Lonestar Quilt Complete!

I still have to turn the binding and hand stitch it down, but this morning I finished the ditch stitching, took it off the longarm and trimmed it, and fortunately the bias binding has been finished since before I loaded it on the longarm, so I was able to get it sewn on as well.

I’m so proud of myself for finally sucking it up and finishing. This has been a major struggle for me with just about any project I start since my son passed three years ago. Occasionally I get excited to start something, but lose interest. So YAY ME!

This one sat on the longarm for so long I was afraid I wouldn’t remember exactly how I did what. I had taken notes, but they’ve long since been lost.

This one was quilted with Quilter’s Dream 70/30 batting, Isacord thread on the top, and Superior Thread’s Bottom Line in the bobbin.

I was so motivated after I trimmed it, I would have loaded the Churn Dash that’s ready to be quilted if I’d had a backing ready, but I don’t, and I’m not sure I’m going to convince myself to make one anytime soon… but we’ll see!

This was not my original place for this lonestar, it was far more elaborate, but after I pieced the star I lost interest. I came up with the existing borders so I could complete it fairly quickly. It’s eighty six inches square, so not huge.

It’s too wet out to get any good photos. I usually hang my quilts on the fence and photograph them there.

CJ Tinkle

This Post Has 8 Comments

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you so much! It is such a relief to be done with it.

  1. Debbie Brander

    I love this quilt, it’s just beautiful! When I lost my son to cancer 12 years ago I didn’t sew or stitch for almost 18 months, I couldn’t focus, all I did was read books on “grief”. When a good friend finally convinced me to attend a quilting retreat I had actually forgotten how to thread my machine, I thought I’d lost my mind. I totally understand how you struggle to finish a project that was started before your loss.
    My hobbies bring me joy again, they are my therapy. I so enjoy following your blog, thank you for sharing your talents.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you for sharing that Debbie. I have made an effort to keep doing my various hobbies, but it is a struggle. I did attend one quilt retreat, but decided it was my last. My hobbies still make me happy, I just have a terribly difficult time finishing anything. Lack of focus I guess. Hugs to us both!

  2. Gwynette in NW Arkansas

    A perfectly lovely finish, CJ. I love red and white quilts. They make my heart sing!!

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you Gwynette! Those are the only color quilts I care to work with anymore. I’m sure that will change again someday 🙂

  3. KimS

    All in good time, right? You can’t force creativity. The quilt is beautiful! I think you will look back someday and see that you were on a healing journey. I think doing what you love when the spirit moves you is a great strategy. If some things don’t get finished, so be it!
    Is this hand guided quilting, or do you digitally plan your quilting? Whichever, it is spot on and makes the quilt.

    1. tinksquared

      Thank you so much Kim. This is all computerized, but planning might be a stretch. It was pretty much done on the fly.

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