Friday, June 20, 2014

TGIFF: Spring "A Quilt Block a Day"

Our first season of "A Quilt Block a Day" since I took over from Karen has come to a close. It's hard to believe just three months ago I posted this:
A quilter and fabric designer whom I have admired for years is "retiring" from the quilting business. If you follow Karen Snyder on Facebook or on her blog, Anna Lena Land, you know she has recently purchased a home in Sweden and wants to spend part of the year there. So she is handing off her "Block a Day" Facebook group -- to me! 
Here is the link to my post announcing the Quilt Block a Day, and here is the tutorial for the first season. Tomorrow is the Summer Solstice (at 4:51 am in Denver!) so the tutorial for the Summer block will be posted then.

But in the meanwhile, here is my finished "Bethlehem Star" quilt, held by the helpful DH:


The finished quilt is 80" X 90" with 90 star blocks. I used my extensive collection of low-volume prints and as many Kona cotton solids as I could get my hands on.

Here is a detail of the meander pattern quilted with Superior Threads "Omni" in Natural White:


And here is a closeup of the "My Aunt Martha Made It" label (from GutenTags) and Susie's Magic Binding. Gotta love that bright orange backing fabric!



I'd love to see your Bethlehem Stars. Even if you didn't make 90 blocks, send me a photo of what you made and we'll have a "Quilt Block a Day" parade. How about we schedule it for Labor Day (that's September 1) so you can get your blocks sewn together?


Linking up to TGIFF Friday at Sew Fresh Quilts.


And Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? at Confessions of a Fabric Addict.

LAFF - Richard and Tanya Quilts

As well as Link-a-Finish Friday at Richard and Tanya Quilts.

Come back tomorrow for the Summer Quilt Block a Day tutorial!


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21 comments:

  1. That is Gorgeous! Love all the colors; so bright and cheerful.

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  2. Love that binding fabric, brilliant choice!

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  3. Thats a great scrap quilt - love the binding and backing too..

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  4. Beautiful quilt! I love the piped binding you added. That's something I really want to try, but chicken out or just decide to finish quickly.

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  5. Ooh, I love it! I love the pairing of the solids against the low volume background. Great job, Marti!

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  6. Okay, a few more to finish up and I think I have enough for a throw. I am working on a finish for June and then will sew the ones I have together and take apic. It is noce and bright!

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  7. Stunning! Speechless! Great photo of the quilt and DH!

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  8. Fabulous! Looks great. I'm in for the parade, but stitching them together now.

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  9. Please call me so I can give you my mailing address. That one has my name written allmover it. Very pretty.

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  10. Perfect scrappy goodness! Love the solids stars against the scrappy low volume background. That binding is such a gorgeous finish, Marti!

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  11. Your quilt is absolutely beautiful. Love the added touch of the magic binding.

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  12. Wow! What a scrappy gorgeous quilt! I love the colors and fabrics you used.

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  13. Good grief, I'm slow! lol Just downloaded the pattern and will work it up this summer AND join in on the next. Love the pictures posted of the any quilts made using this pattern.

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  14. Oh Marti, this is absolutely beautiful! The binding sets it off so well.

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  15. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

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  16. Turned out beautiful! Sending mine off to the quilters within the next couple of weeks.

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  17. Love the quilt. Hubby looks thrilled! I guess he thought you'd crop him out of the photo?!

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