Where We’re Published: Quiltmaker

What a surprise!?!?! I was reading blog comments last week and blog reader Joyce said”
Beautiful quilt! Got my magazine just the other day and will have to put it on my “to make” list. Also noticed that you have another quilt published in the May/June issue of Quiltmaker. Don’t recall you mentioning it, but may have missed that post. Congrats!

I had ZERO ideas about what she was talking about. ZERO. None…Nada. Nothing. We haven’t worked with Quiltmaker for a bit. As I’ve told you before, the pay from magazines for a quilt design isn’t good.

Well, I looked around on the internet to see what Joyce was talking about. I have NO IDEA. I did some Googling trying to find pictures or something about the magazine issue that she referenced. I ended up finding what you see below. There is a reference to our Piccadilly Circus quilt. Apparently, they took our quilt that was published back in the 2018 September/October issue and republished it. You can see that in the last bullet point in the picture below.

WOW. I was surprised that they never notified us. I ended up pulling the original blog post I wrote about it. The magazine suggests that paper piecing was used to make the quilt. I didn’t do it like that at all.

I thought you all might enjoy learning how I made the star points. Keep reading and you’ll see how I made them without paper piecing.

Here is a picture of the quilt…

Image result for quiltmaker september/october 2018

This all started with something we made with our 100 blocks block.

Remember that we told you that the magazines write the directions and we don’t have much of a say in how they write them.

Although the directions in Quiltmaker’s 100 Block issue tell you to paper piece the star points, we actually didn’t.  We did it like this….

I started out with 4 1/2″ and 3 1/2″ squares.


I put the 3 1/2″ square onto the fabric and sewed on the diagonal  Then sewed 3/8″ for that line.  I like having bonus triangles…Then I trimmed the corner off between the two sewn lines.


I know a lot of people don’t like sewing the bonus triangles. I strongly suggest doing that if you are making this quilt because I used all the bonus triangles to make the outer border and the sashing.

I pressed to get one bonus triangle and the start of my star points.


I did the same for the next side.


I pressed and my blocks now look like this.  I ended up with bonus pieces again…but forgot them in the photo.


Next, I went down a size.  I put 2 1/2″ squares on the corners and sewed twice along the diagonal as shown.


I did it to both sides and pressed.  I ended up with this and the bonus triangles.



I graduated down a size.  I put 1 1/2″ squares on the corners and sewed ONCE along the diagonal as shown.  Then I trimmed.


That’s how I got my star points.  To create my star blocks.  How cool is that??  It looks like paper piecing but doesn’t have to be.

From there I used the largest bonus triangle as a border triangle and the smaller bonus triangle ended up being the sashing between the blocks.  I can’t remember if I had enough from that only or if I had to make some extras.  Either way, when I made my version, it was all improv.

This was such a fun quilt to make. It’s got me thinking maybe I should make another one. Hmm.

So Joyce…that’s why I didn’t tell you we had a quilt published in Quiltmaker…it’s because we truly had NO IDEA!! That still surprises me that the magazine didn’t notify me. Oh well. I gave me another chance to tell you how to make a fun improv quilt from your scraps.

21 thoughts on “Where We’re Published: Quiltmaker”

  1. Janelle Merillat

    That is a beautiful quilt! Were I in your shoes, I’d check my contract with them to see if they bought 100% rights to publish, or if it was a 1 time only. You don’t need to respond to my thoughts, my brain was just ticking along…

    1. Just read Janelle’s comment about checking your contract with the magazine. I know nothing about publishing designs in Quilt Magazines but this was my thought too. At the least they could have informed you about re publishing it.

  2. Thanks for the instructions on making the star points. I never would have thought of that. It looks like a really fun quilt to make and would make a good leader/ender project. (P.S. I like bonus triangles too!)

  3. Jo, I really like this and would like to make it. Is there another post that has more directions? I don’t know what the 100 blocks is.

  4. This method is most clever. Too bad for Quiltmaker that they missed a great teaching opportunity. You and Kalissa inspire me every day Jo.

  5. Susan from Michigan

    This looks like a fun quilt to make. Thanks for sharing. Some of my quilting friends give me scraps, so this would be perfect for that. Thanks also to Joyce for mentioning the pattern. Sorry the magazine didn’t notify you Jo, as it seems like a common courtesy.

  6. Love the star point construction! I was thinking it was string piecing. What a bright and cheery quilt. I’m seeing a scrap quilt of this in my future. I love the bonus HST. It drives me crazy when someone just cuts those off and throws them away. Or when someone is sewing without leaders/enders…I want to scream at the TV…
    And the puppies….the are SO cute! Perfect names too!

  7. I tried to leave a message several hours ago. I wonder where your original post is for this quilt. I love it!

  8. I agree with everyone else that it was such a clever idea, Jo! Love the quilt and I, too, am surprised the magazine didn’t even tell you…seems like they have sent you a copy of the magazine (or two!). I guess they figure they paid for it so they can do what they want, but “in the old days” people were more respectful than that. Great post!

  9. Amy Sidelinger

    What a fascinating way to make star points! Thanks for sharing as they look extremely complicated but your instructions seem reasonable.

  10. Gosh Jo, I’m glad I mentioned it. I think it is unbelievable that they didn’t let you know. When I make the quilt, I am certainly using your method rather than paper piecing–makes sense and who doesn’t love those bonus triangles!

  11. What a bright and cheery quilt, I would never have come up with this way of doing the star points…it is genius! I am interested in making this also but was wondering how you did the center square. Is there a full pattern one can use or do you sell the pattern? I love reading your blog and admire you and your family very much. You all are amazing!

  12. You are so unbelievably creative. I want to have your ability to make beautiful quilts and make them in a new and exciting way. I also love bonus triangles. Most times I make pinwheels with them and I have a fun project in mind when I have 100s more. Yes, I did say 100s.
    I love your blog, it’s the one I always go back and catch up if I’m busy and miss a few.
    Keep quilting and creating.

  13. I read your post this morning and then went to my community quilting group, and the magazine was on the ‘sharing table’. I left some fabric and brought the magazine home with me. This quilt looks like a great way to use some of my ample scrap supply and a fun way to make a donation quilt. Thank you for posting about it, because I wouldn’t have picked up the magazine based on the cover.

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