Monday, December 9, 2013

How Do I Quilt That?

The Texas Star Quilters met on Tuesday, November 19, 2013. Doris Rice had the program and Carol Bullion brought the door prize that was won by Pam. 

We had an awesome program presented by Doris. Quilters often struggle with answering this question: how do I want my quilt quilted? Whether quilted by a professional or done on your own home machine, that is often a difficult question. The quilting totally makes or breaks a quilt.

Doris talked about the importance of considering several important points: who is it for? how will they use it? how much do you want to pay?

She then showed several samples of small quilts and what a difference various quilting designs can make.

Here is a basic quilt top. Now the question...what designs to use when quilting it?

See how the quilt changes when you change the quilting design--

Custom Quilting

Back of basic quilting

Echo quilting

Here is another quilt:

A basic quilt top

Then the same top quilted in different ways:

Fancy swirls

Baby theme

Western theme

Basic top

Same top with scallops

Same top with swirls

Custom quilting

Basic top

Meander - allover
Custom quilting


Pat Sloan Mystery BOM

Do you like participating in a Block of the Month activity?

Pat Sloan, an awesome quilter...if you don't already know about her, check out her blog here!!!

She is starting a new Block of the Month in January and it is free! ...and it is a mystery BOM!

Interested? Check it out for a sneak peak and to sign up for free emails with links to patterns by clicking on this link:   Globetrotting: a free mystery BOM by Pat Sloan.

Disappearing 9 Patch

How do you turn this...

Into this....

To find out visit Jenny over at her blog for a great tutorial!!!

What Color is My Quilt?

I am not sure how many of you struggle with what color to make your quilt or other sewing project. I know that I do.

I know that some quilts just seem to flow when I look at them and everything seems 'right' about that quilt. Most of that has to do with color selections.

Sara over at the blog Becoming Martha has some great tips on colors and an awesome color wheel that could be adapted to choosing colors for your quilt.

Once you decided the purpose and person for your quilt, then you could choose your colors based on what you want your quilt to say.

Check out her blog entry's about choosing colors for your front door.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Free Pattern from Abbey Lane Quilts

I have another freebie for you! Abbey Lane Quilts is giving away a free pattern for their New Beatle Bag to 3 lucky people!

The Beatle Bag is a grab and go sewing bag. I need one so that I can be organized and have everything I need in one place!

If you need one, too, enter to win here!

Hurry, though. The giveaway ends on Monday, December 9, 2013.

Free Patterns

Who doesn't love free...espcially free quilt patterns!! Go here and find some beautiful quilts!

Monday, December 2, 2013

Christmas Time!

Yikes! How did it get to be December already?

I don't have any pictures from the October meeting, but will be posting those from our November meeting in the next day or two.

We won't have a meeting during December, so wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Our next meeting is in January. I hope everyone can be there...bring a friend!!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Cute Dresden Block Tutorial

Have you ever struggled with making a Dresden quilt block? I found an updated version of the block along with a great tutorial at Bee In My Bonnet. Her step-by-step pictures and instructions make it look so easy!

This is a great quilting blog with lots of informative tutorials. Earmark this site and visit often!

Click here to check it out!

Free Hand Embroidery Pattern

Do you need another project for the holidays? Do you like to do hand embroidery?

Have you ever wanted to learn to embroider? Mary's blog is a great site to check out. She has some really good tutorials here.

Visit Mary at Needle 'n Thread for this free pattern!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Website Additions

I have added links to various, shops, tutorial, blogs and more. If you have some personal favorites, let me know and I will be glad to add them.

Have a very happy Thanksgiving and I hope everyone is able to spend time with family and friends.

I am so thankful for such great friends and my wonderful family! What are you thankful for?

Thursday, September 26, 2013

September 2013 Meeting

The Texas Star Quilters met on Tuesday, September 17 and had a fun program and several show and share items from attendees.

The program for the evening was a great way to recycle button: How to Make Button Bracelets! A couple of the members were even able to finish theirs before everyone left for the evening.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Welcome to our blog! We have changed our name and so are starting a new blog.

Please bear with me as I build this site.

Our next meeting is September 17, 2013.

I hope you will join us!