Category Archives: Quilting and Sewing

Mod Indigo Lone Star Quilt

Meet my Indigo Lone Star Quilt!  This version of my Mod Lone Star Quilt is made using the Handcrafted Indigo batik collection by Alison Glass.  I love blue, so these fabrics really grabbed my attention and it was fun to put them all together to make a gorgeous star!  This quilt is dear to me, and I’ve photographed it more than once, but never loved the pictures – they didn’t do justice to the quilt.  I finally found the perfect brick wall, on a perfect morning, with lovely light and a willing son to hold it for me in an alley.  It was worth the wait.

This is a smaller quilt.  Rather than add borders, I decided to leave the finished lone star block as the complete quilt, so this one measures 62″ square rather than 70″ x 90″ (as seen in the original Mod Lone Star Quilt).  It also made it reasonable to splurge on custom quilting.

Melissa of Sew Shabby Quilting did the most beautiful custom graffiti quilting on this lone star, using a gorgeous emerald green thread.  I can’t get enough of it; it’s so lovely and just perfect for these fabrics.

For the center star she used a gold thread, and then blended it out into the star with the emerald thread.

I think everyone should have at least one quilt with graffiti quilting on it!  There is so much to look at as your eye travels with the quilting design, and it looks great on the star, the background, and the backing too.  I am so grateful for the beauty it added to my project!

I love the way the lone star quilt block looks so different, depending on fabric placement and color.  This one was especially enjoyable to make and is a lot of fun to look at.  The pattern is available in my Craftsy store.  It also includes a coloring page for you to plan your own.

I feel like I’m looking into a phenomenal night sky when I stare at this quilt, and it makes me feel like anything is possible.

Lone stars are a lot of fun to make.  Start one today!  For more information on Lone Star blocks and quilts, visit my Lone Star page.

Happy sewing,

Mod Lone Star: A Lone Star Quilt Pattern

I am thrilled to introduce this Mod Lone Star quilt to you today!  I have been making lone star quilt blocks for years now, and have learned a few things along the way.  This Mod Lone Star is the first in a series of lone star quilt patterns that I will release over the next couple of months.  If you’d like to make a lone star quilt but don’t want to commit to a lot of blocks or too much time, then this quilt is for you.

I use a strip piecing method for my lone stars, so there is no cutting or sewing of lots of little diamonds. This project comes together quickly and because the scale of this pattern is larger, just one block can make the 70″ x 90″ quilt.  The lone star is a gorgeous traditional block that is very popular and a lot of fun to master.

The lone star lends itself well to many different styles, and fabric placement creates countless options for designing a unique and stunning quilt, which is why we’ve included a coloring page for you to use in planning your quilt.

For my quilt I used some favorite prints by Carolyn Friedlander, combined with the metallic gold manor stripe print from Victoria Findlay Wolfe’s Mostly Manor collection (which I am smitten with).  I had so much fun planning and piecing this quilt.  My lovely friend Melissa quilted it for me in a wavy edge to edge pattern that doesn’t compete with the background stripe and I’m thrilled with the end result.

The Mod Lone Star Quilt pattern is available here in my Craftsy shop.  Early next year I’ll host a quilt along to inspire you to tick the lone star off your quilting bucket list and join me in making one of your own.  At that time I will also provide video tutorials to help you successfully piece your own gorgeous Mod Lone Star.

I’m so excited to see what you make with this lone star quilt pattern!  Download it today!

For more lone star information, including tutorials and other quilts, visit my Lone Star page.

Happy sewing,

Christmas Color Stack Quilt Top

Every year I promise myself more Christmas themed sewing, and every year I somehow fall short.  This year I promised myself at least one finished Christmas quilt top, and given the frenzied pace of life right now, I needed a fast and simple project.  I decided to make a Christmas Color Stack quilt.

Like my original Color Stack quilt top, I cut strips from my stash to use in this quilt, but it would also look great with a couple of Christmas themed jelly rolls.  I chose a variety of reds and greens and added some blue, pink, aqua, and even a bit of orange.  I’m excited to have a colorful, festive quilt to use for the holidays, and I really like the modern vibe.  Rather than Christmas themed quilt blocks, it’s a mash-up of holiday colors and it really makes me smile.

I followed my original design, except in this version of the quilt, instead of piecing the 1.5″ strips in the pattern (available here for only $3), I fussy cut strips of an Alexander Henry nutcracker print that makes me smile.  This print will also be the backing for the quilt.  *Note:  if you’re making a Color Stack quilt and want to do something like this, cut three strips 2.5″ wide by 32.5″ long and insert them in the narrow columns as shown in the pattern.

The quilt top measures 66 x 80 inches and because of the simple design, was completed in a couple of afternoons.  The backing is pieced (a habit I have – I always piece the backing immediately after finishing a quilt top) and awaiting quilting.  I would love to get this finished before Christmas.

Yesterday we got our first dusting of snow for the season, and I couldn’t resist going out in the cold to snap a photo against the white backdrop.  We’ve had unseasonably warm weather in Utah, so this change in temperature really makes it feel like Christmas is around the corner!

Quick links:
Fully illustrated pattern available for download here
Free tutorial for color stack block is available here

If you’re looking for a fast finish, or need to make a quick quilt to gift for the holiday, this pattern is a great place to start.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!


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