Monday, January 30, 2017

Hartwell stars (stars in a time warp #2) finished!

At long last I finished my second Stars in a Time Warp quilt, from the many stars sewn along with Barbara Brackman's Civil War Quilts blog in 2015.  It was a great series and got me deep into my stash,





and into my local quilt store, The Quilted Crow, for fat quarters most weeks.







This is the first time I've ever sent out a quilt to a long arm quilter, and I couldn't be more pleased with the custom quilting Hannah did!





















While piecing it into rows, I reflected on the long history of our house, the Russell-Hartwell farmhouse.

Built before the Revolution, it stayed in the Hartwell family until the 1960's and after that, only three owners before us.  We are just the next stewards in the line.  Sometimes when I step outside at night and can see the stars, I think, so much has changed all around us since the house was built in the 1740's, and who knows the countless episodes of sunshine and shadow the house has held -- but there it is -- the night sky - the constant - the same stars and moon people have watched forever.

So, I named it Hartwell Stars.  Not sure how long the quilt will live in the house (we have it up for sale) but... it took two years to make and will always remind me of home.










My first Stars in a Time Warp quilt is this one.  I think I'm all starred out for now, but probably not for long!



x
Cynthia



12 comments:

  1. Wow, they are both gorgeous, Cynthia. And each is very different! I really like that diagonal setting -- strong but not overpowering. Great job!

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  2. Both quilts are wonderful, love the star blocks. They are so versatile and so classic, and fun!

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  3. Such a beautiful quilt and with such sentiment. As stewards of old houses, I believe we owe so much to the generations who lived there before us. Your debt is paid in full. It is stunning!

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  4. It is a wonderful quilt. Just lovely.

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  5. Wow, your setting for Hartwell Stars is really lovely. The quilt looks wonderful on the bed.

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  6. Such a beautiful finish and a fitting tribute to your house. Love it!

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  7. I love your setting fabrics! What a gorgeous and rich looking quilt!

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  8. What a wonderful finish. Your quilt is beautiful. Hugs

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  9. What rich history to go along with your beautiful starry quilt. Both quilts are gorgeous (I can't believe you made two!). It was a wonderful fabric study.

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  10. I have to get back to my followers stars now that I see your results.

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  11. Beautiful finish! Thanks for sharing the story about your house, too.

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