Chained Islamic Stars

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While the previous quilt was just playing around, this quilt is the real thing. I’ve been involved with this quilt since I started quilting. I was so new! I made a lot of mistakes in my ambitiousness, and it took me about fourteen years to figure out how to get it right.

First, I designed it. I use graph paper when I am working out a design. I designed it and cut all the pieces. I pieced one and had a lot of trouble doing it. Then I moved to Saudi Arabia and all the pieces stayed in a box, which I would look through later as I moved again, to Germany, to Qatar and to Kuwait.

Upon my move back to Qatar, my angel friend who unpacked my quilt room because I was sick scolded me for all my unfinished projects and told me I had to finish them.

“Just make a list and do them,” she told me sternly, and every time I finish one, I think of her, and of her graciousness, her love of doing good for others.

So back the second time in Qatar, all my Qatar friends having zipped out for the summer, I pulled out the pieces and pieced the blocks. I was more experienced, more confidant, and the piecing went well. There were some problems, lots and lots of seam lines, like a pineapple quilt.

Several months ago . . . maybe a year ago (LOL) I made a back for it and sandwiched it. I still was at a loss as to how to quilt it, even after all these years. Finally, I said to myself “finished is better than perfect” and did diagonal lines. Then, taking a deep breath, I practiced some free form feathers on some practice battings, and then dove in. It went amazingly fast.

I did have to do a little picking out here and there, and re-doing. I’m still getting this feather-thing down, but I love feathers, and I love that once they are finished, most of the flaws disappear. After I washed the quilt and it shrank a little, the flaws were almost non-existentent.

So here is the irony. I love the quilt so much that I have re-graphed it in a more simple way and I think I will do it again in a bigger version. I guess I am just a glutton for punishment, but I love this pattern, complex fabrics, background so serene, so like Islamic tiles.

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4 thoughts on “Chained Islamic Stars

  1. This is truly magnificent and well worth the many years you needed to sew and quilt it. Congratulations ! Beautiful pattern, lovely choice of colours and fantastic quilting. A real artwork.
    I would love to see details of it.

  2. Love this quilt – has such a Moorish look about it. Your blog is so interesting – I’d like to suggest you consider limiting the number of posts that show upon opening your blog. With so many posts to download it takes so long many may just give up and move on to another blog – which would be a shame. Your quilts are beautiful!!

  3. worldquilter says:

    Isa, you are always so kind. Actually, I like this one so much that I re-worked the cutting and piecing, and I am going to do it again 🙂

  4. worldquilter says:

    Angie, thank you for your kind words and your suggestion. No one has ever mentioned any problem before with loading.

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