Starring Anna: Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Fall 2011

If you’re stopping by for the first time from the Bloggers’ Quilt Festival, welcome to my little corner of the quilt-blogosphere!  Isn’t the best part of BQF discovering to new and inspiring blogs?  I’ve found some fantastic quilters, not to mention the whole of the quilt blogosphere, through this festival, so let’s just say I’m officially a fan.

I just finished up Starring Anna for the newest little baby at my church, the adorable Anna.  I’ve wanted to do this wonky overall star pattern for a long time now, so I was really excited to be given free reign on this quilt, all the parents asked for was bright colors and maybe some green.

It was a bit of a challenge for me to figure out how to quilt this without distracting from the stars.  I debated outlining every other star, outlining the inside of the stars, straight line, and wavy lines.  I think this was the right direction.

For the back, I found this pear print that’s been in my stash for quite awhile.  The colors are just perfect and the print is fun.  And of course, my signature embroidery label for church quilts.

I love this quilt, but it’s also a sad one for me.  I will be making at least one more church quilt, but this is that last one that I will be around to present to the new baby and family.  In three weeks, I’ll be moving back to Pennsylvania to continue my job hunt and hopefully return to school.  It’s been a true delight to be a part of Chapel Hill Mennonite Fellowship for the past two and a half years and an honor to celebrate the growth of the congregation this past year with baby quilts.  One of the things that I’ll miss most about North Carolina is being a part of a wonderful congregation that has given me, amongst many other things, a place to be affirmed as a person with gifts to share and a place in the church to share them.

I hope everyone is enjoying the oodles of inspiration over at Amy’s.  I know I’m forward to a great evening of blog hopping later this week!


40 responses to “Starring Anna: Bloggers’ Quilt Festival Fall 2011

  1. Hi! I’m fan of that Quilt Show, too and so happy to see you there! I love your fresh green quilt! Beautiful fabrics, especially the backing fabric and your quilting is just perfect!
    xxx Teje

  2. Beautiful as always. Glad you put the close up of the star because my eyes were not focusing in correctly and couldn’t figure out what the wonky star pattern was! One of those optical illusion things (at least in the picture)!

  3. Your quilt is beautiful! :o)
    Love your hand stitches.

  4. Love your beautiful Starring Anna! 🙂

  5. Oh I love this. It’s gorgeous!

  6. A really lovely quilt which I”m sure Anna will treasure all her life. Hope your move goes well and you find a new place to worship.

  7. PS And I meant to also say thanks for visiting my blog “Mumsyblossom’s World”. I had a lot of fun working on my little quilt and hope to make another with the same techniques.

  8. LOVE the colors of your quilt! Great choice for the backing, too. I didn’t spot it as stars right away, though my daughter did! Funny how it plays tricks on your eyes!
    Thanks for sharing and good luck on your move!

  9. What a lovely quilt!! I too was attracted by the colours. Your choice of wavy quilting is perfect!!

  10. Your quilt looks lovely. great clours and I do like the way you quilted it.
    A special gift!

  11. What a lovely, fresh, cheerful quilt. The backing you chose is perfect!

  12. What a beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing your story.

  13. What a beautiful quilt, and a magical gift! Thanks so much for sharing this.

  14. What a fun quilt. Great colors and like that design a lot. Backing is darling. At firdt i thought those pears had happy faces on them! Thanks for sharing and have a great day

  15. Thanks for the blog visit and note! Love your quilt, too! Please keep in touch—

  16. Hi, I love the bright green! I’m sorry you have to leave where you are living, but you will find quilt friends in PA! I’m from Harrisburg but didn’t grow up there. Good luck with your move! Lily.

  17. love your baby quilts….and your blog….thanks for stopping by on mine as well ….love the BQF!!

  18. Great colors for a baby girl quilt! She’ll be able to grow into it and love it even longer. That is so generous of you to make quilts for the babies born into your church family.

  19. lovely quilts, lucky babies!

  20. This is such a bright and fun quilt. The green is so catchy and the quilting pretty cool but it’s the surprise of the star pattern on closer look that really takes the cake. Beautiful.

  21. Thanks for the nice blog visit and note. Your Starring Anna quilt is quite special and I enjoyed reading the story behind it. I will be coming back to visit soon!

  22. What a gorgeous quilt! I love how the star pattern appears and the hand quilting is divine!


  23. Love your quilt! The green background is lovely, it really shows your stars up nicely. And I adore the pear backing!

  24. That quilt is really wonderful, I also love love your Irish Chain!

  25. I feel fairly certain you will find another place to share your talent.
    This is a lovely quilt.

  26. So cute…love that green…it’s just such a happy color!

  27. you’ve made some beautiful quilts – your handsewing is just gorgeous. well done – most impressed

  28. your quilt is beautiful! did you quilt it by hand?! it really is gorgeous.

  29. a lovely quilt. I made a quilt with this pattern for my Grandma a few years back, it was good to see the pattern again 🙂

  30. Love the quilt – the color choices are perfect and I really like the front. I’m a fan of the quilting too — is that hand quilting I see?? If so holy moly, that’s awesome I need to learn to do that.

  31. I love it ! great quilting !

  32. oh, wow! i love it.

  33. Love the pear backing and great quilting design. Fits perfectly

  34. Lucky Anna! Great pattern and colors! Love that pear print!

  35. Love the sweet spring colors of this quilt. It is such a fun pattern, I’ve used it before, and will again sometime. Thanks for sharing.

  36. What a beautiful quilt! All the best with your move and job hunt!

  37. Bittersweet but they Church will surely remember you with fondness. Hope you find another congregation to share your talents with. Love the big stitch quilting. I’ve made a few quilt with this pattern. I call it the slanted star. Amy does a great Job with the Festival,

  38. Pretty quilt….love the colors. Thank you for sharing.

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