Thursday, July 07, 2011

a pair of super stars

I made these quilts last spring/summer. It's really hard to quilt behind the scenes. It was for a good reason, though. This quilt pattern, (called Super Stars), is featured in the book Fresh Fabric Treats. I have to say, it's pretty fun to see your quilt in a book!! I was a little (ok, a lot) nervous, and a lot excited to see it in print. The book arrived on my doorstep a few weeks ago and I was able to flip through it. I was pleased as punch. It was a happy day!

So, this quilt (on the left) was made with Punctuation fabric, by American Jane, which is from last year.
This one (on the right) is made from Snippets fabric, also by American Jane, and it's even older than the Punctuation fabric...so I'm sorry to say, it's out of print. :(
I'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite between the two!
This is the back of the punctuation quilt.
This is the back of the snippets quilt. Can you tell that I made do with what I had in my stash for this one? I also made sure to include the extra block in the back. I love how it turned out.
Each quilt measures 72" finished. It's sooooooo nice to be able to (finally) blog about these!

62 comments:

Homeschool Mama said...

These quilts are beautiful!!! Can't wait to see the book.

Hanne said...

Lovely quilts :-)

Katherine said...

Both are gorgeous! I always love how the backs of your quilts are so creative.

Congrats on being published in Fresh Fabric Treats. I'm hoping to have a copy to look through soon.

angela said...

ooh - I never would have thought they were so big! Love the huge stars.

And your back is awesome. The make-do with stash backs always are I think.

And hurray for you having your pattern in the book. It is fun :)

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Your Super Stars are super stars Amanda!

Karen said...

Your quilts are really gorgeous! Now, I know that I'll be buying this book!

Karen

Allison said...

Oooo I love that backing!

Jane said...

Love them! Especially the star back on the one!
Jane

Goddess in Progress said...

Lovely! Did you make this with charm squares? Looks like it would be a really fun use for charms, I imagine you'd just have to trim the center ones.

QuiltinMama said...

Love 'em both and congrats on them appearing in the book!

amy smart said...

Love them both. You just can't go wrong with American Jane. :)

Congratulations on being in print!

Clair said...

I like them both. And the book was fun to look at. Yours is the best in the book. :)

Kevin Honnold said...

Just Beautiful, Amandajean! What a lovely experience to see your quilts in a book. I also like your resourcefulness in using that extra block in the backing. Making do is always a good thing! Happy Quilting!

Jayne said...

Well, Amandajean, this is Jayne, wife of Kevin, who left that last comment!! Actually, he was logged in on my computer, so when I commented, it came up as him! (Hoping that all makes sense! lol!)
Happy Quilting!
Jayne

Annalia said...

Very cute! I think I still have some of those lovely out-of-print fabrics in my stash, so it's fun to see them in your quilts. Good job waiting!

...and I love your yellow binding!

Michele said...

Love them! Can't wait to see the book!

Annie said...

Congratulations these are wonderful, you quilting superstar you!

Maria said...

Lovely!

Sarah said...

they're both beauties!

Kristie said...

Oh how exciting!!! I love scrap quilts and I really love how the fabrics "pop" against that background!! The backing is great too, could turn it over and use it that way too!

Have a great evening!
Kristie

Esch House Quilts said...

What terrific quilts! Congrats on being in the book :)

I love back too.

tink's mom said...

congratulations on a job well done. I couldn't pick a fav either. that happens to be my favorite basic block. You know, when in doubt make a star.

paulette said...

Both quilts are beautiful...and love the back!! Very sweet!
P

Linda said...

You never cease to amaze me, my friend! Congrats on the feature! :)

Debbie said...

darling! love the back and the stripey binding!

Jeannette said...

Crazy cute stars! Lovely finishings...happy summer to you.

BoogaJ said...

Love them -- and that back is gorgeous too!

Heather A said...

Such great work. I really love the back, too. Simple and effective.

Patchwork Sisters said...

Like both. Front and back! Congratulations!

Cheryl Arkison said...

Now that I have all the fabric for it, I should get going on mine!

Theresa said...

How fabulous! I have just pressed 'order' on this book....I can't wait for it to arrive. These quilts are lovely and well done for being part of the book's bakers.

Jennifer at Ellison Lane Quilts said...

So pretty and I love the back. Congrats on being in the book!

Deborah said...

They are charming. I bought the book and hope to get started on one for me.
Deborah

Paul said...

Those look Great!!

I Think I need to do a quilt with some white...

Paul
www.OutnumberedQuilter.com

ladybelle1234 said...

Just gorgeous. I always end up piecing the back. I thought that's what you supposed to do. ha

Shauna said...

Congratulations on being published! Both quilts are absolutely lovely and like you, I would have a hard time picking my favorite! Will be putting this book on my list.

Annessa said...

Those are fabulous! What exciting news for you! We knew you were great all along....but seeing someone put it in print just validates that!

ktquilts said...

Love them!!! Stars are always great quilts!!

Sarah Craig said...

I love both of them, but I especially love your "make do" back! Beautiful!!

Kim Walus said...

They are both awesome and what a fun quilt for the FFT book. Were you at quilt market? I was hoping to run into you! Congrats!

Quilting Yai Yai said...

They are both beautiful!
Congrats on them being in the book!
Deborah

Thimbleanna said...

That's an awesome back CrazyMom! And those are really cute quilts too -- as always from you!

Deb said...

Wow! Your quilts are gorgeous!!

I want to make one!!

Deb from clutteredquilter.blogspot.com

Anne Heidi said...

Both quilts are gorgeous! I can see why you have a hard time picking a favorite!

Annilu + Pele said...

I really do love your star quilts and - I swear! - I never thought I would say this one day, because normally I really don't like star-patterns on a quilt at all.
But these are so bright and wonderful...
(...by the way, I just ordered the book immediately!)

Heike

susiloci said...

Que maravilla de quilts!!!!

Nancy, Near Philadelphia said...

These are just stunning.

Chris said...

Pretty quilts - I wish I could see how they were quilted. Congratulations on the book deal!
All the best - Chris

Jessica Christensen said...

These are great. I love the fabrics too. Just a warm-your-heart feel to these.

perrymoffitt.com said...

Is it wrong that I love the back so so so much? I think you have solved my last minute wedding present dilemma. thank you for your amazing sewing!

Mitzi said...

So cute. I love the back! yeah!

Chris Ann said...

I love the back almost as much as the front!! How fun!

pratima said...

Congratulations!! Your star quilts are wonderful! Great choice for the backing!

Darcy said...

This was the pattern that I LOVED the most from the book - as soon as I saw it thought it would be perfect for my cherished FMF stash! Thanks for an awesome pattern!

Tracy said...

You go girl with your ROCKSTAR quilting self!!! Love the back... I really wish I could figure out how to align the front to the back...

Terriaw said...

So great to see the stars in person! I loved seeing them in the book - congratulations to you! You deserve to toot your horn for this. I'm always inspired by your inventiveness in using scraps. I adore the way you incorporated the star block on the back - such a cool effect.

Connie said...

Beautiful -- I think my daughter would love one like these for Christmas.

Sara said...

Those quilts are beautiful!!!

rachel said...

they are gorgeous! congrats.

Annalia said...

love, love!

janeen kelley said...

I recently purchased your book specifically to make this darling quilt but I'm confused about something. As I'm frustratingly unable to find a turnover in the fabric I want to quilt with, I wondered if I could just purchase a few more charm packs and cut them on the diagonal to make the star points. Your instructions state to cut the turnovers down to 5" anyway so I wondered if I could make it work with a charm pack because I'm in a bind. Thanks so much for your help!

amandajean said...

Janeen Kelly,

I don't think they make turnovers anymore, I'm sorry to say. That probably explains why you are getting so frustrated, huh? Anyhow, you could just buy extra charm packs...however, if you start with a 5" charm square for a half square triangle, you will lose some for the seam allowance, ending up with a 4" Half square triangle, not a 5" HST. I hope that makes sense! If you have further questions, email me at crazymomquilts@yahoo.com and I'd be happy to help.

AJ