New Project: Starry Night Improvisational Cot Quilt

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Spotlight had a Scratch and Win card bundled in with their mailing recently. I scratched and I won.

My prize was a modest $5 gift voucher but it made me feel like a winner.

I had the card with me when I went to Spotlight to get a zipper for another project. The sale bin was on the way to the zipper section so I stopped to take a look. In it was a fat quarter batik bundle. The bundle was marked down from $24.95 (outrageous!) to $8 (totally acceptable.)

I took home a set of eight navy blue batiks. The eight became seven almost immediately.

navy blue at quarter batik bundle

Note the poor registration of the dotted fabric to the right

I culled one of the fat quarters straight after the pre-wash. It developed some red watermarks that make me think the colours weren’t stable. Between that and the really poor print quality on one of the other fabrics I was really glad I hadn’t paid full price. If I had, I would probably have marched right back to Spotlight and requested a refund by now.

The plan is to make a cot quilt. I’m going to use friendship stars and call the design Starry Night.

This will be designated an improvisational quilt. Here’s why:

  • I won’t be following a pattern.
  • If I run out of one fabric, I’ll pick another.
  • I have some sparkly thread that tones in wonderfully with the batik at the bottom of the pile in the photo.The sparkly thread will feature in the quilt, somehow.

Finally (and this is unrelated to being improvisational), it won’t be professionally quilted. I’m still suffering sticker shock after getting long-arming quote for the bento boxes. Without disclosong the full amount, let’s just say it was more than $100. Ouch!



9 responses to “New Project: Starry Night Improvisational Cot Quilt

  1. Yeah, long arm quilting by someone else can give you sticker shock. The quilting though can make a good quilt great, but I know what you mean.

    • As you can see from the photos in this blog, I have had great results from the long-arm specialist and I don’t think she even charges at the top of the scale. Yesterday I paid for the house quilt (looks great, photo coming soon) and got the quote on the bento box, so it was kind of a double whammy. I’m sure I’ll get over it. I must say though, if I didn’t have a job those kinds of fees just wouldn’t be an option.

  2. I’m glad that I’m not the only one that cringes at the price of longarm quilting. I would love to one day have my own longarm machine.

    • If you’re like me, you might also find you need a new house (or dedicated work room) to put it in. Then you might have to take in other people’s quilts to offset the cost of the long arm machine. Sounds like a slippery slope to me :-)

  3. I’m going to go out on a limb and say have a go at doing the quilting yourself. With your improvisational theme, any ‘mistakes’ you make will blend into the style of the quilt and you’ll be really satisfied with yourself when you get it done. The trick is do the structural (read hold everything in place) quilting, and then do the quilting to embellish (the fancy stuff) as separate steps. Give it a whirl on the machine you have.

    If I can do it so can you!

  4. Lovely batiks! I also love the name of your soon to be quilt.

    I can not bring myself to have my quilts professional long-arm quilted. As much as I love the outcome, just can not afford it.

    • One of our fellow quilting bloggers recommends a book called “Free Motion Quilting with Angela Waters: Choose and Use Quilting Designs on Modern Quilts.” Maybe it’s a title we should both put on our holiday wish lists.

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