK, deep breath. I ripped and pinned and adjusted so that the ripples that are left should be able to be quilted out. (No rulers will be allowed within 50 feet of the finished quilt.) I reminded myself that the ultimate purpose of this quilt is that it is to be used on our bed and proceeded to add a small border (more will come).

This aught to work just fine


22 thoughts on “Lone Mariner? Compass Star? Lone Compass? Mariner’s Star?

  1. you fixed it!
    in such a short time!
    you’re a witch (though more like glinda, not the other one *gg*)… now i’m even more in awe. it looks wonderful, just as if it wanted you to make and fix the mistake.

  2. I just love your quilt! I was
    so happy you were able to come up with a solution and finish this quilt
    It is just beautiful, can’t wait to see a full shot of the quilt
    browns and blues are just perfect together!

  3. WOW! Even better than the original idea! It has such a wonderful surprise in the middle, as wonderful as the anticipated price in a box of Cracker Jacks!!

  4. See, you really are an artist! Most of us non-artists would have disgarded the project altogether. Be sure to submit a photo of the finished quilt to the magazine that printed the erroneous directions! And, I’d like to suggest a title like “delicious lemonade” in honor of the phrase, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.” You make awesome lemonade! Congratulations! (It definitely looks like your crafty Saturday was quite a success.)

  5. Glad you’re back to loving it — ’cause if you weren’t, I can find a home for it! Your “fix” looks wonderful — and sometimes we do have to remind ourselves of how it is going to be used and loved!

  6. This is going to be spectacular and such an heirloom. I love the scrappy look and am happy that you signed off with “love”. I’m off to the post office!!!

  7. I just knew that you would find a solution! And such a good one as well! I love that “inner star”. Who will know that this wasn’t your original plan? I agree with your SIL: send a photo to the magazine when you’re done to show them what became of it. I can’t wait to see the finished quilt – it will be lovely!

  8. WOW!! and WOW again!!! It looks even better than I imagined it would when I suggested the “fix!” I’m so excited for you. It IS wonderful when it turns out better than it might have without the fix, isn’t it? And I think it IS better…much more you, maybe. Hurry up, I want to see the rest!

  9. Whew! And is that you sound asleep under the quilt top after expending all the effort and energy to make it work out? The quilt is beautiful.

  10. That is a stunning solution to your problem! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and enjoying your pictures and posts. I saw your works last year in the Bourgeois Pig in Heidelberg; my daughter told me about the exhibit, since I also do patchwork and quilting, so I made a point of visiting her at the right time to see it (and the European Quilt exhibition). I also saw your rooted house in Berlin at the Guild exhibit in June. Your machine quilting is wonderful; I have not yet acquired the skill to do it that well.

    Keep blogging – I look forward to your entries!

  11. I don’t care what you call it — I love it! I also love the postcard I received from you (your PIF) and am having fun getting my own gifties together to send out. Thank you for sharing your art with me!

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