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Vote Now and Give-Away: Star Quilts

Quilters' Show & Tell

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

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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.

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Available now in the Whimzie Quiltz Etsy store. Avoid the shipping rush and order yours today. You can also send Deidre an email if you have any questions.

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:

Quick stats:

  • 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 A Pound of Stars
By: Karen H,
Ontario, Canada
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"

Batik Mystery Batik Mystery
By: Carol Johnston,
Idaho, USA

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"

Batik Stars Batik Stars
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 Beka’s and Zack’s Wedding Quilt – August 2013
By: Alison Saunders,
Missouri, USA

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"

Berry Blitz Berry Blitz
By: Cynthia Brunz Designs,
Oregon, USA
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"

Dashing Stars Dashing Stars
By: Diane U.,
Ontario, Canada

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 Diamond Star Layer Cake Quilt
By: Diamond Star Layer Cake Quilt,
Utah, USA
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 estrellas en la noche
By: mariajose gomez,
Spain
Blog: corapensa

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 Feathered Star and Cardinal
By: Kaaren Biggs,
Ontario, Canada

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 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 Follow the Stars
By: Dolores,
Kentucky, USA
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"

Garden Star Garden Star
By: AthenaNabi,
Maryland, USA
Blog: Quilting Rage

This is the second quilt I ever made. Quilted by Maria O’haver.

Quilt size: width: 64" height: 79"

Grandma's Star Grandma’s Star
By: Kathy,
Manitoba, Canada
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"

Joseph's Coat Joseph’s Coat
By: June Griepp,
Arizona, USA

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"

Lone Star Lone Star
By: Dorian,
California, USA
Blog: RidgeTopQuilts

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"

Montana Constellation Montana Constellation
By: Linette Greene,
Montana, USA

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"

Mystery quilt Mystery quilt
By: Patricia,
Switzerland
Blog: patpatch1618

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"

Patternista Stars Patternista Stars
By: Jean Sewing Machine,
Missouri, USA

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"

Rainbow Star Rainbow Star
By: Soma,
California, USA
Blog: Whims And Fancies

Rainbow Star – Starlight Converging, A New Star, Starlight Diverging
I love the night sky. I think I was around 4 or 5 years old and I remember lying on the roof during a blackout and being mesmerized by the countless pinpricks of light. Rainbow Star represents the life cycle of stars.

Quilt size: width: 14" height: 36"

Sea Glass Sea Glass
By: Quilts of Tomorrow,
Alberta, Canada

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 Spiral Lone Star
By: Joyce Bushnell,
Georgia, USA

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"

Star Quilt Star Quilt
By: Evelyn Smith,
Manitoba, Canada

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) Starburst (Krista Zaleski)
By: Krista Zaleski,
Ontario, Canada
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) Starburst (Teresa Weaver)
By: Teresa Weaver,
Michigan, USA

First quilt I ever designed.

Quilt size: width: 24" height: 24"

Starburst by Dereck C. Lockwood 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"

Stars Aligned Stars Aligned
By: Sue Preece,
Australia
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 Stars and Sparkles
By: Delaine,
Washington, USA
Blog: delainegatelyquiltlady

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"

stars awhirl stars awhirl
By: Diane,
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 stars for dolly
By: Claire Alexander,
Oregon, USA
Blog: Knitnkwilt

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 Stars over Adelaide
By: Sheila,
Australia

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 Tree of Life
By: Little House Creations,
Alberta, Canada
Blog: Bev

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 wish upon a star
By: SUSIE Wheeler,
Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

second quilt done on sewing machine

Quilt size: width: 80" height: 90"

Zodiacstars Zodiacstars
By: Accroquilt,
Quebec, Canada
Blog: Accroquilt

It’s a block of the month from http://www.lenzula.de/en/ in 2012.

Quilt size: width: 66" height: 66"


Vote Now

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.

Star Quilts

  • 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

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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.

Enter your quilt here!


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68 Responses to “Vote Now and Give-Away: Star Quilts”

  1. Sheila B says:

    I love the story of Jesus’ birth for that is the reason we celebrate Christmas and I made a quilt for my grandchildren depicting this wonderful story. I have never heard of the book, The Quilter’s Christmas Story and would love to own it and read it to my granddaughter who I am teaching to quilt. Thank you for this wonderful opportunity!!

  2. Nicole Sender says:

    I like the book “The Night Before Christmas.” My favorite movies is The Polar Express.

  3. Chris says:

    I read the Night Before Christmas to my Grandchildren each year. So much fun. I will have to get this one. Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. Andrea Franklin says:

    My favorite Christmas story is in the book of Luke -the story of Jesus. Then I love Debbie Macomber’s Christmas romances. They’re all so good!

  5. Pala says:

    I have never heard of this book, but would love to read it. My favorite story is the story of Jesus.

  6. Patty says:

    one of my favorite stories is t “A Christmas Cup of Tea” this a beautiful story of a young man visiting an elderly aunt and enjoying a cup of tea with her. Beautiful story.

  7. Carol says:

    I love “The Miracle of Jonathan Toomey” that includes the Christmas story along with a message of human love and kindness. All the star quilts were lovely! It was incredibly hard to vote on just a few.

  8. Patricia Hersl says:

    In high school, I was stricken with a strep throat and confined to bed for a while. Coke had just released a little pamphlet with “The Night Before Christmas” printed on it. I memorized it. Still know it by heart to this day and our 50th reunion is up and coming.

  9. nancy says:

    In preparation for Christmas decorating I would always read “The Smells of Christmas” to my young ones. As they grew older they wanted to reread it each year because the nostalgia of Christmas smells in the storyline.

    I would love to have a copy of ” A Quilters Christmas Carol” to share with my Quilt Guild. It sounds great.

  10. Judy C in NC says:

    I love the Donna VanLiere books that are published around Christmas each year. They are uplifting and so worthy of reading with the wonderful stories. Thank you for this wonderful giveaway. Judy C in NC

  11. Lori Smanski says:

    oh my goodness a tough time only choosing 4 quilts. all these ladies are winners in my book. thanks to all the ladies for sharing and for the inspiration. this looks like it would be a fun book. thanks for the chance to win.

  12. Denise F says:

    I love the story, “The Three Gifts of the Magi.” It is wonderful and always makes me stop running around for a while and reflect on the season and the true meaning of the celebration.

  13. LINDA says:

    HELLO, my favorite book is our Bible, the greatest Love Story ever told to man! Thanks so for sharing!

  14. Susan says:

    My favorite Christmas story is the story of Jesus. I have several other favorite Christmas stories: Amahl and the Night Visitors, The Fourth Wise Man, A Cup of Christmas Tea, The Littlest Angel, and Dicken’s classic Christmas Carol.

  15. Calina says:

    I love the classic book Night Before Christmas. And for Christmas movies, my absolute favorite has to be the original Miracle on 34th Street.

  16. Suzanne says:

    My favorite Christmas book is How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

  17. Linda Cejnar says:

    My favorite Christmas Story is actually a song, Away in the Manger.

  18. Terry Johnson says:

    My favorite Christmas story is story of Jesus birth.

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