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Thread: Barbara Brackman's "Stars in Her Crown"

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    Barbara Brackman's "Stars in Her Crown"

    Anyone planning on doing Barbara Brackman's "Stars in Her Crown" ? It's only 9 blocks and looks like fun. Posts are also a very interesting read - she gives lots of historical info about Queen Victoria. I may try doing it in batiks or a mix of traditional and contemporary instead of all traditional fabrics.

    Summary is Dec 28 blog post and first block is given in the Jan 5 post
    http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/

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    Thank you for posting this link. She has a lot of interesting information.

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    Conchalea - I hope you join me in creating these blocks It will be fun!
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    I watched the TV series "Victoria" and really liked it although I know that the producers probably used "dramatic license" to enhance the story. Although it is fun to watch a TV series it is always interesting to learn more about historical figures like Queen Victoria and her Royal Family and read verified information about their lives.

    Barbara Brackman is a terrific historian and I found the information and photos of Queen Victoria and her first daughter that she presented in her blog very fascinating.
    http://barbarabrackman.blogspot.com/...ess-royal.html

    Barbara has designed nine blocks named after each of Queen Victoria's children. She will be posting on her blog a new block each week on Saturday (started this week) through to March - Block 1 is already posted. The blocks can be paper pieced or completed using templates. Please visit her blog for further details. Her pattern is also available to purchase from her Etsy store.

    Do join me for this project!! As I said above in my first post, I think it will be fun to sew these pretty blocks and possibly see what fabrics others may choose to use.

    **Again, Please remember that this is for personal use only and do not re-post any copyright photos or information from Barbara's blog or any Facebook links here.

    Ok I'm off to pull fabric from my stash!!
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    I too watched the TV show and enjoyed looking at the blog;. She had loads of information and great pictures. It was fun to see what Victoria really looked like. I won't be joining your quilt project as I am overloaded with making my own family a pile of quilts. What do you call many quilts? a tribe? a clutch? a herd? a flock?

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    I may make some of the blocks-I do like this first one. I have an art quilt I want to make, plus a winter-themed project. My fabric amounts will determine the final size of that one. I may play around with fabrics to
    see if I can make a pleasing Vicky block.

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    I've read a lot of Barbara Brackman's posts. She has more than one blog that she writes. Her photos and 'history lesson' are always interesting to me. Her books are the same, very informative and historical. I especially like the research she does about patterns and techniques, showing photos of quilts housed in museums or collections that illustrate what she is talking about.

    She just posted yesterday about an antique quilt where triangles were made with strings, which was interesting to me as it reminded me of the recent BHMQ Good Fortune, where the string technique was used for a rectangle. BB is always quick to point out the historical use of the block patterns she uses. Even if she tweaks a pattern, she doesn't seem to call it her own, but rather gives her unique spin of the pattern and how what she chose to use is rooted in history. BB is a wonderful asset to the world of quilting.

    I plan to follow along for this series of posts. I'm not sure if I'll also start sewing the project. The sewers that work on BB's patterns often use the most lovely reproduction fabrics! They make me drool. Wish I had those in my stash!

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    I have been searching frantically through my stash looking for a particular fabric for this project and can't find it!! I think the "gremlins" that live in my sewing area have hidden it away - my sewing area is a disaster after the flurry of Christmas projects and it was the "dumping ground" for getting boxes and "stuff" out of the way for the holidays so I am slowly trying to get it back together and find that fabric! It would probably be easier to just go to a local quilt shop and buy something!!

    Hope you are having better luck with your fabric choices - do share and post your progress
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    I saw on Pinterest a bargello quilt using some fabric called Efferevense....not spelled right. I had bought two yards at great expense at a quilt show in Chicago..//now here was a place to use this. But I could not locate it. Finally, my eye caught a little green carrying case that Missouri Star Quilt Co. had sent me with fat quarters in it. Sure enough, I had thought to highly of that fabric that I had hidden it in that case.

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    I love the effervescence fabric - they came up with even more of it the last few years.

    I really enjoyed reading the blog for this - not sure if I'll make the blocks or not.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    Do you mean this Kauffman fabric?
    https://www.fabric.com/buy/0302696/e...iABEgJCOvD_BwE
    I think it would look nice with Kaffee Fassette fabrics.

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    Block 2 is up this morning on BBs website!! Very pretty!

    Givio - I do agree that bright colors or jewel tones would look nice.

    I do like the triangles in these blocks to give the illusion of gems. There are so many fabrics that will look good with this design! This could be done in traditional reproduction fabrics or more contemporary or even solids. I'm thinking of using a few fabrics that have metallic gold or silver highlights to increase the sparkle of the block. I will have to experiment this weekend and catch up before the next block.
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    Wow, #2 already! I really liked the fabric colors Mark Lauer used on the first block. His second is just as nice.

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    Mark Lauer blocks are different from the other examples used on BBs blog - two different fabrics are used for the B template in each of the blocks and it gives a more dimensional feel around the the center triangle design. I really like the effect ..... hmmm - Thanks for referring to it Givio ...... I just might change up my fabrics and make a new block... will let you know
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    I do like this very much and would sure like to get totally into it. Problem is I'm so busy right now.
    Create something beautiful from scraps.

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    costumegirl, Did you make the first block yet? Got a picture of it to share?

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    It has been a busy weekend - our niece and her husband are here from the west coast for a visit so no sewing but lots of good family time We haven't seen them since their wedding in August 2017.

    I ordered a few fabrics for this project to try to find "the perfect color" for the outside template and it should arrive in a few days. This template makes up the secondary block that makes a star when the blocks are put together. My beginning blocks are partially done minus the outside template. I am struggling with fabric choices/color but I guess the best way to figure it out is to just try the options. I am not using reproduction fabrics right now but may make another set with the red repro fabrics that I have to do more traditional - will see if I have time but I'm finding with the first blocks that have been posted that it doesn't take long to make - LOL the longest process for me so far has been coordinating my color choices. I will post pics in a few days.

    If anyone has thought of fabric choices or started the beginning blocks please share so that we can all be motivated to get our creativity going
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    BattleAxe - I have not seen effervescence fabric - what is it like?
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    Quote Originally Posted by costumegirl View Post
    BattleAxe - I have not seen effervescence fabric - what is it like?
    check my link I posted in our conversation?

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    oops missed that - pretty fabric! Woohoo the fabric I ordered may be here tomorrow. - hoping it plays nice with the others!
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    #3 block is available!

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    I've been saving the blocks - hope to get to them at some point.
    My name is Cathy - and I'm addicted to old sewing machines and their attachments.

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    Ok all of our family left yesterday just ahead of the ice storm that hit us last night so today is laundry and more laundry - we had a terrific time - there were 17 of us last Saturday for dinner at my BIL's - lots of fun to be with all especially to see the 20-30 yr olds interact with each other.
    So now I can concentrate of Victoria's crown! Yeah!

    I have to catch up and finish 1 & 2 - Has anyone started the #3 block? I will have to go through my scraps to see if I can find some accent fabrics for the center.

    Anyone else creatively chugging along with this project?
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    Block 4 is on BB's blog - It is a very interesting block dedicated to Alfred ("Affie"). There are 3 lovely samples that are shown on her blog. Each show how this block can have different 'dimensional' effects depending on the fabric used behind the center 4 pointed star. The fabric used in the last example by Becky Brown has lots of depth and is quite striking.

    I hope to post a few pics of my efforts for the beginning blocks possibly tomorrow. I wasn't totally happy with the fabric that I chose for the secondary background star that makes up the edges of the blocks so I did a little tweaking and drafting of those section pieces. I will try it out today and possibly the result will be more to what I imagined in my mind's eye for that fabric. LOL hopefully it works out.
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    Hello. I just recently found this Mystery and decided to join in. I am even more excited to learn there is a quiltingborad with like minded folks! I am a little behind, I am still choosing fabrics, or I just might go with a scrapy sorta look with maybe a fat quarter for each block. Hope you all are having Wonderful Quilty Days!

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