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Cari-in-Oly

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The very first quilt I tried to make 10 years ago was a queen size Lone star with a turtle in the center. Nothing like jumping in with both feet lol. I bought an insane $$ amount of fabric, went home and jumped right in without any skills at all. You can guess what happened, right? I had no idea how to properly cut strips at a 45* angle, so when all was said and done it went in the trash. It didn't stop me from wanting to make that quilt, but I knew I had to get some skills under my belt first. I've made lots of quilts since then and even though I'll never be good enough to make show quality quilts I can sew a fairly straight seam now.[smile]

Over the years I thought about that turtle quilt once in a while, changed my mind about the colors I wanted to make it more than once, and then lost the pattern(or so I thought) 2 years ago.

A couple of weeks ago I was moving things around out in my shop, brought a couple of sewing room boxes in the house and holy sh*t! There it was, the pattern I thought was gone. (The designer retired or something and isn't selling any more so I couldn't get another one.) So after thinking about it real hard for a few days, I started pulling fabrics and cutting. Here's my strip sets all done -
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And here's the first few diamonds -
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Sorry for the blurry pics. I don't know what's up with my camera. The colors are off a little too. None are solid colors, the blues and green are tone on tones, the grey is a starred tone on tone, and the white is a pebbled white on white. I knew what colors I wanted to use and just grabbed them out of my stash on a whim. I love how it worked out.
S5030306.jpg  Now I'm stuck until Friday when the background fabric gets here. Yes, for you sports fans, it's the Seattle Seahawks colors. I have LOTS of Seahawks fabrics EXCEPT for the one fabric I need for the background. It's a discontinued color so I had to resort to Ebay to find it. These few days will give me time to think about what kind of borders I want to put on it.

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OMG!  When I read the first part of your desc., I had nightmare visions of what that finished quilt would look like.  Lonestar quilts are so cool, and someday I'm going to make one.  But, the thought of a turtle in the middle did not sound good.  Well, I swallowed those words after I saw your finished quilt.  That is pretty neat!  Side note:  Our little town by the lake home in N. Minn. has turtle races on Main Street every Wed. afternoon from Memorial Day through Labor Day.  It's a family fun themed afternoon that the business people have been putting on for many years.  They have nicknamed the town the Turtle Racing Capital of the World!  Enjoy your unique quilt.
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Oh, WOW! That is so very cool! And it does look as if all of your interim quilting practice has paid off. Nice job! Can't wait to see the finish.
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That's beautiful! 

I have a Lone Star on my bucket list too. One day... when I have time...
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Cari,

Amazing talent on this quilt- it's great you stuck with your idea even at a first failure.  Now you can really see how your skills have progressed over time.  I would love to have the talent to do something like.  A fantastic project and I look forward to seeing the finished result.
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A turtle, who woulda thought? I love it!! Can't wait to see the finished product!
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I love it!  The colors you chose are perfect.  It took me a while to see the turtle!  LOL.  Very clever Cari!
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Thanks everyone. I want to make clear though that this is not my design, I just chose the colors. The pattern is from Dianes Native American Star Quilts.
I got my background fabric today and the top (except for borders) should be finished tomorrow.

Cari

Oh and Mavis I had to laugh when I read about your turtle races. About 40 years ago now the hardware store my mom worked for used to sell the little hermit crabs(I have no idea why a hardware store would sell these critters lol) and they had hermit crab races every weekend during the summer. Our crabs never won but it was fun.

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So here it is with the background fabric added. I am over the moon happy with how it looks. And it lays flat! How did that happen ROFL! Now to think about borders. It's going to need at least 3 wide borders to fit a queen size bed, so I'm thinking a solid inner border, a pieced border, and then another solid border. What do you all think?

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The Seahawks called. They'd like you to do a Hare next time.

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Seriously though, persistence always pays off. Nicely done.
Hang onto that pattern.
Could be a high demand for it in Maryland.

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That looks great Cari!  I think that background fabric is perfect.
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I like it all. Idea of borders helps with size. Congratulations on having the courage
to pursue what you really wanted to make for yourself even though it took yrs.

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Thanks everyone again.
Jim, this quilt is a gift for my son so I made it this way for two reasons. My sons' totem is the turtle and living in WA of course we are life long Seahawk fans. Someone would have to cough up a LOT of money for me to make another one like this.

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My sons' totem is the turtle and living in WA of course we are life long Seahawk fans. Someone would have to cough up a LOT of money for me to make another one like this.


My Mom will root for the Seahawks. She likes the uniforms. She even rooted for them when they played her Steelers because she thinks the Pittsburgh coach should a been fired five years ago... lol.  

The University of Maryland are Terrapins (turtles) so I was serious about that. Would go over well there, just don't mention Penn State...

I like the quilt. I think it's very turtlesque to stay the course and get it done. That is very cool. The thing I honestly do not understand is the football. That variably inflated pigskin thing they toss about is not ball shaped at all. Closest form I can think of is maybe an egg... and the number of seconds they use their feet is like what? Perhaps 10 seconds a game - tops. So why would anyone ever call it football? Shouldn't they call it Handegg? Doesn't make a lick of sense, but what do I know. I was born in West Virginia, live in Pennsyltuckey, and I'm a lifelong Tottenham Hotspur fan. Like that makes any sense either. Coys!

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!!! :D
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Cool quilt.
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I read here all the time, but, usually have nothing to contribute, but, I love that quilt!   Son went to UW and lives in Puyallup and grandson just started there.  I made him a Seahawks fleece robe several years ago and now made him one out of UW fabric.  They are ardent Seahawks fans and now so are we (after the Saints of course since we lived in Louisiana for about 40 years)  The grandson had the hawk sculpted into his hair several years ago when they were in the Super Bowl.  Given the option, we rooted for the Seahawks not the Saints.   IMG_3201.jpg 
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I love your turtle quilt.  You know, Turtle Island is the name many Algonquian- and Iroquoian-speaking peoples mainly in the northeastern part of North America use to refer to our continent. In various Indigenous origin stories, the turtle is said to support the world, and is an icon of life itself.

Your turtle quilt is beyond at home here!
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I love your turtle quilt.  You know, Turtle Island is the name many Algonquian- and Iroquoian-speaking peoples mainly in the northeastern part of North America use to refer to our continent. In various Indigenous origin stories, the turtle is said to support the world, and is an icon of life itself.

Your turtle quilt is beyond at home here!


This perfectly explains why the name of the pattern is Turtle Island Star. Thank you!

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The top is finally finished. It's about 75"x88", way too big for my design wall. I managed to get it up for a pic with pins and tape lol.
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Awesome, Cari!
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I love the finished top!  The borders really brought it together.  ♥
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Those diamond borders really enhance your quilt.  It is beautiful.
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That's a great quilt, Cari.  Nicely done.
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Cari, what an awesome quilt.  You did a fantastic job.  Truly, it's positively stunning.
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Thanks! I am really proud of this one. Next up is getting my sewing room all cleaned up so I can get it on my frame. Scraps and messiness abound from this one lol.

Cari

BTW, I found out today that Diane's website is back up if anyone else is interested in making one of her star quilts. I have another in mind and I want to buy her book but probably won't get to it until next year.

http://www.starquiltpatterns.com/Web/2Patterns/Patterns1.html

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Cari, that quilt looks great in Seahawk fabrics. Nicely done!
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Cari, that is one huge and AMAZING Seahawks quilt!  You could auction it off for BIG BUCKS, lol...I once made little primitive snowmen of grunged muslin, put them on rustic 18" sticks and made Seahawk fabric stocking hats & mufflers for them.  The first gal to come through my craft booth bought every single one!  Made me wish I'd made a couple hundred, lol.  Seriously though, you're a very talented quilter and someone is going to be thrilled with their quilt!
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