The Prodigal Returns: Stars in Formation

It’s so nice when a prodigal returns…Kelli and I designed this quilt in June.  The quilt was accepted by Quilty  Magazine in later June.  We got the fabric in July and sewed it in August and just this week got it back from Quilty Magazine this week.  It was featured in the current issue of Quilty so if you’re out and about and see it, pick one up.  Kelli found a copy at our Wal-Mart.


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I enjoy getting the quilts back.  Typically it such a whirl wind getting the quilts out that we often almost forget we even made them.

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The quilting for this one was especially hard for me to decide on.  There was bigger open spaces but knowing it would be in a magazine for many to see, the pressure was on.  I started on a star giving that individual treatment.  I ended up starting in the middle and doing concentric squares then popped out and did the star points.

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Next…what do with those big spaces.  I ended up opting for just a stipple that was pretty small and tight.  The thing that I did with this quilt that I have never done before was change thread color.  In the white sections, I used white..in the turquoise sections and on the stars I used a light brown.  You can see the difference in the photo below.

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I’m not sure it was the best way to quilt it..but it apparently worked.  At least they didn’t reject it once they saw the finished product.

After reading this blog post I wrote showing the quilt in the magazine, I got a comment from Gina Martin, “Thank you so much for posting this! I love the quilt you designed with my first ever fabric collection for Moda! I need to go pick up a copy!!”

How cool is that??  The gal, Gina Martin, who designed the fabric found my blog and left that message.  It was a real honor for me…by the way, I love the fabric!!  I’m looking forward to her next collection.

We’re glad to have this quilt back in the fold.

Today, we are hooking up with……Confessions of a Fabric AddictLink a Finish FridayFreedom Fridays, and Crazy Mom Quilts.

8 thoughts on “The Prodigal Returns: Stars in Formation

  1. jayne

    Congratulations on getting your quilt in the magazine! Beautiful quilt. Quilting is always the hardest part! Hard to decide!

  2. Kymberly

    What a beautiful quilt. I always struggle with knowing how to do the quilting on my quilts and love your close-ups and explanations. It really gives me inspiration on how to finish my quilts. Congrats on getting another pattern published!

  3. Shannon

    Congrats on being published, I love the design. Very beautiful project. I like the diagonal setting on those star blocks. What a great and novel idea!

  4. Kathy G

    Jo love your quilt, it’s really beautiful and the quilting is just great. Can’t wait for my copy to come. Congrats to both of you.

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