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Stardust Quilt Pattern from Vintage Quilt Revival : Fresh Lemons Quilts

It’s been a pretty busy week around here. Last week I basted and started quilting my Stardust quilt. About the same time I came down with a nasty bug. During the weekend I was feeling ok one minute and sick to my stomach the next. Not fun! But I did make it to Cincinnati to celebrate my dad’s 60th birthday and am starting to feel like I’m coming out of the fog.

Stardust Quilt Pattern from Vintage Quilt Revival : Fresh Lemons Quilts

We came home Sunday night to watch the Superbowl (let’s not even talk about that! Big Peyton Manning fan over here…) And now I’ve been busy prepping for a trip to the Sinnissippi Quilters Guild in Rockford.

Safari Moon Quilt : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I did manage to finish my Safari Moon quilt top. This is one last peek (just before I completed it). I will be sharing the finished quilt in just a couple of weeks. I picked up some of the Animalia in Splendor fabric for the back. I just could not resist, it’s so fun!

Safari Moon Quilt - Animalia in Splendor : Fresh Lemons Quilts

I also have been thinking about this little quilt that I started over a year ago at Quilt Camp.

Work in Progress : Fresh Lemons Quilts

This quilt is based on my Poinsettia Mini Quilt Pattern, but it’s sort of morphed into it’s own design. Other projects have constantly taken priority over it, but I think I’m ready to push it back to the top of the list. I at least want it twice this size (to be a wall hanging), but in my dream world it would be lap sized. We shall see!


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    Julie Beard says

    Hello Faith,

    Wow, I love your animalia backing fabric heaps and secondly your Poinsetta Mini Quilt is fantastic and I love the black and white background is absolutely terrific! Really the whole quilt deserves to be bigger as it’s so perfect in reality and I would love it on my wall before yours !!! Haha Great work I’m enjoying your blog so much. Thanks for sharing Julie Beard St Mary’s, Adelaide Australia.

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    Susan says

    Wow! It’s been a time lately. I’m glad you made it to your dad’s birthday. They are very important. My daughter lost her FIL unexpectedly. He died at 62 12/13/13 in his sleep. I talked to my daughter the night before and she never mentioned a thing. None of them had a clue that anything was wrong. They have no idea why he died other than it was just his time. Since then her MIL has had two heart attacks. The first time, the doctor thought it was just a broken heart. She had to have two stints put in her heart. She had a heart attack a few years ago and had already had two stints put in one side of her heart. So cherish every moment with your dad. When my daughter got married ten years ago, I had breast cancer and we didn’t know if I was going to be alive to go to the wedding. I had to put off my last chemo treatment to be strong enough to walk her down the aisle. I still take anti-estrogen oral therapy – that’s a long time – it’s usually five years. I am very blessed. I don’t get to quilt much because I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia six weeks after being diagnosed with the cancer. I’m just feel lucky to be able to do what little bit I can and to be able to have seen my four grandchildren. Now, when I saw your quilt based on your POINSETTIA MINI QUILT PATTERN, the background struck me as looking like newspaper print. I love it. I love looking at blogs. They inspire me even if I don’t get much accomplished. I’m trying to get a double wedding ring king size quilt bound. An 89 year old lady made it on a treadle for me in about 3 weeks. I’ve had it quilted for about 2 years and want to enter it in our guild’s quilt show in June this year. I have the binding cut and have started sewing it together. I told you it takes me a long time to do things. Congrats on some beautiful sewing.

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    Lee says

    Love the quilts. Enjoy your blog and all you fresh lively quilts. And are you lucky you aren’t in Cincy today. Nasty weather day.

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    Another beauty!
    Have you ever tried the Smart Plate to make your Kaleidoscope-esque blocks? I love it. Just curious about tools and techniques. So many ways to accomplish the same block and quilt.

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      Hi Karee – no, I haven’t used that. I just went and checked it out, it looks interesting! I admittedly don’t have a lot of custom rulers though. I’m also a bit of a paper piecing addict. 🙂

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    Barbara says

    Faith – I was delighted with I heard you were doing a program & workshop for the Sinnissippi Quilters. Your blog was the first quilt blog I started following over a year ago and I love your designs. I spent last evening pulling & ironing fabric to take with me to your workshop on Friday. Can’t wait! Hope the roads improve for your trip to Rockford.

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      Yes! I can’t wait Barbara, I look forward to meeting you! And yes, hopefully they clean up the roads for the trip. They are a mess right now.

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    The Poinsetta-inspired quilt is forgeous. I love how the stars pop out against the texty backgrounds. Thats definitely a project that deserves a bit of love.

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    What pattern are you using for Safari Moon?? I just love it!!! I actually already purchased that collection in Fat Quarters for another project. But I think I’ll be in the market for a larger selection in the near future :O)

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      Hi Sadie – it’s similar to an Around the World quilt pattern. I did want some particular layout/design features so I did mine a different way (harder I’m sure!) I’ll be giving a lot more detail when I post the finished quilt.

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    Sally, the Queen Bee Quilter! says

    Faith, I have just received my copy of your book. I have been blown away by its content……soooo much better than I thought and the photos are just amazing! My fingers are just ITCHING with anticipation. Congratulations to the three of you, this is a book I’ll always treasure and can’t wait to show my quilting group, The Queen Bee Quilters here in Sydney. Thank you for making my day!

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    I love the colors of your Stardust quilt and the quilting is looking great. That poinsettia based one has such a nice background with the sprinkles of color, I’d want to it be lap-sized as well 🙂

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    Karen B says

    I just found your website and blog. I love the colors you use and fresh approach. I would love to buy or download the pattern for the Stardust Quilt. I don’t see anything on your site indicating how I would do that.

    Thanks in advance.

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