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Blogger’s Quilt Festival: Large Quilt Category

Here it is, my entry in the Spring 2015 Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side:

Catch a Falling Star (2015)
Catch a Falling Star, 84″ x 105″ (2015)


My regular readers know all about this quilt. A year in the making, Catch a Falling Star is based on a design by Terri Krysan called Reach for the Stars that was offered in Quilter’s Newsletter over the course of seven issues, beginning with Oct./Nov. 2013 and ending with Oct./Nov. 2014.

Using my own color scheme, which is quite different from the original, I replaced three blocks and made a few changes to some of the other blocks. I also challenged myself to incorporate a fussy cut image into every block and redesigned the border to make it symmetrical.

The Jacobean floral fabric and a few others in the quilt are from the Ainsley line by Northcott Fabrics. The remaining fabrics came from my stash.

Many of my blog posts in 2014 are about the creation of this quilt. If you are interested in seeing how it came together, block by block, simply click on the “reach for the stars sampler quilt” link at the bottom of this post. All of the posts will come up in reverse  chronological order. In particular I hope you will look at some of the close-ups of longarm quilter Loretta Orsborn‘s beautiful free-motion and digitized quilting designs.

My quilt is entered in the large quilt category. To see some of the other large quilts entered in the festival, check out this link:

But wait, there’s more! There are 10 other categories of quilts in the festival: mini, small, appliqué, art, hand quilted, home machine quilted, original design, ROYGBIV, scrappy, and viewer’s choice. Be sure to check them out. And prepare to be inspired!





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Blogger’s Quilt Festival Entry: Square Dance

PrintIn for a penny, in for a pound. I’ve decided to enter a second quilt in the Fall 2014 Blogger’s Quilt Festival, hosted by Amy Ellis at Amy’s Creative Side. (You can read about my first entry in yesterday’s post.)

Billed as “the biggest quilt show online,” the festival accepts entries Oct. 24-31 in 11 categories. Viewers can nominate a quilt in any category for the Viewer’s Choice award and, beginning Nov. 1, vote for their favorites in all the other categories. This is my first experience entering the festival, and already I’ve seen dozens of fabulous quilts and discovered some new blogs I absolutely must follow.

I’m entering Square Dance in the Small Quilts category:

Square Dance (2014)

It’s an original design based on the classic Twist block dating back to 1870. Square Dance measures 55½” x 64½” and was quilted by Melissa Hoffman. I wrote about it in this post.

Linking up to Amy’s Creative Side for the Blogger’s Quilt Festival. To see some of the other small quilts entered in the festival, check out this link.




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Blogger’s Quilt Festival Entry — Good Day Sunshine

The fall 2014 Blogger’s Quilt Festival is now underway, and I am entering Good Day Sunshine, finished earlier this year, in the Modern category:

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Many of you have seen pictures of this quilt already. I hope you don’t mind revisiting it!

Good Day Sunshine was the product of a summertime Sew-Along organized by Thelma of Cupcakes ‘n’ Daisies. The pattern, Dancing Churndash, was designed for Cut Loose Press by sisters Jenny Pedigo and Helen Robinson of Sew Kind of Wonderful. Here’s a look at the entire quilt:

2014-8, Dancing Churndash, front 2

I used quite a few prints from the Gray Matters line by Camelot Cottons and filled in with fabrics from my stash. I’ve loved the combination of gray/yellow/white ever since my mother made me a wool plaid skirt in those colors when I was in high school.

Although there’s a lot of gray in this quilt, it’s offset by the bright and cheerful yellow prints. Each block makes me feel like I’m looking out a window on a sunny day:

2014-8, Dancing Churndash, quilting detail

That’s what led me to name this quilt Good Day Sunshine, after the Beatles song. It measures 43″ x 57½” and was quilted by Jolene Knight of Good Knight Quilts. A close-up of the quilting:

2014-8 Dancing Churndash detail

The back was pieced from leftover fabrics used on the front:

2014-8, Dancing Churndash, back


Linking up to Amy’s Creative Side for Blogger’s Quilt Festival. To see some of the other modern quilts entered in the festival, check out this link. Voting for favorites in 11 categories begins Nov. 1.




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