Last week was a pretty busy one. I got a lot done and I’m super happy about that. I finished the quilting on a couple of customer quilts, taught the first session of my Painted Stars class and also found time to do some piecing…for myself!! Surprised? Me too. Surprised and happy!

So let me share some pictures with you.

Painted Stars Quilt Class
Making those flying geese!

On Thursday, I got to spend the afternoon with a great bunch of ladies who want to make my Painted Stars quilt. I felt so honored that these women would spend their time to stitch up a quilt I had designed. There are 10 women in class and they are making beautiful stars.

Painted Stars Quilt Class

One of the ladies sewed her first star block together in a different way than the pattern states. She wasn’t happy, but the class consensus was that we really liked her block. I think I need to make a quilt using this alternate block design – I really like it!

Painted Stars block - alternate layout

We will meet again on April 4th to put the quilt together. The ladies have two weeks to finish making all their star blocks. Watching them happily sewing away made me want to make another Painted Stars quilt. Wonder if I have time to get 28 stars made before then?? Hmmm….

One of the quilts I finished quilting was made by Dee, who was my very first longarm customer. Dee is a prolific quilter and keeps me busy with all the tops she makes. Her latest one is this lovely lavender quilt:

Dee's Lavendar Quilt

I used a combination of ruler work (piano key border), free motion (ribbon candy border), and computerized quilting (body of quilt and second border) to complete her quilt. She is so very pleased with the way it turned out and I am too. Every time I turn on my machine and use the ProStitcher I learn something new and I’m getting more comfortable with it.

Our local HQ dealer (and best quilt shop around) will be hosting a HQ educator for a weekend of training in June and I can’t wait to take those classes. It will be a weekend of ProStitcher exclusively and I know I’ll learn a lot.

Dee found a great wide back print for her backing fabric. The texture shows but the stitching doesn’t. Can I just say how much I love seeing quilty texture?

Quilting by Beth Sellers

I brought new fabric home with me the other day. Imagine that! Have you guys seen the Bohemian Rhapsody line by Dan Morris for Quilting Treasures? It is so stunning! The fabric fades from dark to light across the width. Bolts & Quarters got in the entire line and I couldn’t resist bringing some home.

Yesterday I found a few minutes to cut a few strips and make some four patch blocks. I don’t know if it’s possible, but the fabric is even prettier once it’s cut and sewn back together.

Bohemian Rhapsody fabric four patches

See what I mean? I’m pretty sure I need to add more of this to my stash. I mean, I only got three of the colors. There’s about nine more I should probably have. LOL

I hope I’m able to keep this project front and center. I really want to see the fabric play together in a quilt top. Later this week I’ll be traveling to visit my sister. We’ll be going to the AQS show in Lancaster, PA. I plan on having some time in her sewing room and this will be the project I take to work on.

Oh, I almost forgot! I’ve found my next wool project.

wool applique

This is a pic of the sample in the store. I purchased the kit. Since it’s a fall piece, I figure I have plenty of time to get it finished. We’ll see…

Because I’ll be traveling I may be a bit behind on responding to your comments. Sister lives in a very rural area and internet service is pretty sketchy. But I will respond as soon as I can. I love the conversations I have with you and love reading all your comments.

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