Tag Archive | star quilt

Missing Auction Quilt

I am on the PTA board at our Jr High.  Our PTA was asked to provide baskets for the district auction.  I thought this would be a great way to get my name out there as a quilter, so I volunteered to make an Americana themed quilt to go with the basket. This pattern is by Jeni Baker. She has a tutorial on her blog, In Color Order.  Giant Vintage Star Quilt Tutorial. Great pattern for a beautiful quick smaller quilt!

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My helper is new to holding up quilts and was probably embarrassed, since I enlisted her help at school as it was getting out and everyone could see her.  They moved my due date up a week and a half and which gave me 2 days to quilt it – on top of all my other responsibilities.  So these are the only pictures I have of this quilt.

I wanted the quilting on the white areas to compliment and draw attention to the star its self, so I used a simple back and forth stitch inside angles that point the eyes to the star.
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The star itself has loopy, stars and hearts free motion quilting.  Stars for patriotism and hearts because I love my country.  I actually got a wee bit teary while quilting thinking about the soldiers and the many blessings I have by being an American.

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The back looks really awesome – I think!  I love a little bit of color splash and piecing on the back.

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Because this was for auction – I put a paper on the back with fabric, pattern and quilting info and the cost to make and a suggested starting price for the auctioneer. Because chances of the auctioneer being a quilt expert was pretty slim – right?  And I put a note that if the owner would like a history label on the back of the quilt, they could contact me and I would attach one.

Well…guess what?!   This beautiful quilt never showed up at the auction.  My sis in law went to the auction with her hubby who is a principal in our district.  She looked and asked about it – but it wasn’t there.  What the heck?! I asked the secretaries at the school and they didn’t know anything. I am wondering if it got folded up and put at the bottom of the Americana basket – out of sight and completely unappreciated? That basket sold for $30.

So that is probably the end of my donating a quilt for auctions…maybe…I might try again with the elementary art auction…

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Stars, Hexies, Triangles, Bubbles and More

My sweet friend saw me hand piecing hexies one day and had a quilters aha moment…you know, the “I can do this…it would be a great thing” moment.  She went to work lightening fast and before I knew it she had pieced 3 quilt tops!  Not easy ones either.  One is her own pattern, one is y seams and the other is a lot of little corners to match up! She did a beautiful job and allowed me the honor of quilting her first quilts…I remember my feelings of trepidation taking my first quilt to the LQS to be quilted. What if they lost it or ruined it or I hated the quilting???  Giving up control is some times a hard thing with personal creations! I love the quilting patterns she choose and want to share her quilts with you (with permission, of course!)

Here is the largest quilt…I love the gray background. This is a quilt that helped me change my mind about gray backgrounds.  I am typically a white and lots of it background girl.  She choose straight line quilting for this one.  A new quilting technique for me.  Sorry, I don’t know the name of this pattern to give its’ creator credit.  If you do, I would love to add a note!

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I love how the straight line softly compliments the piecing. I didn’t channel lock it, instead I used a straight ruler to allow the lines to adjust slightly to the piecing.

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Here is the very first one she pieced – y seams on the machine – no less!  Not a beginner project for the faint of heart! I believe this quilt is done with Figtree fabrics – which I LOVE!  The colors are so beautifully blended.

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For me the colors make a cozy safe place sort of feeling.  Another first in quilting patterns – orange peel.  I did this one with a circle ruler.  I used my pantovision orange peel pattern for 2 rows and hated it, so I unpicked for quite awhile and redid it free hand with the ruler.

orange peel quilting

The third quilt she did without a pattern..Can you believe it?!  Brand new to piecing and quilting and she makes up her own pattern.  I love how it looks like woven candy. I love the fabric collection in this quilt too.  This quilting pattern was also a new pattern to me.  It is a Bubbles pattern that I believe I bought from Urban Elements as a digital pantograph for my Innova Pantovision.

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I hand delivered these beauties to my friend at her LQS. It was super fun to see her excitement and loving her quilts and sharing them with her LQS friends. Thank you, dear Mandy, for trusting me with your quilty babie