There is nothing better than finishing a quilt top. This one I call Cuddle Stars. It was made with some fat quarter bundles of flannels I purchased a couple of years ago during a huge summer sale at Hamels Fabrics in British Columbia on the west coast. I used the Lucky Stars pattern from Atkinson Designs that is the perfect project for using fat quarters.
The quilt might look very familiar to you. I have made this same quilt twice. One quilt is mine that I use to "cuddle" up in as I watch TV, the same quilt that was used as the pattern for "My Wooden Quilt" and the borders of my blog post. You can read about it HERE.
The second quilt was made about a year ago for my friend Shopper Mom.When I was making that quilt, I decided to cut enough fabric for two quilts at the same time. Finally, after spending time in a closet, the pieces were brought out and "Cuddle Stars" was reborn with a few extra fabrics thrown into the mix.
All my quilts have to be tested first on the clothesline...
and of course, within a minute or two, the quilt was flying high!
I brought it down to earth and hung it over the railing on the deck. You can see where the fallen leaves gather on a windy day!
My other flannel quilts were hand-quilted with perle cotton using a utility stitch, but this time, to save wear and tear on my wrist, I may send it out to be machine quilted.
Last March I hosted a Pay It Forward program on my blog in which three winners from the comments entered on that post would receive a small quilt. Quilt One went to Sue in Alberta at Chickadees Country Cottage Crafts. You can see it in Sue's house HERE.
Quilt Two went to Kerstin at Cookies Treasures in Germany. She just recently received it and has shared beautiful pictures of my quilt (adorned by a vintage sewing machine) and the story on her blog. For some reason, I popped the small quilt into the mail to go to Germany without taking a picture first, so I borrowed a picture that Kerstin took of the quilt when it arrived at her house.
Kerstin is now hosting a Pay It Forward program at her blog. Make sure you visit her and enter for a chance to get involved in Paying It Forward so that you have the chance to win a little treasure. All the details are on her blog HERE. Quilt 3 has also reached its destination and I'll blog about that at a later date.
A huge shout out goes to Rita, prolific quilter and designer, who blogs at Red Pepper Quilts. Her blog is filled with inspiration, her shop is filled with fabulous patterns, many on my "bucket list", and she has wonderful and generous sponsors so is always hosting giveaways!
I was the fortunate one recently to win a copy of Lori Holt's new book, "Quilty Fun". Lori blogs at Bee in My Bonnet. If you haven't visited her blog yet, you are missing a bucket full of quilty inspiration so visit soon. The book was a giveaway prize thanks to Rita's sponsor, the Fat Quarter Shop. You can preview the book HERE.
The best part of winning this book right now is that there is The Quilty Fun Sew Along and Blog Tour that just started. The Fat Quarter Shop is hosting this sampler sew along using Lori's book, nineteen bloggers to help us play, and promises of lots of prizes and giveaways. I am already seeing the first block of four apples popping up in blog land and I want to make an orchard too! Off I go to check the mail...
It's a great day to quilt!