Vintage Lone Star

Today’s Treasure is a vintage Lone Star quilt top.

I would date it to 1900 or there about.  It is well made and should be easy to quilt!  Often this pattern is a chore to get quilted because it bulges out in the center….here is an example of another one in my collection that lost the battle of the bulge.


This is a rather extreme example of what can happen when you don’t keep accurate seam allowances when piecing.  I will need to totally re-make this or do some drastic cutting to get it flat.

Fortunately this new one is ready to go!  Here are some pictures (click to enlarge)

It might seem like I drive myself crazy with too many ideas going on in my head at once and too many quilts going all at once but I have long since decided that it is the only way I can work.  If I get the urge to start something I need to do it or I wont be able to focus on anything!

With that in mind here is what I started last night.


My quilting friend Pepper Corey sent me some thread to try out.  It is Presencia 40 weight thread (website here ) and while it is not labeled as hand quilting thread it does the job.  It is different from the other hand quilting threads in that it does not have a glace finish so I find that using a thread conditioner like thread heaven (the little blue box in the picture) makes it work for me.  It is available in a lot of colors and hand quilting thread is not easy to find in more than just a few colors.  I will be buying more and I think it will also be perfect for hand piecing…it is a good strong thread.

I used the blue thread to test because a contrasting thread color really shows the stitches.  The real coincidence is that Just a few days ago I was at my local quilt store, Country Stitches,  and purchased a stencil.  I thought it was beautiful but didn’t know what I would do with it. But I had to buy it!

I read the label after I had this started this and it was designed by none other than Pepper Corey!  small world we quilters live in!

The stencil is called Elizabeth’s Star and it is #PCW 147  Ask for it at your favorite quilt store.

This is in an 18″ hoop and using a piece of fabric I had on hand, so shall we call it an 18″ whole cloth quilt?  Eventually I will make it into a pillow.  Now that I have played with the stencil and thread I plan to use them both in future quilting.

but for now back to work on some of the many already started projects

Happy quilting


Rainy Day

Its been raining off and on today and yesterday so I have not spent any time in the garden.  I have been working on quilting but I didn’t want to show more pictures of that until It is done.  I have been trying to think of something original to post about today so I decided to show another vintage UFO.

This Lone Star quilt top is nearly finished.  I will just need to add the setting pieces to finish it and do a bit of patching.

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It is 64″ wide so it will make a good-sized quilt.

There is a hole in it (likely mice)

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Fortunately I have lots of the original fabric and the original makers template.

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I have to decide what to put in those corners and since I have matching fabric I might do something like this:



Or I could do the traditional setting


There is no big rush to decide!…I have tons of others that are ready to go, but I am always thinking several quilts ahead.

In Floral Design class last night I taught about Tropical flowers and using negative space.

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Happy Quilting


Another eBay Treasure

Todays mail brought me another treasure from eBay. 

I don’t know the pattern name but it is close to a lone star. 

I always know when the mail carrier is here because Teddy the watch dog is very vigilant!   Barking at the Mail carrier is his Job. When there is a package he won’t rest until I open it up and let him see what it is…he needs to determine if it is something good for him or not and of course spend some time sniffing before he approves.

Is it going to be ok Teddy?  Teddy says yes.

It is a big top, It measures 88″ x 105″.  There is a lot of room for hand quilting!  I will need to spend some time deciding on a quilting pattern. This one is exciting me and I can not wait to start….I think it needs a blue binding to match the darker blue in the center, and perhaps even dark blue for the backing.

I can’t get very close on the age of the top…I think 70’s?  It is all machine stitched and the fabric is a cotton poly blend (the print is all cotton).  Not and antique but vintage.

I am making progress on the Japanese fan variation quilt.  I have 40 blocks had quilted.

No matter how many quilts I make I am still always amazed at how the quilting changes the look.  The quilting makes the quilt.

Yesterday I got a new cutting mat!  A nice big one…36″ x 59″

The large mat will be an incentive to put away all the “extra” stuff on the table…I need almost the entire table to fit the mat.

Back to work today on the fan quilt….I am anxious to finish it so I can start the big star!

I also updated my Quilt Gallery

Happy Quilting