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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    Jill Reynolds says

    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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    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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    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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    Jill Reynolds says

    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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    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 says

    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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      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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    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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    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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    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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    Laura G says

    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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