Rising Star Quilters

The Rising Star Quilters Guild put on their 32nd show this past weekend in Lexington MA. I spent a lot of time working the boutique, so I didn’t photograph everything I loved or that I was interested in. I am so sorry to have missed a few of them, but I thought would show you what I exhibited, our bee quilt challenge and some quilts and why I liked them.

These are the 2 large quilts that I had in the show, Morning Glory Mosaic and Gregarious Greylags.  The third quilt, Birds and the Bee, was made by my little sewing group – I paper pieced the water birds in 3 of the corners.  We often have one we sell and then all the proceeds go to our benefit quilt group – for batting or long arm machine time.  It sold, and so once again, we are helping to support the benefit quilt group.

Our bee, the Sewatorium Sisters, always has a challenge for the little group! For the “tea challenge” the idea was to select a tea that had a name that inspired a quilt.  As usual, the interpretations are as varied as the members of our group. My quilt, Cherry Cosmo…Two Ways, was my third entry in the show (our limit). I am really looking forward to finding that tea*, made by Forte, one day. Although it is sold as a loose tea, I took liberty and put it in one of their well known bags, just for fun.

Cherry Cosmo was one of my 3rd Quarter goals, but I finished it on October 2nd, so it is done, but not counted as one of my finished goals for the 3rd quarter. I had fun doing it and am getting the hang of drawing things in EQ8*. Hooray!

Up next, are a few other things that caught my eye. I loved the Artful Log Cabins* and forgot all about that technique by Katie Pasquini Masopust. I was thinking of doing something like this for one of my long term projects, so it was good to have it brought to mind. Yes, missing a class with Timna Tarr was unavoidable; I love Peggy’s quilt! Finally, I couldn’t get over how rich some of the cottons looked on that stole. I knew that one of those fabrics was grunge but boy did they look perfect on that Pentecost stole (3 squares, trinity, etc.)

So, back to normal…whatever that is. I will be working on my Island Batik Catalog quilt for 2020 this week. I hope to get most of the piecing done so I can quilt it the following week. Wish me luck. I also hope to finish up most of the appliqué on the above piece and the part that will finish my project. I like what I have done, so you should see it mid-week!

Coming up
4th Quarter Projects
An SAL (sew along) announcement
Island Batik October – Tablerunner with appliqué
Tutorial on Converting Picture to Mosaic in EQ8
Barn Quilt BOM #3 – 11/6
Island Batik Challenge November
Island Batik Challenge December

Linking Up:
October UFO WIP Challenge
Favorite Finish Monthly Linkup

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  1. October 13, 2019 / 3:52 PM

    I love your Morning Glory Mosaic quilt! The use of colors is fantastic.

    • October 19, 2019 / 11:27 AM

      Thank you, Sandy. The fabric inspired the quilt – often it is the other way around for me.

  2. dezertsuz
    October 13, 2019 / 9:40 PM

    Thank you so much for the slide shows! It looks like a great show, and I very much liked your entries. Each of them was so different, and all of them so lovely.

    • October 19, 2019 / 11:29 AM

      It was a great show – always fun to do and fun to see what inspires!

  3. October 14, 2019 / 7:56 AM

    Hi Kathleen! What a lot of eye candy you are sharing! Holy moly, each one is better than the next. It’s SO very cool that the quilt sold, although it doesn’t surprise me one bit. Your birds are lovely and I think $150 is a bargain. How fun and creative your cherry cosmo is! Tea and martini – who knew?!! Thanks for sharing all the projects you had going for your guild – it’s a nice recap. ~smile~ Roseanne

    • October 19, 2019 / 11:30 AM

      Yes, the birds were a bargain. A friend bought it which makes it sweeter that we “gave it away”.

  4. November 6, 2019 / 8:47 PM

    Great entries! Looks like a wonderful quilt show.

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