I'm so happy to be included in the Blog Hop celebrating the release of Barbara's new book Diamond Star Quilts. One of the things I love best about discovering a new quilting book is obviously the gorgeous photos, the inspiration for new projects and the fun techniques to be learned, but what really catches my attention are the surprises. I love the unexpected bits of information, tips or added tutorials about something totally unexpected. And I found just that in this book.
Most of her quilts use strip piecing (we all know how much I love that!) and fun cutting techniques to simplify the process. But what really caught my attention was the fun border around this star! It's not at all what you think it is. Instead of piecing a million bits, she has an awesome technique for fusing and applique that allows you to make one long strip, then attach it to the quilt top.
I can't wait to try this technique! I never would have thought of the method she uses, which seems super fun and simple. I want to add it to a long table runner border for some pizzazz. I also think it would make a great technique for adding trim to a tote bag. It is a method that could be used on an project of any size really and I can't wait to try it!
If you would like a chance to win a copy of this book (and trust me you do) please leave a comment letting me know how many star quilts you've made (or plan to make). If you haven't made a star quilt, this book is perfect for you! I'll choose a winner on Friday.
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Thanks for hopping along!
Star quilts are my favorite, but I've never done one like this. This book looks awesome!ReplyDelete
I agree, that Star quilt is awesome! I would love to make it, too. I have made one star quilt, but would love to make more.ReplyDelete
I have made 3 star quilts but I’d love to make more. Stars and baskets- tiny pieces all are appealing and challenging to me!ReplyDelete
Looking forward t hearing more about this book. Barbara is a master.ReplyDelete
I have not made a star quilt, but I love Barbara's work. I was privileged to see an exhibit of her quilts at the Virginia Quilt Museum several years ago . firstname.lastname@example.orgReplyDelete
i have never made one, but I have quilted quite a few and they always intrigue me.... these look so amazing!!ReplyDelete
I have not made a star quilt, but this certainly inspires me to make one (or two)! Thanks for the opportunity to win this book!ReplyDelete
I made a broken star as a wedding quilt for our daughter. I love that border around the star, it just adds some lovely bling. Happy stitching!ReplyDelete
I’m not sure how many star quilts I’ve made as I too love the stars! I have one of Barbara’s books already and would love to win this one- so many beautiful patterns!ReplyDelete
I have made many quilts with stars in it, but have not made a "star" quilt like Barbara's.ReplyDelete
I have made several star quilts, but none like the ones in this book. There are some very unusual stars that I would love to explore further!ReplyDelete
I have made 2 lone star quilts and several lemoyn. I want to make more and look forward to checking out the book.ReplyDelete
I don't know for sure how many star quilts I've made (been piecing and quilting since the late 70s) but I've never made a Lone Star. Sounds like this book would be the perfect entry!ReplyDelete
:) Linda (lindaschiffer at me dot com)
Congratulations Linda! You are the winner!! I will forward your information to Barbara so C&T can send you a copy of the book. Thanks for playing along!Delete
I've made several quilts with stars, but never a Lone Star type. This book sound like a good one to have in my library!ReplyDelete
Adding star blocks to my projects is always a favorite. This technique looks very interesting and I'd love to try it! I've made at least 6 projects using stars, but not all full-sized quilts...some are table runners or totes.ReplyDelete
duchick at gmail dot com
I've never made any star quilts, but I look forward to making one or more.ReplyDelete
I'm pretty old so I have made a lot of them over the years but Barbara's techniques are always wonderful so I am sure I will want this book.ReplyDelete
I don't know how many star quilts I've made, but it's a bunch. I agree that the border on this one is really special.ReplyDelete
A star quilt was one of the first quilts I made, some 40+ years ago.ReplyDelete
I love looking at quilts that features these star blocks, but I've never tried one myself. They look hard! LOL! Maybe a wall hanging or table topper is where I need to start! :)ReplyDelete
I love star blocks and have made many, but only one star quilt so far, a king sized Lone Star. I'd love to try another one!ReplyDelete
Love the book cover quilt! I have made lots of smaller star blocks but I did start A Broken Star queen size quilt years ago. I had several issues and put aside. Now might be a good time to locate that UFO and finish it! Barbara's book could be a big help!ReplyDelete
I love the stars!! thanks for the giveaway♥ReplyDelete
I make lots of quilts with str blks but not one big star, since I am 72 I guess it's time!ReplyDelete
I have been planning a Lone Star quilt with a jelly roll I won for about 5 years. I would love to see variations of star quilts in Barbara's new book.ReplyDelete
I've made about three star tops but not quilted them (yet)! mumbird3atgmaildotcomReplyDelete
I made one lone star quilt, which is waiting to be quilted!! The book looks great, lovely quilts!!ReplyDelete
I have never made a star medallion but I’ve seen at least one on this hop I’d love to make!ReplyDelete
I have not made a star quilt like these. I love the zigzag around the outside of your star.ReplyDelete
I've made many quilts with stars in them, but never a single star as the whole quilt. I've got a UFO from a class of a Lone Star style block, but alas never finished and probably never will. This book looks intersting and that border treatment intriguing.ReplyDelete
I have not made a star quilt- they always look too hard !!!- love the faceted winter star quilt with that unique borderReplyDelete
I have made two star quilts that I can remember but stars are my favorite.ReplyDelete
I have made two star quilts and many star blocks. This book looks like it would be a good addition to my library.ReplyDelete
This is my favorite star yet! I have never made a star quilt but I’ve been wanting to. This book seams very beginner friendlyReplyDelete
I have made three star quilts, and would love to learn new techniques to keep up with the latest!ReplyDelete
Wow, this star quilt is spectacular! This looks like a Lone Star variation, which is on my lifetime bucket list. Any technique to make it easier is fantastic.ReplyDelete
I love star quilts. I have made at least 8 or 10 over the years. Looks like a great book.ReplyDelete