Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Spherical Stars

This is my second entry in to this year’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  (You can see my first entry here.)

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It took me longer to post this entry as I debated for a bit about what would be the best category for this quilt.  I’ve ultimately decided to submit my Spherical Stars quilt in the Small Quilts category.


“Spherical Stars”
Quilt Stats:
Size: 51″ x 60″
Pattern: Magic Stars by Aneela Hoey
Type of Quilting: Straight Line on my home machine
Fabric Line(s) Used: Sphere by Zen Chic
Date Finished: March 2014

This quilt was made for Julie at the Intrepid Thread to be used as a sample/display in her brick and mortar shop in conjunction with the release of the new Sphere line of fabrics by Zen Chic.


I loved the colors in this line!  And the combination of many low volume prints with the more saturated colors worked really well for the Magic Stars pattern.


The blocks that make up this quilt were really fun to make.  They look like they should be really complicated and take a lot of piecing and seams but Aneela Hoey provides a great shortcut method in her pattern (that I never would have thought of) that makes putting these blocks together quick and easy!


Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my Spherical Stars quilt!  I hope you enjoy the Blogger’s Quilt Festival and all the lovely creations everyone is entering!


Blogger’s Quilt Festival – Born to Quilt Mini

It’s Blogger’s Quilt Festival time again!  Amy over at Amy’s Creative Side hosts this event twice a year, timed in conjunction with Quilt Market.  I was too new to quilting to have anything to enter last fall but I had a lot of fun going through each quilt category and checking out everyone’s beautiful work!

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This year, I wanted to enter my Born to Quilt mini that I made last month.  This quilt is actually over at Quilt Market in the Windham Fabrics both to help show off their new fabric line!


“Born to Quilt” Mini
Quilt Stats:
Size: 18″ x 18″
Pattern: None.  This quilt was my own design.
Type of Quilting: Straight Line on my home machine with some decorative hand stitching
Fabric Line(s) Used: “Born to Quilt” by Another Point of View for Windham Fabrics
Date Finished: April 2014

Making this quilt really stretched me, especially as a new quilter.  I’ve really only worked with relatively bright colors so far so when a stack of primarily black and white fabrics appeared on my doorstep, all the plans I had in my head for this quilt had to be reworked.

Windham sent me this fun green print to use as my backing (not a part of the “Born to Quilt” fabric line).


In addition to straight line quilting, I did some decorative hand embroidery in the center panel around the fussy cut phrases.  Here a detail shot of the hand stitched embroidery.  I matched the DMC Perle cotton to the text of each phrase.  I think it gives a nice extra touch of color and was something I’d never tried before.  It is probably my favorite part of this mini!


I had so much fun making this quilt and I really enjoyed getting to try some new techniques (fussy cutting, hand embroidery) that I hadn’t done previously!  Oh, and if anyone at Quilt Market this weekend happens to see it hanging in the Windham Fabrics booth, I would love it if you snapped a picture and sent it my way!


Thanks for stopping by and letting me share my mini quilt!  I hope you enjoy the Blogger’s Quilt Festival and all the lovely creations everyone is entering!