Thursday, February 22, 2018

Northwoods Star Crossing

Here in the Pacific Northwest when the forest gets dense and you lose your horizontal bearing, sometimes you need to look up and follow the stars!

In quilting jargon, when the going gets tough, the tough quilt stars!

The pattern for this large-sized queen quilt was inspired by a small fragment of an antique quilt, and came from the February 2007 issue of McCall's Quilting. The unique setting highlights the star points and adds interest with pieced sashing posts. Using the cream print as the outer strips of the pieced sashing makes the star points in the blocks appear to float in the setting. 

 I pieced and then longarm machine-quilted it, using two techniques; computer assisted and hand-guided. The only hand-guided quilting was continuous; utilizing serpentine lines within the sashing strip seams, and SID around each sashing post as I travelled across the quilt to serpentine each sashing strip. All computer-assisted patterns were Lady of the Lake, from Donna Kleinke of One Song Needle Arts.

Quilting the borders
Border design close up
Border design as seen with triangle design finished
Sashing square quilting detail

Our ten-year old granddaughter was visiting last summer, and among other fun things, I taught her how to quilt. (The arm bandage came from a back handspring, not her first attempt at quilting! And yes, she finished her quilt and took it home within one week - it helps when grandma has a longarm ...). It just so happened I was finishing up my Northwoods Star Quilt when she was here. As I was hand-sewing the binding to the back of my quilt one evening, I was contemplating what to name it. She was watching, enthralled  with the whole process, so I asked her to help me with its name.  

 "What do you think?" I asked. 

"I think it looks like it came from the country, or from in the woods." She said. "So, you should give it a name that makes you think of a forest, or something."

Such wisdom! 

"Well, we live in the Northwest, so how about 'Northwest...something'?"

"How about 'Northwoods'?" she countered.

"Northwoods Star Crossing!!" I finalized, since 'Star Crossing' is the name of  the original pattern.

And there you have it :).

Monday, February 12, 2018

New patterns in stock!

Take a break and browse through recent additions to my pattern collection.

They could be on your next quilt!

Select from these E2E designs or from many others at your next studio appointment.

Connie Potter
Pacific Patchworks

Saturday, December 23, 2017

A Merry Christmas to One and All!

Full to the brim with Christmas cheer, this mystery quilt was designed by a small local quilt club ... 

At their first Christmas Mystery Quilt meeting, five women set guidelines: block dimensions, fabric color and a deadline to submit the blocks (as sewn into 5 identical rows) to the group organizer. They could select any block pattern as long as it was Christmas-themed. Before the reveal at the last meeting, the rows were distributed equally and sewn into five separate quilt tops by the organizer. 

Scroll down for a representation of the kinds of blocks they submitted, and the mystery reveal!

Some blocks came with tree lights and even some snow ...
Blocks with sage wisdom and gifts ready to go ...
Blocks with gay stockings danced with stars in the sky ... 
 Blocks sewn in whipped cream and red cherry pie ...
 Blocks sewn in the likeness we know as St. Nick ...
 ... with snowmen remarking "Let it snow, and be quick"!
 (We'll pause to look a moment before the reveal ...
At ornaments on the tree we like a great deal):

The reveal!

I hope their creativity inspires you to gather a few friends to make a mystery quilt next year!

My heart is full of gratitude for my many gifted clients who not only bring me incredible quilt tops, but real-life stories of caring, life and love. It's truly the Spirit of Christmas.

Merry Christmas!