This is the Carpenters Star design. I have quilted quite a few of these lately for clients. My mom has loved this design for a while and wanted to make one. I think it is a beautiful design, too, and last Saturday Mom, Aunt Brenda, and I finally got together for a sewing day to make them. I'll show all three of them to you later when they are finished, but I was excited to get the piecing done this week.
I made mine with fabrics that I already had at home. I purchased this mix of prints and batiks in a range of greens, teals, and turquoise from a local quilt shop - Muddy Creek Originals - before it went out of business. It was fun buying fabrics at 50% off, but I was sad to see the shop close.
We followed the pattern by Debbie Maddy which can be found here. She has very nice instructions for the fabric placement. I chose to make the 70" square quilt. I didn't have enough of any one fabric for the outside border, so I added another scrappy border to use what I had. The quilt goes together pretty quickly. On Saturday I cut my pieces and made the center star, all in one day. I really like it, and it ought to look even better after it's quilted!
I longarm quilted for Velma this week also. This is a lap quilt in a sort of disappearing 9 patch design. The fabrics were very cool. They reminded me of ferns, fossils, rocks, and nature stuff. I quilted using the Bauhaus design. Thanks for letting me quilt for you, Velma!
I also basted a quilt together for Karen, a hand quilter. I never did this before, but it did work out well. I loaded the backing, batting, and quilt top and used a large basting stitch horizontally about 5 inches apart. Then I took the quilt off and loaded it again in the other direction and repeated the horizontal stitching lines. So in the end there was stitching in 5" squares basting the quilt together. This should stay together very nicely for her when she is hand quilting.
I am so thankful that the client quilts keep coming in for me to work on. There has not been a slow down this summer. I'll definitely have more to share next week, so please stop back and visit.
I'm linking up over at Crazy Mom Quilts Finish It Up Friday.
This is me...
I LOVE to quilt, and every day I must sew for my sanity!