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Thread: Mosaic Stars quilts

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    Mosaic Stars quilts

    Mom and I had a retreat weekend at my house this weekend. She helped me make a sample for a workshop I'll be teaching at our local guild in October. The main quilt is already made and shown to the members (here and at the guild), but I wanted a couple more examples in smaller sizes.

    The black one I made from fabrics pulled from my stash -- including the favorite fabric black border with squiggles -- an Alexander Henry print from 1997 -- that I've been hoarding for the right project. The "right project" never came along because I never could bear to cut into the fabric!! I am IN LOVE with this quilt....don't know what it is....just the colors I suppose and it's going to hang in my studio as soon as I finish layering, quilting, and binding it!! ! Guess I'm back in a brights/contemporary/artsy phase after 10 years stuck on 1800s reproductions, LOL!

    The pastel one Mother made from fabrics she pulled from my stash. I personally feel the yellow is too pale, but she refused to go with a more saturated yellow, so I suggested she make the border with the yellow, rather than in the micro-print beige. She struggled with the "butterflies" in the border -- Mom has dyslexia -- but bullied her way through and is very pleased with the results. This quilt will probably be sent to my former business partner in Austin to be sold at her birthing center's boutique.

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    Both very pretty, it's amazing how a pattern will look so different with different colors.
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    I think you found just the right quilt for that beautiful squiggle border. What a sensation, those colors make such a cheerful splash. Your mom's quilt is so soft and would make a beautiful baby or child's quilt.
    Kitsy

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    What a great pattern and your colors are wonderful on the black. Your mother did a very nice job on her quilt. The butterfly border is excellent. When you are dyslexic or dysgraphic, all the things appear to be going in different directions so it does get interesting.

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    Love this pattern. Wish I was closer to be in your workshop. It sounds like so much fun

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    I generally dislike pale yellows, but I love what your mom did with that one. This is a great pattern idea. I like both quilts, but I go more for the dramatic one with the black. Thanks for sharing them.

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    Isn't it amazing how a fabric just "speaks" to you and someday you know you will find the right place for it. That is beautiful and the pattern is just right for it.

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    Both are wonderful. The border on that first one is just so sharp.
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    Those are both beautiful. No wonder you didn't want to cut the fabric. It is spectacular, but you did it justice.
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    I love The border fabric on the first one. Both look great.
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    Both of these are terrific!!
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    Now you much fun did you guys have making this? And a project w/your mom...great memories for the both of you. Just love love the pattern! Job well done! I love making snowball blocks but never thought of this idea. Oh...just love it. Did I already say that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Julie in NM View Post
    Now you much fun did you guys have making this? And a project w/your mom...great memories for the both of you. Just love love the pattern! Job well done! I love making snowball blocks but never thought of this idea. Oh...just love it. Did I already say that?
    Julie,
    The main trick with these particular snowballs is to trim out the middle layer (I usually do NOT trim out that middle layer if I'm planning to machine quilt - keeping it in allows you to more easily/correctly line up to the next block/segment), and to press the seams open where 4 snowballs meet....in this case at all the star points.

    It's R-E-A-L-L-Y thick and makes the fabrics ripple when pressed if you don't take those two steps. (Poor Mom went first starting on her quilt; I got the bennie of hindsight when I began mine a few hours later!)

    Hours later this still hangs on my design board 6 feet away from me and I'm still looking at it constantly, LOL; the colors are even more fabulous "up close and personal"!

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    l love your black border fabric

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    Both are absolutely beautiful, beautiful pattern also.
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    I've never seen that black fabric, but I agree that it is beautiful. Both quilts are gorgeous!

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    Both quilts are wonderful! I love your black border!
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    Both are great!!! I love to look at different color choices for the same pattern!! Nice work...have fun at your class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jingle View Post
    Both are absolutely beautiful, beautiful pattern also.
    I couldn't agree more! I sure wish I lived close enough to take this class of your because I'd LOVE to have a quilt from this fabulous pattern! And speaking of fabulous, both of these quilts are! They couldn't be more different from each other but they're both equally gorgeous. I personally like the pale yellow. It makes for such a soft, dreamy quilt! And yours says "LOOK AT ME!"! And that's fabulous! P. S: if you're all done with your Civil War prints, you can send them to me... LOL!
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    Very nice pattern!

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    Very unusual, almost a bow-tie, pattern. I really like it. And you're right, the border is stunning. I would hoard it, too, except that the right project did finally come along. This is definitely it!

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    Both are just beautiful. But I really like the black one. Love the pattern!

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    It looks like you had a lovely retreat with great results.
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    I can see why that beautiful border fabric was saved for so long! You found the perfect project - and now you get to see it every day as the gorgeous finish of a fabulous quilt. Mom's quilt is darling. Your suggestion really helps pull out the pale yellow. Looks like a great weekend.

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    I love both quilts , the 2 of you did a beautiful job. joyce j

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