The Traveling Quilts

The Traveling Quilts - Constellation

Phew – it has not been the best few days. I was out for the count with the flu. I guess I learned my lesson about not getting a flu shot! I’m happy to report that I am now well into recovery mode and was able to spend a bit of time at my sewing machine today.

The Traveling Quilts - Constellation

I am very excited to share these star blocks that I made before getting sick. They will be my start to The Traveling Quilts. This is a new bee of 11 quilters. We each start our own quilts with a theme of our choice and then mail the blocks to the next quilter in the rotation. They add to the quilt, only posting a sneak peek, and then mail everything to the next quilter on the list. The last person to receive the blocks does the final quilt top assembly and quilting and in a year, you receive your surprised finish quilt back! Obviously this is a sort of bee that you would want to do with people you know pretty well. 🙂

The Traveling Quilts - Constellation

It’s really fun to think about the journey across the country these blocks are about to take – from here in Illinois to Vermont to North Carolina to Hawaii to California to Oregon to Oregon to Oregon (Ha!) to Washington to Colorado to Illinois and then back home to me! PHEW!

The Traveling Quilts - Constellation

The theme I chose was “Constellation” and I’m looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with. I used some great tutorials online for my blocks: Scrap Jar Stars, Lone Starburst and Wonky Stars.

The Traveling Quilts - Constellation

Along with our quilt starts, we are sending journals for everyone to add to as they grow our quilts. I found this great one on Etsy – the front is a map of the midwest. How appropriate is that?

The Traveling Quilts Journal

Have fun on your travels little quilt! See you next year!

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35 Comments

  1. Reply

    Jill Reynolds

    February 26, 2012

    This will be just beautiful. I especially like the block that’s on the lower right in the group shot – where there’s an outline of white around the inner star layer. Do you know what pattern that is?

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      Faith

      February 26, 2012

      Hi Jill – that one is the Lone Starburst. The link is just above in the blog post. It’s paper pieced.

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    Danny

    February 26, 2012

    I love how bright your blocks are! It’s funny that you are doing a traveling quilt because I joined some friends to do the same thing! We start in March, but ours is international. Can’t wait to see how it turns out, and I MAY be stealing one or two of your block ideas for it!

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    Amy Cavanagh

    February 26, 2012

    Wow these are so amazing! I am really into stars at the moment too – the wonky-er the better (or is that wonkier?!!). Great colour and pattern combinations. Very inspirational, thank you.

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    Jenny

    February 26, 2012

    That is an All-Stars Quilting Bee if I have ever heard one! I can’t wait to see the finished quilts!

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    Karen

    February 26, 2012

    What a great bee idea! I can’t wait to see what all the finished quilts look like.

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    Billie K

    February 26, 2012

    So glad you are feelilng better! Love you blocks….excellent!

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    Maureen Cracknell Handmade

    February 26, 2012

    Just beautiful! I love the colors and I agree, that Lone Starburst is amazing!!

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    Lotti

    February 26, 2012

    I love the idea of this and your blocks look great, Glad you are feeling better now

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    Jill Reynolds

    February 26, 2012

    Thank you! I found it and will put it too use soon. Have some lovely pastels to use and I just love quilts with pure white backgrounds.

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    Katy

    February 26, 2012

    Sorry you’ve not been feeling well, but love the blocks you’ve made! I’m in an international travelling quilt bee starting in March, can’t wait 🙂

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    QuiddityRox

    February 26, 2012

    Hey Faith!
    What would the finished quilt look if you used black batting? As you probably realize by now, I am in love with white as the resting place for the eye….all because of you(but, I digress). I’m into stars and wonky blocks too. My pinterest board is full of inspiration, just need to find the time to create. I think sending your quilt around the USA is very neat idea. <

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      Faith

      February 26, 2012

      Hi there! You would definitely see the black through the white fabric. If you like the white crisp, I would recommend getting white batting. Hope that helps!

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    Anne

    February 26, 2012

    That’s a really cool idea! And I LOVE the lone starburst!! The link to the tutorial doesn’t seem to work for me, but I did a quick google and found it. What a gorgeous block.

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    diane stanley

    February 26, 2012

    Hi Faith
    I started a traveling bee of my own. I can’t wait to get started next month. These stars are beautiful and I’m sure this will be a very fun bee among friends.

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    Colby

    February 26, 2012

    I love that first block!!! (the outlined star) What is the name of it and is there a tutorial for it?

  15. Reply

    Becky

    February 26, 2012

    What a totally fun concept for a quilt along. Your blocks are bright and beautiful!

  16. Reply

    Lynne

    February 26, 2012

    Beautiful blocks – and the whole concept sounds like fun.

  17. Reply

    Ursula

    February 26, 2012

    I love this idea! And your blocks are gorgeous!!!

  18. Reply

    Victoria

    February 26, 2012

    Beautiful blocks! What a lovely idea for a bee, too. Is that first block paper pieced?

  19. Reply

    sarah

    February 26, 2012

    Beautiful and such a fun bee idea!

  20. Reply

    Jenelle

    February 26, 2012

    This is an awesome idea. I can’t wait to see how it progresses. 🙂

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    Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quitls

    February 26, 2012

    I love these Faith! Thanks for always inspiring me and thanks for the link!

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    Anna

    February 26, 2012

    Wow! Your Lone Starburst is one of the first I’ve seen someone else make. Eeee! What a feeling!!! All your stars are so gorgeous, and I love your fabric choices. Thanks for the link!

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    sewkatiedid

    February 26, 2012

    love the blocks. linkie on the journal from etsy? i’m a michigan girl and would love this.

  24. Reply

    Rosemary Bornes

    February 26, 2012

    Gorgeous blocks. I love all the bright and beautiful colors.

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    Rachel at Stitched in Color

    February 26, 2012

    Sounds like so much fun! Your stars are gorgeous of course. Bon voyage stars!

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    Laura G

    February 26, 2012

    The block is amazing and I agree with a previous comment you must do a tutorial. Also the flu this year has been particularly rough. Take care not to do much to soon.

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    Gina f.

    February 27, 2012

    What a fun bee! Your blocks are gorgeous… I can’t wait to see your finished quilt next year!

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    nicke

    February 27, 2012

    downloaded the loan starburst! love it!

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    Terrie

    February 27, 2012

    I just love your star blocks!! This sounds like a really fun quilting bee 🙂

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    Kathy J. Thomas

    February 28, 2012

    I also would like the instructions for the outlined star, but I am not finding the link or tutorial – help?!

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      Faith

      February 28, 2012

      Hi Kathy – that star is called the Lone Starburst and the link is just above in the blog post.

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        Kathy J. Thomas

        February 29, 2012

        Thank You Faith! I finally found it and have downloaded it, again Thanks!!!

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    Kim's Crafty Apple

    February 29, 2012

    looks like a great time! Can’t wait to see the end quilt after it’s been well traveled!

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