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    Question Bristol Star

    Recently a friend who is not a quilter sent me a px of a gorgeous quilt from an unknown quilt show. I love this quilt and want to make one of my very own. But I cannot find a pattern or a book with the pattern. I don't even know who the original artist is. Any help locating a source for this beauty would be greatly appreciated.

    Here is a link (courtesy of the moderators): https://i.pinimg.com/736x/4e/95/0b/4...tar-quilts.jpg

    The gorgeous colors are a bit washed out, but it's a good view of the layout.

    Thanks for any hints or directions you can offer!

    Rusty
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    Looks like a Judy Mathieson quilt to me. She specializes in Mariner's Compass quilts.

    Edit: Interesting. You will find the quilt in multiple places if you Google Judy Mathieson and click on "images". It looks to have been on Pinterest multiple times. However, I cannot access any of those pictures. I assume there was some copyright issue and the links were removed over it. As far as I have been able to make out so far, this quilt is a variation made by someone else but based on Judy M's design. You can probably recreate it from one of her books. If I am remembering correctly, she designs the circles on freezer paper, cuts them apart, then uses the freezer paper to piece the circles together.

    Edit 2: Looks like the inspiration was Judy Mathieson's quilt Bristol Stars 2004. Most likely the quilt you are looking at was based on that quilt and perhaps the creator did not properly attribute the basis of the design to JM. This is just speculation on my part, though.

    Edit 3: This quilt incorporates the corner geese design around the circles, attributing the inspiration to JM. Looks like your quilt may have combined this idea with JM's Bristol Stars quilt.
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    Definitely Judy Mathieson. The quilt is featured in her book https://www.amazon.com/Mariners-Comp...judy+mathieson but there is no pattern for it that I am aware of. I believe it was one of her show quilts. But someone who is very brave could probably figure out how to make it with some of the instructions in her book. The only thing she doesn't tell you how to draft are those circling geese that wrap around the outer stars. She shows how to make draft a circling geese pattern but not one that disappears over and under like that.

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    Oops. Forgot the link for my Edit 3 above. This is the quilt that features the circling geese in the corner circles:
    http://marthaschellingerhoudquilts.webstarts.com/

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    There's a blog entry http://quiltsoflove.blogspot.com/201...tol-stars.html at that shows very similar quilt (without the layered flying geese) with some fantastic quilting. Definitely inspirational.

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    Prism, I wonder where the blogger you linked to got the 2004 year, unless Judy maybe made it more than once. In the book if you go to the Amazon link I provided and use the "look inside" function you will see the same quilt Rusty Hills provided a link to pictured on page 13 and it is dated 1999. However the colors are slightly different from Rusty's link so maybe she did make it more than once or it could just be variations between sources.

    Judy does have a website perhaps you can contact her and see if she has the pattern available for sale.
    http://www.judymathieson.com/Judy_Ma...n/Welcome.html

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    I think you're right and that the blog poster got the date wrong. I just found the exact original quilt by Judy Mathieson on her website quilt gallery here:
    http://www.judymathieson.com/Judy_Ma...ge_Quilts.html . It's called Bristol Stars and dated 1999. It does include the geese circles in the corners too. Maybe she wanted photos of it confined largely to her own publications and website.

    Looks like she included directions for the center in her book, but omitted directions for the corner circles.

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    Looking at what Amazon shows for the book with its "Look Inside!" feature, the book includes entries in the index for "Circling Geese" and "Expanding Checkerboard". The paper piecing patterns shown include the one for circling geese.

    If the book does not include instructions for making the layered geese, it's not too hard to extend the idea of the circling geese to make the layered geese. You need to have a paper piecing pattern for the large radius circle in the center and another one for the smaller radius circles in the corners, and both need to use the same size geese. You make a good size strip for the larger circle (with the geese flying clockwise) and then add a strip for the smaller circle (with the geese flying clockwise).

    The whole quilt is magnificent, but boy is that a *lot* of piecing. If you've never done anything remotely as complex as this, you may want to to try out a smaller version of some of these ideas to see whether or not you find it enjoyable before you dive into a large scale version.

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    Thank you, everyone! Now I have some places to look! I'm just finishing up a Giant Dahlia and hope to make this my next project. I've been at this since I was 12 (I'm 71) and love a challenging new project!!!

    Thank you all so much!

    Rusty

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    Go for it!! "Challenging new project" indeed. Amazing quilt.

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    Rusty,
    I highly recommend Judy's book that I linked to in Amazon. She teaches you how to draft all sorts of MC in it as well as circling geese and expanding checkerboard. I have the book and love it and it is definitely a good resource for those up for a challenge! The book also includes some patterns but I love that it teaches you how to draft your own. And if you have EQ that may help as well. I do hope you come back and show us what you did, as well as posting pictures of some of your other projects. We would love to see them!

    Here is a link to a quilt I made using this book. Not near as ambitious as Bristol Stars. https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...n-t161213.html

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    That is some pretty quilt. I wish Judy Neimeyer (Quiltworx) made that pattern, because she includes the papers with her patterns. I haven't gotten brave enough to try hand drafting that type of quilt. Now the question is....can I draw one in EQ7 that I could use? Somewhere in my very messy sewing room is the Judy Mathieson book. Maybe I should go find it. "smile"
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    Quote Originally Posted by feline fanatic View Post
    Rusty,
    I highly recommend Judy's book that I linked to in Amazon. She teaches you how to draft all sorts of MC in it as well as circling geese and expanding checkerboard. I have the book and love it and it is definitely a good resource for those up for a challenge! The book also includes some patterns but I love that it teaches you how to draft your own. And if you have EQ that may help as well. I do hope you come back and show us what you did, as well as posting pictures of some of your other projects. We would love to see them!

    Here is a link to a quilt I made using this book. Not near as ambitious as Bristol Stars. https://www.quiltingboard.com/pictur...n-t161213.html

    Great information! I've gone ahead and ordered this book. Can't wait to see it!

    Thanks again, everyone!

    Rusty

    PS That's a gorgeous quilt and I Love the tiger!
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    I have been drooling over this quilt for some time. If anyone finds a pattern please PM me. I don't have the skills to draft something like this myself. Somewhere in the huge mess that is my sewing roomI think I have Judy's book.

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    It is a quilt designed by Jacqueline deJonge. Her website is Jacqueline deJonge BeColorful.
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    What courage you have to tackle this gorgeous masterpiece. Keep us posted with your progress. Absolutely stunning!
    SEW MUCH FUN!

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    very ambitious quilt. I wish you the best in replicating it.

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    Well, to update you....I found the book on Amazon and ordered it. It was supposed to have arrived already. Instead the USPS tracking site says it has been delayed. It's been saying that for a couple of days now and I have this sinking feeling that something happened to my book.... Ah, well. It'll get here someday, right?!?



    Rusty

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    It will get there. I ordered one from Amazon at about the same time and mine was slow to arrive. Finally arrived Jan 16th. I didn't have any delays once it shipped, though.

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