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September 1, 2019
Island Batik Star Light Star Bright Challenge from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, Aurifil, and Hobbs.

Star Light Star Bright was the August theme for the Island Batik Ambassador challenge for those of us who didn't participate in this month's Beat the Heat Blog Hop.

My project features the Victoria and Albert collection by Island Batik and coordinates with my Starstruck Pillow from last year.

When I choose a thread color for quilting, I like to audition each three by unwinding a portion of the thread and laying each single strand of thread across various areas of the ...

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July 27, 2019
Irish Stars COMPLETE from Wedding Dress Blue

8723 pieces later, we have a quilt. It only took 25 months.


It is an odd feeling.  Not quite like having a baby, or like having that baby leave home, but something like it.  I have lived with and worked on this quilt nearly daily for over two years.  And now…

The quilting itself was a major quandry–I tried for weeks to come up with a custom quilting alternative that I could do with my current skill level, and couldn’t.  I considered sending it out, but that is money not convenient right now, and it didn’t feel ...

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July 12, 2019
Irish Stars Top Complete from Wedding Dress Blue

On Wednesday…

I did not work in the garden.

I did not vacuum.

I did not do the dishes.

I did not do laundry.

I did not read a book.

I did none of these things.


What I DID do was assemble the Irish Stars Quilt top.


When there are 323 blocks constructed primarily of 1-1/2″ squares, it is slow going.


Seemingly tiny mistakes matter, and have to be picked out and done again.


But, in the end, it is worth it!

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June 20, 2019
323 of 323 from Wedding Dress Blue

The blocks for the Irish Stars quilt are finally complete:  323.


I started piecing in June of 2017, approximately two years ago. The original plan was for a 19 x 19 layout (which would have been 361 blocks), but fatigue and good advice suggested it was possible to finish at 17 x 19 and still have a quilt 85″ x 95″ and NOT square, which can seem awkward on beds.


It seemed a worthwhile suggestion and a functional compromise.  Obviously, as quilters know, done with the blocks is a long ways from DONE-done, but it is one step closer.

Layout ...

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May 31, 2019
Night Sky Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

There are 100 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, and I’m starting to think there are just as many ways to stitch up a star quilt! 4-patch stars, wonky stars, wedge stars, rhombus stars—the list goes on and on! 

This week Jenny is working on the easiest star block of all: Night Sky! This pattern is made up of simple half-square triangles, but it’s just as stunning as a whole host of heavenly sparklers! Click HERE to watch the tutorial!

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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May 21, 2019
Summer Star from twiddletails

It took a while but, after 50+ years on this earth, I've finally come to the conclusion that there is no way to stop life from interfering with plans, no matter how meticulously crafted.

In the last couple of months, my father-in-law's health steadily declined and he passed away at the end of April. What followed was planning a funeral, traveling to Texas to attend his funeral, followed by sorting out everything from Social Security to investments to Medicare to bank accounts for my mother-in-law. It looks like the dust is finally settling, so I'm going to ...

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May 20, 2019
Stars Finished from Wedding Dress Blue

The green binding seemed a unlikely choice, but I LOVE it.


White is never a binding option in my book, black was too black, either red or blue would disappear…yellow also oddly didn’t really do it for me.  Then the thought of GREEN….YAY!


So, the quilt is complete and delivered to its forever home.


It is such a happy quilt.  And I am happy it is finished.

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April 8, 2019
Shine On Finished from Wedding Dress Blue

Do you ever notice that, in some ways, the maker of a quilt knows very little about what is REALLY looks like?  We are always close to it and see it in small pieces…

Anyway, maybe this doesn’t happen to you, but it does to me all the time.

When a quilt is complete and I step back and REALLY look for the first time, it is…well…hard to describe.


But, I really like this quilt.

Bold and bright and scrappy, but somehow simple and graphic. (See the feet of my quilt assistants in the corner…they were ...

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April 5, 2019
I Never Would Have Believed It from Wedding Dress Blue

In June of 2017, I started my own Irish Stars Quilt.  The goal was to make a queen size quilt using 1-1/2″ squares.  The bucket of 1-1/2″ squares was positively overflowing and I knew I would cut as I went along. (It would involve a total of 9749 pieces, if I calculated correctly.)


But, this week I realized that the bucket…was nearly EMPTY.


Obviously, I have done some cutting as I go along, but still, the stock has fallen short. And I still have a long ways to go.

Unless I change plans.

The true queen would ...

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March 4, 2019
Monday Motivation: Good Fortune Mystery Quilt from Patchwork Sampler Blog

Probably every quilter on the planet knows that Bonnie Hunter from Quiltville hosts a free mystery quilt every year starting on Black Friday. The 2018 mystery was the Good Fortune Quilt. Since we host Thanksgiving, I usually don’t participate. This year, I jumped in but didn’t keep up. The quilt was revealed around the first of the year, but I was nowhere near ready to put it together. In fact, it wasn’t until this past weekend, I pulled the parts out and made the center blocks.

I put them up on the design wall this morning and ...

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Vintage Stars Top from Wedding Dress Blue

This idea was my first plan for the Shine On quilt, but I decided I wanted different sizes of stars.  Plus, there wasn’t enough of this color combination to make the size quilt I needed for Shine On. This idea was worth completing, though.


It started as a bag of vintage (late 60s?  early 70s?) fabric squares that a friend bought at a yard sale.  They were not well cut and not all the fabric was usable, but there was a cheeriness to them that appealed.


Adding the bright white stars and some solids squares scattered throughout seems to ...

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February 16, 2019
Shine On Top Complete from Wedding Dress Blue

A quilt for my grandson and upcoming tutorial is now a complete flimsy.


You may recognize some of the same black and white fabrics used in my recent house quilt.

At 80″ square, it is tough to have enough room inside during the wet, snowy weather.  At night.

But you get the idea.

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February 1, 2019
All Stars Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

All Stars Quilt

There’s a pretty big football game this week. Best of the season, they say. And while I do enjoy a touchdown or two, those yards of turf just can’t compare to a yard of brand new quilting fabric! So while those football stars are racing to the endzone, I’ll be stitchin’ up a team of my own all stars!

All Stars Quilt

The All Stars quilt is based on a design by Jenny’s cute husband, Ron. It’s a quick, modern pattern that makes use of two of our favorite precuts: 10 inch squares and 2.5 inch strips.

All Stars Quilt

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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January 23, 2019
New Project (And Future Tutorial For You) from Wedding Dress Blue

It has been a while, probably too long, since I shared a new tutorial.  But, as part of the quilts I am making Number One Son and his family for their new house, I am creating this one.  No name yet, probably something like Shine On. Maybe.


Colors–yellow and black.


I have a similar idea running in red, blue and white vintage.


So much fabric, so little time…

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December 31, 2018
Shaded Star Debut from Living Water Quilter

Woohoo!  One of my quilts is featured in McCall’s Quick Quilts! Shaded Star is a fast, easy and...

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September 22, 2018
Seeing StarsIsland Batik Ambassador September challenge has me... from Living Water Quilter

Seeing Stars

Island Batik Ambassador September challenge has me star struck!  LOL


The blues of Alpine Ice and yellows of Dear William collections(provided by Island Batik) are featured in the mini star quilt.


Piecing perfect star was easy with Quilt In A Day’s Triangle in a Square .


The mini star quilt is perfect for featuring my new ruler quilting design.  I like seeing a design in different setting. Above, the same design is on a wholecloth quilt and my new star panel, Starburst.


Here are before and after photos of the design in the star mini quilt. The ...

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August 8, 2018
A Star is Reborn, AgainHow many times do you make the same... from Living Water Quilter

A Star is Reborn, Again

How many times do you make the same quilt?  When I make the same quilt it is a way to demonstrate to how free-motion quilting can change the texture and appearance of a quilt. Certainly, fabric colors and prints have a voice in this process too.

The Radiant Star, pictured above is a HUGE departure from the first  Radiant Star, pictured below, in both fabric selection and free-motion quilting.


As an educator, I am compelled to offer a variety of inspirational options for students to explore in whole or part. The Radiant Star pattern is ...

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July 23, 2018
Heritage Stars FINISHED! from Wedding Dress Blue

It was years in the planning, and quite a while in the making, but it is finally done.IMG_3480

It is based on the Heritage Stars pattern from McCall’s quilting 2012.IMG_3485

The color scheme rotates around the back, Husband’s home state favorite college football team.IMG_3486

And, the pillows match.IMG_3482

He was stunned.  In 20 years I have never made a quilt just for him.  I tried to include a few novelty fabrics here and there that have meaning in his life, like fish.IMG_3476

Overall, it is a success.  And Husband, that patient and long-suffering man, finally has a quilt ...

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July 12, 2018
Heritage Stars Quilt Top from Wedding Dress Blue

This is my worst picture in a long time, but it is what it is and I don’t have the desire to do it again right now.IMG_3449

The Heritage Stars quilt is a top.  74″ square.

Hopefully will get it quilted in the next week or so.

Opinions wanted:  black binding?  or gold?

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June 29, 2018
Blocks Complete from Wedding Dress Blue

All the blocks on Heritage Stars are done!


Yes, you are looking at my “design bed.”  But, there has to be a safe place for quilts to rest while they are works in progress.  It seems appropriate to give them a taste of their future lives.

Creating it left a number of “waste triangles” that I am making plans for–maybe a couple of pillows to match?DSC01149

Anyway, assembly and three borders next.


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