Tuesday, May 25, 2021

A Quilter's Garden 2021

In April, the Feathered Star sponsored an outdoor quilt show at my home.   
Quilts were hung from fences, benches, chairs, the gazebo, pergolas and anywhere else we could display them!  The majority of the quilts were made by me, but I did borrow several from family and friends.  You can see details on the quilts on the Feathered Star Facebook page.
As before, a video was prepared to take a virtual walk through the Quilter's Garden.  This is the 3rd outdoor quilt show hosted here at my home.  The first was in April 2020 when everything was locked down and the quilt shop was closed.  It was a wonderful opportunity for me to be able to inspire my customers with new ideas, patterns, and colors and hopefully put a smile on faces.  This first show was strictly drive through only.  Then, in May 2020, another show was organized with a patriotic and Texas theme.  
It was so much more interactive in 2021 when quilters could walk around and touch the quilts!       


Friday, February 26, 2021


The Cats Cradle ruler by Creative Grids is an amazing tool!  I love that it can be used in so many different settings and numerous sizes and achieve such different looks!  Above is my miniature "Here Kitty Kitty" using the smallest 1 1/2" Cats Cradle blocks in a Shoo Fly setting.
A number of white and metallic gold fabrics are paired with gold Grunge for this setting.  I used a small sashing with cornerstones and set the blocks on point.

The XL Cats Cradle blocks are set in groups of four facing inwards and then added sashing.

30's fabrics are the theme for these 2 1/2" Cats Cradle blocks in the Churn Dash setting. 

Monday, February 22, 2021


December 7, 2020 marked the 10th Anniversary of the Feathered Star quilt shop! In honor of this special occasion, I gave the pattern for the Bright Hopes quilt.  This scrappy quilt pattern uses partial seam construction.  I love it so much I've made several different color combinations!

  Purple prints and batiks

 30's fabrics

 Fall colors with black centers
Happy Anniversary to us! Shaula

Strength for today and Bright Hope for tomorrow,
Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!
Great is Thy Faithfulness


Friday, February 19, 2021

2020 Challenge

Sharon Boggon of Australia issued her 2020 challenge to create a crazy quilt with 2,020 items and I was hooked!   Items include unique fabrics, buttons, charms, stitches, seam treatments, beads and trims.

I soon began my response to the challenge by listing places I have lived and traveled to, both foreign and domestic which then led to including my personal interests- gardening, music, sewing, technology etc..  My plan was to represent these through flowers and colors.
Jennifer Clouston’s Foolproof Crazy Quilting was the perfect format for my blocks.  The hexagon shapes let me tell each story separately.  The backing/ binding fabrics are different for each hexagon, so the back of the quilt is colorful hexagons as well. As the owner of a quilt shop, I wanted to use fabrics that I sell, mostly 100% cotton quilting fabrics mixed with batiks and silks.
New Zealand

It was an amazing journey as I learned many new stitches and techniques!





Thursday, August 17, 2017

One Hundred!

This is quilt number one hundred for me to quilt on my HQ 16!  We bought the machine in August 2010 so it is 10 months old.  The pastel pineapple is quilted with all over feathers in the center, smaller all over feathers in each corner and a long continuous feather in the small green border. I love it!

Now on to binding!

A small Thank You!

Several months ago I purchased a rather large (10 1/2 foot!) curved church pew.  It was a beautiful antique!  It took an unexpected tumble off the trailer, however, and was in a terrible state!  My brother in law worked his carpentry/refinishing magic and put Humpty Dumpty back together again even better than new!  As a very small token of my appreciation I have made him this scrap quilt.  I chose the pattern we call the Million Squares to represent the million pieces of splintered wood he reassembled.  Thank you thank you, Craig!  (The pattern is actually Bonnie Hunter's Many Scrappy Trips Around the World)

The pew is destined for the quilt shop so you can hopefully come and sit here and ponder great family here... and maybe dream up a new quilting project too!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Time Flies

It's been almost three years since I last posted here!  The Feathered Star has been open 5 years this past December.  I can't even count all the quilts I have made in that time.  Seems that I start a quilt to showcase new fabrics, customers see it in progress and then on the HandiQuilter and by the time it's bound the main fabrics are almost empty bolts.... then everything starts again!  

Every week new customers visit the shop.  Every week.  Usually several different times each week.  Smart phones make finding local quilt shops so much easier!  Being just about 5 blocks from Interstate 20 is an ideal location for a quick jaunt off the highway for a quilt shop stop.  I have regular customers from all over the Big Country and beyond.  Every week is like a quilt show with customers bringing quilts to share.  Best job ever!

I have met so many interesting and talented people in the past five years and hopefully I've been able to share some quilting knowledge with a few!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Quilting at home and at work...

So now that the Feathered Star has been open for 1 1/4 years you would think that I might not do so much quilting at home... nope, I generally have at least 2 or 3 projects that I'm working on at both places.  However, lately I've had a major push to sew up some of my great fabrics I've got at home.  Right now I've got a twin sized Rail Fence (3" blocks) and a twin sized Thimble (2 1/2") both mostly finished using bright happy fabrics... an Off the Rail quilt using sports fabrics, one with 1930's reproduction fabrics, and one using purple and green scraps from a granddaughter's baby quilt... a Tumbler (4 1/2") AND a Thimble quilt using jungle prints not to mention a Million Squares with these jungle fabrics and with the littlest of strings I started a 6" square string quilt rather than throw the tiny leftovers away.  I recently finished a light purple and baby fabrics thimble quilt that will be a gift and a wonderful wonky house quilt!

At the shop I'm working on a red and white Courthouse Steps Log Cabin, an ABC quilt with the letters inside log cabin blocks, and many others that started out as Demonstration Day samples.  Whew!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Feathered Star update

The quilt shop has been open for six months now and its been a  whirlwind of activity.  Ordering fabric... being creative with where to display the fabric when it comes in...keeping up with the Facebook page and web site...creating pattern samples and quilts from the beautiful fabrics for inspiration...planning the classes offered at the shop... planning and preparing for Demonstration Days the last Saturday of each month...and being the custodian, bookkeeper, and other assorted "must do" activities!  But what fun! 

The numbers of my customers continues to grow.  At last count 475 quilters had signed into the guest book/ enewsletter list!  Many have become regular visitors to the shop often coming with friends and family. 

So if you are reading this blog you might check out the Feathered Star web site and blog or search for "feathered star" on Facebook!
Happy Quilting!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cuddly Thimbles

My latest thimble quilt made from bright pastel fabrics from recent baby quilts. 
All the colors are represented in the bright candy straws fabric used for the border! And look at the yummy back!  Its a bright pink minkee fabric.  I quilted soft roses and leaves throughout.