Monday, July 25, 2011

Photo Shoot

While I had helpers and scenic backdrops available, I decided to go ahead and snap some pictures of my son's SuperStar quilt top.  
{The debate is still raging over sending it out to be quilted professionally or doing it myself....time is running out...a decision needs to be made soon!}

"How many family members does it take to hold up a quilt?" 
 I really wanted to showcase the Spanish Peaks in the background, but I wasn't sure how to do that without getting the quilt top dirty, so I just had my helpers spread out so that the quilt didn't touch the ground.

It was quite daughter gave up trying to one wanted to be seen in the picture.

I've been keeping this completed quilt top under wraps only because I love it so much, and I haven't found a picture that does it justice.  I still haven't, but it has to be shown sometime, right?  

I purposely used two different background fabrics, but the pictures make it look like a mistake.  That's part of the reason I am hesitating to quilt it myself.  I have this idea in my head of how the backgrounds will "flow" together once it is quilted, and I don't want to mess that up...there is so much background to this quilt, and I'm a novice quilter at best.  

The various sizes and random placement of the stars is also planned.  I didn't want the stars to "line up" in rows or columns.  It's harder to piece (at least for me) this way, but I really like the look.  I also wanted the stars to be wonky...but not too wonky....I'm afraid my family might begin to think I can't cut or sew straight ;-)

I had so much fun making this quilt with the different size stars and variety of fabrics, and most of all no set pattern I had to follow.   When I got tired of making stars (or when graduation was upon us), I played around with the layout which changed every time I had to move it from my design wall/floor or Max "helped".  My son is so sweet by continuing to tell me how "legit" his quilt is...and by being so patient while I work on it WAY past the deadline!

I did get permission before showing this one since people are visible ;-)  It's nice to have willing helpers for a change!!!  The quilt top is for an extra long twin bed as my son wants to take it with him to the dorm.  I'll keep you posted on the quilting drama..... the meantime, here are more pictures from our photo shoot that day.....

...and I have hundreds more where these came from!

Have an amazing day!!!!


  1. It looks great! I love the deck shot. Pretty flowers too!

  2. It is such a wonderful quilt top. It is like looking up at the night sky and seeing the stars scattered around. Doesn't it make your heart feel good to know he will go away to school sleeping under something you made him?

  3. I think its a perfect design for your son. You have done a wonderful job. Looking forward to seeing how you? quilt it.

  4. How wonderful, Rene'! I know how good it feels to make a quilt for your son as he goes off to college. Can't wait to see it quilted.

  5. Everytime I see this quilt top, I love it more and more. Like others, I can't wait to see the completed quilt!!

  6. I, too, am looking forward to seeing the finished quilt. You put so much love into each of your quilts.

  7. Looks like a fun adventure! Your quilt is really beautiful! Love seeing those gorgeous flowers too.

  8. Legit. Totally legit.

    LOVE it. Liberated background only makes it fly all the more freely. Love those hiding helpers in the photos,too. Hilarious cute. Once it is all quilted, you will totally have the perfect picture of this super fun quilt!

  9. They just don't understand what an important job quilt-holder is!

    And I LOVE the quilt - the random shape/color/placements are fabulous.

  10. Love it! The two background fabrics will work together beautifully when it's quilted, and I love the "random/carefully placed" stars!

    (And love your flowers and blue's raining AGAIN today!!)