Has this ever happened to you other quilters out there - you look at and stare at a quilt all day long... You come up with a general plan of how you want to quilt it, but you take a picture of the top in case you have an idea later and want to look at the quilt again... Then while looking at the picture, you notice a completely different secondary design you didn't notice before and change your whole plan...
Well, that's what happened to me with this quilt:
I came up with this framed dahlia design for the secondary diamond pattern. To carry the same idea through the quilt, I used the same motion to quilt the corners of the shoo fly blocks. To fill in the background of the shoo flies, I quilted in some loop-de-loos and some straight lines to work off of the corners of the phantom frames. (I hope this all makes sense, it's hard to label areas when it's all worked out in my brain. Sometimes I don't know if it translates so well. )
I'm happy to report that Bobette loved this quilt and said she thinks it's her favorite I've done for her so far. (that always makes me happy to hear) Granted, she actually kept this quilt, so that could sway her decision, but I love how the quilting came out and I'd love to work on one again.
I believe this pattern is a tutorial by the Missouri Star Quilt Company called the Big Star. It's interesting because I saw another picture of someone's version of this quilt and I noticed a completely different design because of the way that one was colored. It was darker more fall-type colors and there was a whole new secondary pattern that jumped out at me.
It just goes to prove that a new view and a new idea can be a wonderful thing!
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