As I was quilting the golden oldie UFO string stars and thinking about the differences between my quilting tastes and skill set back when I pieced the string stars and now, the name for the quilt was born: Then & Now. The finished quilt measures approximately 74 by 90-inches and was made using templates in Gwen Marston's book Liberated String Quilts.
I set things up a bit too close to one of the skylights in the studio, so the natural lighting is a little uneven, but you get the idea.
Back Then, I struggled when putting together the star blocks–none of them were flat–and had problems matching the points/seams when sewing the blocks together. Now, I have been quilting twice as long as then. I would have used a different technique to assemble the blocks–thank you Jan Krentz–with a better result: flat stars and matched seams. I would have chosen different proportions for the borders and probably included an inner border to float the star blocks.
Then, I chose the stencils I used for the quilting design, but was afraid that my quilting wasn't up to the task. Now, it's easier for me to just go for it, even if my quilting still really isn't up to the task. I embraced the attitude that every quilt is practice for those that follow ... and I practiced a few things while I finished this quilt. I used the stencils for the border and the large square spaces, but winged it for the rest.
Celebrating this finish on these lists:
Can I get a Whoop whoop? on Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Crazy Mom Quilt's Finish it Up Friday
Fabric Frenzy Friday on Fort Worth Fabrics
Lizzie Lenard's Free Motion Mavericks
QuiltShopGals' Creative Goodness
Richard and Tanya's Link a Finish Friday
Mrs Sew & Sow's Scraptastic Tuesday for April