Friday, August 2, 2019

Masterpiece Quiltings. Christmas Collection Blog Hop

Hi, and thanks for reading.  

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I've met some wonderful quilters online.  When Nancy asked for help to promote her book, Masterpiece Quilting Christmas Collection, I wanted to help.  You can order her book from Amazon.  There are many great designs in this book, and I picked 2 that I liked.  Nancy suggested I choose the cover quilt, the Friendship Stars Throw.  My initial idea was to use scraps, but when I looked at the design again, and the piecing instructions, I decided to just choose 2 colors, like the original, but not for Christmas.  I also wanted to use older fabrics that I had, and not purchase anything.  That also meant I didn't use Island Batik.  I know, this is so unusual for me, not having an Island Batik quilt!  It was fun to dig through my fabrics, and I pulled out a Hoffman print from 2008, based on the yardage listed in my copy.  I had a 3/4 yard piece of yellow that looked pretty with the blue and yellow floral, and had a large enough piece of white tone on tone with a lacey look design to go with it.  

After I began cutting out the pieces, I realized that the published requirement was off.  And it was too late to try to find more of the blue fabric, so I made do with another blue print that looks okay, and only needed to use it for the center block, as I squeezed the Hoffman print scraps to make it work.  

The piecing directions and photos are great, but I opted to use my favorite method for creatign the blocks, using Quilt in a Day rulers.  That's one thing I love about using patterns.  If you prefer another method, use it.  I could have used the Accuquilt GO, as well.  

Please note, if you choose to make this design from the book, you'll need at least 2 yards of the RED fabric listed for blocks and borders.  There was also a missing cutting direction for the "GREEN" 2 7/8" squares for the Friendship block, you need 26.  It's the C square in the directions.  Just check your directions before proceeding, and verify that the yardage listed is enough to do the piecing.  I am opting to use a different fabric for binding, which is the same I used for the center block.  

 Hmm, if you happen to have a FQ or a 6" by 12"  scrap of that Hoffman fabric from 2008, please let me know.  I may opt to change out that center block.  It doesn't look bad in regular light, but with the sun coming from behind, it shows.

I love it and can't wait to get it on Vanna (my Handiquilter Amara) to be quilted.  I think I'm just going to do an edge to edge, but that may change once it's on the machine.  I'll share a post when it's done.  

Please also stop at the other bloggers for this hop to see their take on Nancy's designs, and to enter to win some of the patterns from Nancy's Masterpiece Quilting post.  
Lets Gather Table Runner

Wreath Runner and Wallhanging

Holly Topper

Becca - Pretty Piney
Suzy - Webster Quilt

Mug Rugs and Coasters

Poinsettia Bed Runner and Pillow

Stephanie - Quiltn' Party

Jingle Bells Quilt and Wall Hanging

Marian - Seams to be Sew

Mistletoe Magic Throw and Pillow

Marlene - Kissed Quilts
Rohn - Rohn Strong
Tammy - Tamarinis

Tree of Presents Wallhanging

Oh Christmas Tree

Joanne - Quilts By Joanne

Friendship Star Quilt

Anorina - Samelia's Mum
Ellen - Handmade 3D
Maryellen - Mary Mack Made Mine

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you choose to follow me by email, and have a great weekend!  Now I want to make the Mistletoe Magic quilt, too.  That would be fun scrappy.  What are you going to make?  

1 comment:

Anna brown said...

Great job I love it ty for sharing your work..