Star Blossom" of husband and wife team David (Dave the Quilt Engineer) and Tish (Tish's Adventures in Wonderland) Stemple. I made the baby (or in my case, yoga size) quilt, which uses just one block and then borders.
|Pattern designers with pattern tester! It was beyond cool to stop on our way north in Buckhannon near the end of March, and spend some much-valued time with Tish and David and family, as well as show them the quilt in person!|
|I also changed the border a bit, adding in a split one before the final floral border so the cornerstone didn't blend into that final floral border.|
So I was about to go full tilt into the making of and writing up the pattern for Freefall for the QAL.
|Bella kept reminding me I had Freefall to do, (see stack under her arm) while ensuring I stayed on task with the Star Blossom pattern test, "No squirrels, Sandra!"|
|"Unbelievable, Sandra. You're out of control. And where's my armrest pile of fabric?"|
Okay where were we?
Right. Harbinger of Spring got folded up and put away for about a month and then, I knew I would be crazy and not able to quilt it once back home, what with the major move we were facing, so I pulled it out and decided to quilt it before we left Florida to come back home. I went through the threads I'd brought with me, and was über-pleased to find I had all the colours I needed.
I knew I wanted dot to dot and a fill of elongated figure eights in the tulip shapes.
More dot to dot and back and forth in the diamond shapes.
And then lines work inside dot to dot for the corner 'blossoms' (I don't have a ruler foot for my Bernina...yet... so these are walking foot and eyeballed FMQ-ed with some wavy lines between.
Quilt Paradigm showed me it.
|Star centre outlined|
Finally a design I've always liked but never done on a quilt of mine, piano keys in the final floral border. No feathers on this one! I know! That's rare for me.
Susie's Magic Binding. I change the measurements though, and yes, there is a post coming on that. Hmm, there are lots of posts coming aren't there. Did I mention I'm hiring for a secretary? LOL
Here is the back. I snagged this backing and the binding which I just LOVE, at a St. Patrick's Day sale at Alma Sue's Quilt Shop in Sarasota. I had the quilt with me, and the girl cutting the fabric even said, "Oh! Perfect!" when I said that was what it was for. She also was dying to get a copy of the pattern, so I do hope she's reading this post, since I did tell her my blog! I think she and I are kindred spirits on many levels/topics, and I wish we could have arranged to have coffee/tea together...next year!
One last shot that I had to take on our last beach day before we left. I had just finished quilting it, but hadn't done the binding at that point. I just knew it would be a pretty amazing photo. The wind had designs on that photo shoot, but I persevered and captured this:
Pattern: Star Blossom by Tish and David Stemple available on Craftsy
Size: after quilting and washing: 40"
Fabric: Kaffe Fassett, Kona black, Moda marbles in yellow, Summersville Spring by Lucie Summers for Moda; backing is England Swings by Rebekah Merkle for Timeless Treasures, and binding is by George Mendoza for Westminster Fibres
Batting: Pellon Nature's Touch (I think; forgot to make a note)
Quilted: on my Bernina
Threads: pieced with Gütermann; quilted with Essential in yellow and mauve, Sulky rayon in royal blue and Exquisite polyester in black.
I am giving away a copy of this wonderful pattern which has several sizes, as you see from the photo below of the ones Tish has made:
All you need to do is comment below with the answer to this question:
What colour background would you use to make this quilt?
Leave me a second comment if you are a follower of my blog (let me know how you follow me, email, bloglovin' or Instagram) for an extra entry. New followers welcome. I will keep the giveaway open until Sunday night and post the winner on Monday. Please know that I won't be responding to comments on this post due to the large volume that occurs during giveaways.
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Tish and David's pattern is available for instant download on Craftsy.
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