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February 5, 2019
Twilight Chic Week from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik and Studio 180 Design.

Welcome to Studio 180 Design’s “Twilight Chic Blog Hop”.  I have been lucky enough to make 4 quilts from Twilight Chic line of batiks by Island Batik for Deb Tucker.


For this challenge I chose to make a hunter star quilt from Deb Tucker’s book “Hidden Treasures” using the Rapid Fire Hunter Star Petite tool.  Hidden Treasures offers you 29 different lap size quilt patterns and 7 bed runner patterns for the hunter star.

The same pieces can make very different ...

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March 31, 2018
Vintage Quilts Inspiring New Creations from If These Threads Could Talk


The April challenge for the Island Batik Ambassador’s is to “Look Back” and get inspired!  Not a problem for me.  My inspiration stems from the Hunter Star quilt.  This quilt is on many quilter’s bucket lists.   The quilt shown below represents a traditional hunter star layout.img_5895

I love Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Hunter Star tools.  Once you learn the Rapid Fire Process you will be able to make any version of the Hunter Star Quilt.  I went to Deb Tucker’s new book “Hunter Star Royal Treasures” for my inspiration.  This book contains 40 different king & queen ...

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March 26, 2018
Multitasking.................... from Exuberant Color

I sewed on several things yesterday.  First I sewed neckbands on 12 extra small preemie gowns.  Then I gathered all of the half units of the Hunter Star off a design wall in the basement.

I sewed all of them together to make the quarter blocks.  I probably won't put them back up on a design wall until I get some more sewn.

Next I cut some of the newer Kaffe Fassett fabric into 3" strips to make more blocks for that quilt.

Here is the second one I made.  I only get one block and some 4 patches ...

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March 24, 2018
A busy morning............ from Exuberant Color

This is what I was doing from noon Thursday to noon yesterday.   A lot of fabric is on its way to the new owners.  If you didn't check out the pop-up shop, it is open for everyone now.  Click here to go to my website.  Pop-up shop is a link at the top to click on.
Later in the day a friend showed me a new layout for Hunter Star so I had to try it with my scrappy blocks.  I think this is the way I will make this one since I have a stack of squares already ...

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March 2, 2018
Hunter Star blocks............ from Exuberant Color

One of my friends who was here on Tuesday was working on her Hunter Star quilt so that inspired me to cut some more blocks from my batik scraps.

Here are some of the combinations.

I added them to the pieces I last showed in October 2017.  I will just keep making blocks now and then and eventually I'll have enough for a quilt.

My pale pink cactus is still blooming.  This plant always blooms more often than my others.  I could take the little marker out that says Pale Pink because I know the color of this one ...

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February 16, 2018
Classic & Vintage: Hunter Star from Fat Quarter Shop's Jolly Jabber

Happy Friday Quilters! We are back with another pattern in our Classic & Vintage series: Hunter’s Star! For those who are unfamiliar with our Classic & Vintage series, we focus on traditional quilt blocks and add a modern twist!

The Hunter’s Star Quilt is a classic pattern that is traditionally made with paper piecing. However we created a whole new method to make this block with ease! Kimberly made her Hunter’s Star quilt using Ombre Confetti Metallic by V & Co. for Moda Fabric. The traditional piecing of the quilt makes for gorgeous blocks and quilts of all sizes!

The ...

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January 13, 2018
Royal Treasures is here at last! from If These Threads Could Talk

After three long years of labor, Deb Tucker’s newest book, Hunter’s Star Royal Treasures, has finally arrived!


Royal Treasures is a follow up to Deb Tucker’s Hunter’s Star Hidden Treasures book.  After publishing Hidden Treasures, which focused exclusively on throw sized Hunter Star quilts, Deb began getting requests and questions about bigger, bed-sized projects.  Hunter’s Star Royal Treasures has over 40 brand new quilt designs, all made exclusively with Studio 180 Design’s Large Hunter’s Star Tool.


The quilts in Royal Treasures were created by Deb Tucker and dozens of Certified Instructors, including ME ...

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October 7, 2017
3 ways to make Hunter Star quilts......... from Exuberant Color

One way to do Hunter Star is in scrappy format with 8 different triangle sections making up each block.  I really like it and probably will continue making blocks like this.

Another way is to have all 8 of the triangles that make a star block of the same 2 fabrics.  This is the first Hunter Star quilt top that I made in 2015.

The third way was the layout of my most recent Hunter Star quilt top.  In this one the quarter square blocks are 2 triangles from the same fabric combination sewn together and placed diagonally across from ...

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October 6, 2017
Top sewn!!............... from Exuberant Color

Here it the sewn top.  I love the texture that the Australian fabrics have with all of their little dots.  It is close to 59” x 70” and all of the edges are bias so I ...

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October 4, 2017
And I chose.............. from Exuberant Color

I chose to sew the right side layout.  Thank you for all of the comments and votes yesterday.  24 chose the right side layout, 11 chose the left side (see yesterday's post if you don't know what I'm talking about!). 10 people like both sides equally well or were undecided.  I just turned 2 quarter blocks a half turn on every big star block on the left half to be the same as the right half layout.  Then I noticed the dark squares touched the top and bottom of the quilt but the ends right and left ...

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Half and half.......... from Exuberant Color

I finally made it to the design wall yesterday.  I started doing the layout wrong and changed to what I thought was the correct way.  Then I decided to put the other half up the way I thought was wrong and see which way I like it best.

On the layout on the left the star points alternate, light, dark, light dark.  On the layout on the right there are 2 dark, 2 light, 2 dark, 2 light points.  I think I have seen both of these layouts before and never noticed what the difference was.

I know it is ...

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September 23, 2017
Last seams next........ from Exuberant Color

I just have center seams left to sew on the last 16 blocks of the Australian fabric Hunter Star quilt.  Then I can start playing around with the pairs that will make the full star blocks.  There will be 2 blocks alike of each combination.
Last night I knitted while I watched 2 episodes of "Anne with an e" on Netflix.  It is based on Anne of Green Gables which I just read for the first time about 3 years ago.  They have the perfect girl playing the part of Anne.  

I give the multi-skein dishcloths to my youngest granddaughter ...

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September 19, 2017
I'm working on them.......... from Exuberant Color

I'm working on the last 4 combinations of the Hunter Star block little by little.  

It was a beautiful day yesterday and now we are going to have the hot humid weather that we usually have the last week of August and first week of September.  It has been nice to not need air conditioning for several weeks.

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September 17, 2017
Cutting the last blocks............ from Exuberant Color

The blocks for the last 4 stars in Hunter Star have been cut.  I thought I might start sewing them but read and knitted instead.

I also cut the little pieces for the last four 2" pinwheels out of the scraps.  They are sewn but not pressed. A couple of them don't have much contrast between the dark and light but I think they will be fine.  Maybe I'll get the last 2 rows sewn onto the table runner today.

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September 11, 2017
8 blocks 6 pinwheels........... from Exuberant Color

I sewed the last 8 blocks, 4 of each of the two shown, and 6 pinwheels.  Looking back at my previous post of the other blocks it looks like I need to find 4 more fabric combinations.  I'll work on that today.

I used 5 of the 6 new pinwheels to add 2 rows to this little piece.  At 10" x 20" it is almost a table runner size.  With 4 new combinations plus the 1 pinwheel left over I will be able to add 2 more rows. 

I want to clarify the 6" distances that I mentioned yesterday ...

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September 10, 2017
16 blocks......... from Exuberant Color

I cut the last 6 groups of fabric for blocks for the Hunter Star with my GO! die on my Studio die cutter.  They are the last 6 I had prepared for cutting, I'm not sure if I need more or not.  I sewed 16 blocks yesterday 4 of each that you see here.  The last 2 have purple as the dark fabric.

Here are some more tidbits from the Pacemaker manual:
Keep your heart device at least 6" from the following household and hobby items:

Handheld kitchen appliances such as electric mixers

Sewing machines and sergers

Radio controlled ...

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