Reach for the Stars: Quilting Details

Would you like to see more pictures of Catch a Falling Star, my series sampler quilt based on Terri Krysan’s Reach for the Stars? Ah, I thought so.

Let’s start with a shot of the entire quilt (you’ll see close-ups of longarm quilter Loretta Orsborn’s beautiful work in subsequent photos):

whole quiltYou’re looking at it from the side because I couldn’t squeeze myself into the room in order to take a proper shot looking at the quilt from top to bottom.

Here’s the center medallion . . .

center medallion

. . . with a close-up of the free-motion feathers quilted in the black star points:

free motion feathers in center medallion
The 10 blocks sashed in black and the center of the medallion have one digitized motif and the four blocks sashed in green have a different one. Here is Block 2, sashed in black. . .

block 2, sashed in black
. . . and Block 10 sashed in green:

block 10, sashed in green
All of the quilting in the sashing strips is free-motion.

This is one of the side setting triangles:

setting triangle
Notice the design quilted in the hourglass blocks (there are four in the center medallion and one in each of the side setting triangles):

hourglass block

Loretta used the same motif in the border squares:

9-patch in border
She free-motion quilted feathers all around the outer border:

FM feathers in corner
The straight lines in part of the border give the eye some visual relief from all the quilted curves. Those straight lines are used in the interior of the quilt as well, tying the quilting elements together. You’ll see what I mean when you take another look at a side setting triangle:

setting triangle
And isn’t that vine motif graceful? Here it is in one inner corner:

green vine
Finally, here is a portion of the back of the quilt, where the black fabric allows you to see lots of quilting detail. You can also see the two focus fabrics I used for the fussy-cut images in each of the blocks on the front:

portion of back

Once Catch a Falling Star is bound, I’ll take proper full-length photos of both sides. The binding is attached, by the way, and I’m now gearing up to stitch it down by hand . . . all 378″ of it.




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13 Responses to Reach for the Stars: Quilting Details

  1. Deborah says:

    Dawn, it is magnificent! All your tireless work and the extraordinary quilting has made this quilt an heirloom! You must be so pleased.

  2. Virginia Hammon says:

    A beautiful heirloom! Brava!

  3. Linda N. says:

    Dawn, this quilt is absolutely stunning! Kudos! And I love how that 9-patch border bleeding into the light blue border turned out. You should be very proud.

  4. Linda dyer says:

    The quilting is so amazing! It enhances your piecing beautifully. Truly outstanding!!!

  5. Yvonne says:

    OMG – between the quilt itself and the quilting. It is just gorgeous……………… I’m speechless. LOL

    You should be a very very happy lady.

  6. Jennifer B says:

    Wow – just stunning! I love it all – the piecing, the quilting. Really inspires me to pull my blocks out and get them finished this year.

  7. Margaret says:

    This quilt is stellar! You had a good vision from the beginning, and all your hard work and struggles have paid off. Outstanding!

  8. Yes, the quilting is beautiful, but the quilter had a beautiful top to work with!

  9. Charlotte Quiroz says:


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  11. Sandy says:

    You are so amazing. Your work is impeccable and so is the quilting! Great job!

  12. Yvonne says:

    That quilt is just beautiful and so is the quilting. Beautifully done.

  13. benita says:

    Would anyone have the pattern for completing the setting triangles ans the outer border? I am missing a couple of the magazines and am unable to find the pattern anywhere .

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