Grab yourself a pencil and some paper as it’s voting time for this week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell event. The theme is Star Quilts and there are several to inspire you.
Our guest judge for this week is Sandra from Sandra’s Craft Corner. She’ll have 100 bonus points to assign to up to four quilts.
A Quilter’s Christmas Carol Give-Away
Author and quilter Deidre Rae McLeod is this week’s sponsor and she has the perfect stocking stuffer gift for you and your quilting friends. In her own words…
Fed up with the frustrations of holiday quilting? I was, too… until visited late one Christmas Eve by the ghosts of Christmas Quilting Past, Present and Future! Learn the true meaning of Christmas Quilting with your own copy of “A Quilter’s Christmas Carol” – Dickens’ classic holiday tale told from a quilter’s point of view.
This 21-page, 4.25″ x 7″ soft cover gift book is perfect as a stocking stuffer or for Secret Santa exchanges and includes directions for creating your own Quilter’s Christmas Carol Block.
Deidre has donated four copies of her A Quilter’s Christmas Carol book. The top two quilters will each win one and two site visitors that leave a comment below will also each win a copy.
Give-Away for everyone to enter:
To enter the give-away, leave a comment below answering “What is your favourite Christmas story or book?”. You have until Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (EST) to enter the give-away. Winners will be chosen randomly and notified via email.
This Week’s Quilts
Here are this week’s Star Quilts:
- Total submissions: 33
- Total countries: 5
- Total provinces: 6
- Total states: 14
You can click on the photo to view a larger version.
|A Pound of Stars
By: Karen H,
Blog: Faeries and Fibres
In the late 1970s I was a beginner quilter living in the middle of nowhere! I bought a pound of scraps by mail order as well as some white sheeting and made this quilt. It is entirely pieced (English paper piecing) and hand quilted. It remains one of my favourite quilts!
Quilt size: width: 66" height: 80"
By: Carol Johnston,
The pattern for this Queen Quilt – Batik Mystery is from Quiltmaker magazine, where it was presented over a few month’s time as a mystery pattern. All the fabrics I used are batiks, including the backing. I added the pieced piano-key border and the outside border to increase the size of the piece.
Quilt size: width: 81" height: 90"
By: Cynthia Zoller,
New Hampshire, USA
Scrappy batik stars made in soft jewel-toned fabrics.
Quilt size: width: 50" height: 50"
|Beka’s and Zack’s Wedding Quilt – August 2013
By: Alison Saunders,
In March 2013, I selected the pattern “Starburst” by Pleasant Valley. My sister thought I was crazy as I never pieced a quilt before. She showed me how to make HSTs and QSTs but it was the A4A quilt with Michelle Foster that honed my skills to finish it. Thank you both. It is loved by both of them.
Quilt size: width: 100" height: 126"
By: Cynthia Brunz Designs,
Blog: Quilting is more fun than Housework
The pattern for this quilt was part of a quilt-a-long with Melissa over at Happy Quilting. Her pattern is called Star Surround. I made mine a bit scrappier than the pattern. It is one of my all time favorite quilts so far!
Quilt size: width: 72" height: 72"
By: Diane U.,
Christmas lap quilt made with Stonehenge fabric for my dear friend’s Christmas wonderful that she creates at her home every year.
Quilt size: width: 42" height: 55"
|Diamond Star Layer Cake Quilt
By: Diamond Star Layer Cake Quilt,
Blog: Modern Tradition Quilts
This cute quilt was my own design. I made it using half of a Cuzco Layer Cake and 2 yards of red fabric. It was a design I stumbled on while playing with the alignment of the half-square triangle units I used to assemble it.
Quilt size: width: 67" height: 67"
|estrellas en la noche
By: mariajose gomez,
Me gusta el fondo negro en los quilt,hace resaltar los colores, en este caso de la noche
Quilt size: width: 120" height: 149"
|Feathered Star and Cardinal
By: Kaaren Biggs,
I found this pattern in a book of Christmas ideas and the feathered stars were a challenge but fun to make. I gave this as a gift a few years ago and wished I had kept it, so maybe it’s time to make one for myself!
Quilt size: width: 26" height: 26"
|Folk Art Wedding Stars
By: Karen Schultz,
New York, USA
When I first started quilting, Robyn Pandolph came out with her Folk Art Wedding series of fabrics. I fell in love with them and kept buying them until I had enough. This was my first quilt for myself. It’s my favorite! Sawtooth stars are my favorite star block, as well.
Quilt size: width: 65" height: 72"
|Follow the Stars
Blog: Dolores Quilts
This quilt was given to my son for his college graduation, just before he embarked on a journey around the world. The quilting was done during the year he was gone and it was re-presented to him and his new bride for their wedding. The stars, to follow his dreams and the compass to guide him home.
Quilt size: width: 80" height: 112"
Blog: Quilting Rage
This is the second quilt I ever made. Quilted by Maria O’haver.
Quilt size: width: 64" height: 79"
Blog: Tamarack Shack
A friend in Australia sent me the templates to make the Grandma’s Star quilt. I wanted to give this pattern a more modern feel so used bright colored batiks against a light background to make the stars pop! I custom quilted this one with swirls, pebbles and straight lines for contrast.
Quilt size: width: 50" height: 50"
By: June Griepp,
A design from the book “Blocks to Diamonds” by Cheryl Malkowski. Quilted by the maker using a domestic sewing machine. The turquoise medallions are painted with Paint Stiks by Laura Murray.
Quilt size: width: 79" height: 79"
This is a quilt I made for a paint chip challenge on the Quilt and Needle forum earlier this year.
Quilt size: width: 40" height: 40"
By: Linette Greene,
The only quilt I ever made for myself! It is on my bed now. It is made of 36 12 inch stars with 9 patch centers. I designed the setting myself, as well as the center medallion, which has a fussy cut tree. It is quilted with moose, bear, trees, moons, and clouds, and has wool batting. I love it.
Quilt size: width: 108" height: 108"
I do not know why I took part of that mystery quilt challenge! My challenge now is to find energy to finish it. I had fun to sew it but now I’m more into textil art so… could be a good resolution for 2014.
Quilt size: width: 70" height: 50"
By: Jean Sewing Machine,
I fell in love with the Fabric line Patternista. I used the pattern from Cozy Quilts called Stars Aligned. This was one of the first quilts I made using a published pattern, getting me out of the box of just making quilts using simple blocks.
Quilt size: width: 85" height: 80"
Blog: Whims And Fancies
Rainbow Star – Starlight Converging, A New Star, Starlight Diverging
Quilt size: width: 14" height: 36"
By: Quilts of Tomorrow,
This was based on the pattern “Bali Sea Star” by Kim Brackett in her book “Scrap Basket Surprises”. It was made as a birthday gift for my bestest friend using all batiks. Freehand quilted by Nancy Basserman of Crazy Creek Creations in Calgary.
Quilt size: width: 61" height: 74"
|Spiral Lone Star
By: Joyce Bushnell,
This was a learning quilt since I had never tried a lone star or paper piecing. I used fabrics from my stash. The pattern came from the book by Jan Krentz.
Quilt size: width: 48" height: 48"
By: Evelyn Smith,
My first quilt, done to satisfy my curiousity whether I could or not, I’ve been hooked since! Lol
Quilt size: width: 87" height: 87"
|Starburst (Krista Zaleski)
By: Krista Zaleski,
Blog: Krista Quilts
I designed this quilt, because I wanted to see what I could do with stars of increasing sizes. The center medallion is a 3″ lemoyne star, and each surrounding star uses the previous one as a center and expands from there.
Quilt size: width: 54" height: 54"
|Starburst (Teresa Weaver)
By: Teresa Weaver,
First quilt I ever designed.
Quilt size: width: 24" height: 24"
|Starburst by Dereck C. Lockwood
By: Eileen Morison,
British Columbia, Canada
My daughter wanted a star quilt and she choose the fabrics. It took me 2 years to complete.
Quilt size: width: 106" height: 106"
By: Sue Preece,
Blog: Sue’s Quilty Bits and Bobs
A quilt made just for me using all sorts of star blocks, many from tutorials on Fresh Lemons Blog and blocks from Quilterscache. I used this quilt to practice my FMQing! See more photos on this post: http://quiltybitsandbobs.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/stars-aligned-april-finish.html
Quilt size: width: 58" height: 58"
|Stars and Sparkles
I was making business cards and stopped short of cutting this one up, I liked it just the way it was, so I framed it with a gold ribbon as binding and it has been on my wall since
Quilt size: width: 16" height: 8"
New York, USA
Blog: my studioQ
This is the back of my Swoon quilt which I use more often than the front! The fabric is white on white polka dots. The wonky stars were made separately with leftover fabrics used on the front, I cut them out with pinking shears, randomly tossed them on the last block and stitched them down.
Quilt size: width: 48" height: 48"
|stars for dolly
By: Claire Alexander,
I used left over scraps from a pink and yellow quilt for the improv fabric centers of the stars. The “bonus” triangles from the pink star points made the border for the yellow star. The two doll quilts are for a guild project for children to have gifts at Christmas. Another group makes dolls.
Quilt size: width: 18" height: 18"
|Stars over Adelaide
Hand sewn, (point to point), pieced hexagon stars, using Marti Michells Hexie templates and Civil War style fabrics. From a pattern by Catherine Butterworth that appeared in Down Under Quilts last year.
Quilt size: width: 70" height: 76.5"
|Tree of Life
By: Little House Creations,
This is a quilt I made for a silent auction for my favorite charity. The pattern is Starlight by Marilyn Foreman and uses a selection of Timeless Treasures fabrics. The centre “Tree of Life” is a panel surrounded by 24 star blocks. I quilted it using an all over design, with continuous curve quil
Quilt size: width: 70" height: 90"
|wish upon a star
By: SUSIE Wheeler,
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
second quilt done on sewing machine
Quilt size: width: 80" height: 90"
It’s a block of the month from http://www.lenzula.de/en/ in 2012.
Quilt size: width: 66" height: 66"
Now it’s time for you to vote for your favourites!
- Voting is open Friday to Monday, December 2nd, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. (EST)
- One vote per person (based on IP address NOT email address), so have your family and friends cast a ballot for their favourite quilt
- Winner announced next week
How to Vote:
- Review the photos above and make a note of your favourites. You can select up to FOUR favourites this week.
- Below, you’ll see the names of all the quilts with a square button beside each one. Select the buttons for the quilts you want to vote for. Then scroll down, all the way, until you get to the bottom of the list of quilt names. Press the vote button.
- Patternista Stars (23%, 134 Votes)
- Spiral Lone Star (22%, 124 Votes)
- Stars over Adelaide (19%, 112 Votes)
- Starburst by Dereck C. Lockwood (15%, 86 Votes)
- Rainbow Star (10%, 57 Votes)
- Starburst (Krista Zaleski) (10%, 57 Votes)
- Feathered Star and Cardinal (9%, 51 Votes)
- Grandma's Star (9%, 50 Votes)
- Beka's and Zack's Wedding Quilt - August 2013 (9%, 50 Votes)
- Joseph's Coat (8%, 47 Votes)
- Montana Constellation (8%, 44 Votes)
- Batik Stars (7%, 40 Votes)
- Berry Blitz (6%, 37 Votes)
- Zodiacstars (6%, 36 Votes)
- wish upon a star (6%, 33 Votes)
- Sea Glass (5%, 31 Votes)
- Batik Mystery (5%, 28 Votes)
- Mystery quilt (4%, 25 Votes)
- Stars and Sparkles (4%, 23 Votes)
- A Pound of Stars (4%, 23 Votes)
- Stars Aligned (4%, 22 Votes)
- estrellas en la noche (3%, 20 Votes)
- Star Quilt (3%, 17 Votes)
- Follow the Stars (3%, 16 Votes)
- Lone Star (3%, 15 Votes)
- Tree of Life (2%, 14 Votes)
- Garden Star (2%, 13 Votes)
- Dashing Stars (2%, 12 Votes)
- Diamond Star Layer Cake Quilt (2%, 9 Votes)
- Starburst (Teresa Weaver) (1%, 7 Votes)
- stars awhirl (1%, 4 Votes)
- Folk Art Wedding Stars (1%, 3 Votes)
- stars for dolly (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 575
Next Week’s Show & Tell
The theme for next week’s Quilters’ Show & Tell is Christmas Table Runners. Any quilting technique is welcome (paper pieced, appliqué, pieced, etc.). Unfinished table runners are welcome as well. Please don’t submit a table runner you’ve already entered in the past… let’s see something different! Also, our last event of the year will be Christmas (not table runners), so plan your submissions for these two weeks accordingly.
To enter: Submit your photo before Friday, December 6th, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. (EST). If you are new here, please also read the Guidelines for additional information.