Monthly Archives: July 2019

A Quilt By Any Other Name

make-it-modern-e1562531223487.jpgCall this what you will, I have to admit it’s one of my favorite designs yet. It’s a modern-style quilt, inspired by folk lore.  Here in northern Montana, on our coldest winter days, ice crystals will form in the air, and the sunlight playing off of these crystals sometimes makes it appear that there are two smaller suns flanking the real sun. These reflections are called “Sun Dogs.”

Sun Dogs TitleI won’t be telling you how to make this quilt in this post, because the pattern is included in the latest issue of Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts magazine. The editors chose to call it “Stars Over Santa Fe”.  In fact, this pattern is the one I mentioned in last September’s StarStruck challenge post. I hadn’t used Island Batik fabrics for the sample quilt.

With all the open space available in this quilt, I knew I was going to send it to Tiffany Barcus at Unique Quilting and let her turn her mad longarm quilting skills loose on it. I texted her a sketch of the quilt top, and she immediately started firing back quilting design options. I love it when someone gets as excited about one of my quilts as I do. I liked all of Tiffany’s ideas, and fell in love with three of them. Since I couldn’t choose just one, I made a second quilt top, this one featuring Island Batiks.

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For the magazine quilt, we combined the filigree quilting, with little “ice crystals” sprinkled in the open spaces. The crystals were made with an iridescent thread, so they have a little shimmer.

Filigree in Progress

For my Island Batik quilt, I chose the “mosaic” quilting pattern, which combined with the brown, blue and green fabrics, I think gives the whole quilt a little more “masculine” appeal.  I used Aurifil threads to piece this quilt, and Hobbs Warm and Natural® batting.

IB Detail 3

My friend Cheryl also made a top for Tiffany to work her magic on. Cheryl chose the concentric circles option for her quilt.


I have always loved designing pieced quilt patterns, but to be honest, my creativity stalls when it comes to the actual quilting. That’s why I am so grateful to have two longarm quilters – Tiffany and Kathy – that I know I can give carte blanche with the quilting, and they’ll do an awesome job.

If you’d like to make your own “Sun Dogs” or “Stars Over Santa Fe” quilt, pick up the Fall 2019 issue of Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts. If you don’t find it on your newsstand, you can order it from The Quilting Company.

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Categories: Aurifil Threads, Easy Quilts (Fons & Porter), Hobbs Batting, Island Batik Ambassador, Island Batik Fabric, Magazines, Paper-Pieced Blocks, Uncategorized | Tags: | 4 Comments

Thank You for Your Service

FreedomThis week the United States celebrate Independence Day, our neighbors celebrate Canada Day, and the Island Batik Ambassadors celebrate the release of the Freedom collection with a Quilts of Valor Blog Hop.

I’ve designed this 56″ x 72″ lap quilt using the AccuQuilt 8″ Qube die set. AccuQuilt is a sponsor of the Island Batik Ambassadors program for 2019.

Fabric for the “Service Star” quilt was provided by Island Batik, batting by Hobbs, and thread by Aurifil.

Thank you to my BQB (Best Quilting Buddy) Annette Freeland for sewing the top for me while I was off teaching a class at Chatcolab in Idaho!

These are the fabrics we used in “Service Star”:

That white space in the upper right corner of the mosaic is actually a photo of a solid white batik.

I won’t list the yardages here, or go into detail on the construction of the quilt. That’s all included in the pattern. Here are the highlights, though:


The pattern uses six of the eight dies in the Qube – the 4.5″ and 2.5″ squares, 2.5″ half square triangles, 4.5″ quarter square triangles, 3.25 on-point square, and 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle.

There are also 1.5″, 2.5″ and 4.5″ wide strips. Happily, AccuQuilt makes strip dies in those widths.

The three star blocks are made with a square-in-a-square, flying geese,  and an “L” unit, made with two squares and a rectangle.

QOV 2019-Strip Points

The only part of this quilt that couldn’t be pre-cut with the Accuquilt is the 4.5″ triangles that make the points on the red stripsets. I did this (Well, Annette did it, but I told her to) with the stitch and flip method.



QOV 2019-Exploded Quilt


The quilt is constructed in vertical rows.

Once it’s quilted, I’ll bind “Service Star” in the same navy blue batik we used in the star blocks.

If you use the pattern to make your own Service Star quilt, I’d love to see a photo. You can email me at

Click IB- 2019 QOV to download the PDF pattern.


Check out these blogs for more Quilts of Valor, featuring Island Batiks:

July 1
Becca Fenstermaker — Pretty Piney
Denise Looney — For the Love of Geese
Gail Sheppard — Quilting Gail
July 2
Pamela Boatright — Pamela Quilts
Anne Wiens — Sweetgrass Designs
July 3
Bea Lee —Bea Quilter
Carla Henton — Creatin’ In the Sticks
July 4
Emily Leachman — The Darling Dogwood
Joan Kawano — MooseStash Quilting
Jen Strauser – Dizzy Quilter
July 5
Steph Jacobson — Steph Jacobsen Designs
Leah Malasky — Quilted Delights
Anja Clyke — Anja Quilts
Maryellen McAuliffe — Mary Mack Made Mine

Categories: 12" TQ Blocks, AccuQuilt, Aurifil Threads, Hobbs Batting, Island Batik Ambassador, Island Batik Fabric, Quilts | 15 Comments

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