April 2015 Made Fabric Star Blocks into sibling quilts
I made myself and each of my three siblings a quilt incorporating stars that I won on block lotto last year and extra stars that I had made. The fox quilt was made with blocks that didn’t quite make the guidelines for the block lotto “domestic pet blocks”. Before our mother unexpectedly passed away in 1985, she had started to make a double wedding ring quilt and had sewn all of the blue pieced sections into sets of four. I took the four sets and turned and twisted them, sewing them together in a serpentine fashion which I then inserted into the white border pieces. That was the hardest part of the piecing. Elizabeth Clark, also a member of block lotto, and I, spent many hours in front of her design wall moving stars and foxes around trying to figure out pleasing placements. Elizabeth was a great help and an inspiration urging me to push myself to make each quilt different and special for each sibling. The quilting was done by our mutual friend Char Koppenol. My husband photographed each quilt and I did a write up for each one, he put the picture of the four quilts and my write ups into one large photograph that I sent to Spoonflower.com to be made into fabric. I cut each label out and attached a label for each different quilt to the back of that quilt. Each sibling can now see all the quilts in the series and has a short description of their own quilt. I couldn’t post pictures before June 11, the give away day, because my sister Myrna Duthler, is also a member of block lotto and that would have spoiled the surprise. It was fun to see how pleased they were with their quilt and to know that they each have a bit of our mother to wrap around them. I am including pictures of the labels, quilts and siblings. Sophie can you do your magic with them and put them in the finished folder? Many thanks to all who participated in the April 2015 Made Fabric Star Block and who made these gifts possible.
Jane Leonard, Barb Post, Myrna Duthler and Larry Medendorp
Stars Over the Mountains for Jane Leonard
Fox Trails for Larry Medendorp
Star Light, Star Bright for Myrna Duthler
Shooting Stars for Barbara Post