Fused Appliqué, Machine Appliqué, Free-Motion Quilting, and Machine Piecing are all used in this wonderful traditional quilt. Judy Wolff and Angela McCorkle created Paisley Park Feathered Star, 89" x 89," and it was accepted at AQS QuiltWeek Spring Paducah 2017. We love the pieced points, the flowing appliqué, and the use of a white fabric mixed with swirls of light brown to blend with the colors in the quilt. Are you a fan of Traditional Quilts? Here is a great example.

Angela quilted a group quilt using the Feathered Star that we featured in July and it won first place. Click here to see it:


Many of you might have thought of "Stranger Things" when you saw this adorable young lady at Comic-Con, but we thought of Alex's Holiday Lights pattern. Her pattern features the holiday lights in the border.

Alex has a classroom for her Holiday Lights pattern where she gives you tips on making the quilt and handling those appliqué lights. While we don't have a pattern for the skirt, you could easily apply the appliqué to a pre-made design.

Click her to purchase the Holiday Lights pattern.




The set of Stranger Things (Comic-Con 2017).

(Comic-Con photos: Mary Kay Davis)


The one thing about the quilting world is you can just hop around like a crow spotting shiny objects...and, end up with a pile of stuff like a pack rat...having to move the piles around to make more space for more piles. I am blessed though to have a friend who is a true quilting inspiration. Which means I occasionally am inspired to finish something, lol. She actually has a method to her madness which results in finished projects! She never chooses easy quilts...they are all labor intensive. After watching her for a while I started to notice some key patterns:

1) She only makes what she loves.
2) She keeps a few things in visible project piles.
3) She never sits without stitching in her hand.
4) She stitches a little bit regularly on each of her current projects.
5) She always looks ahead and organizes what she needs when a new project is on the horizon.

The result is a breadth of work that is extraordinary! As a quilter I am inspired by those around me who seem to get things done without any shortcuts, lol. I hope you enjoy this slide show of the beautiful work by Linda Hespe as displayed at the QuiltWorks Gallery in Bend, Oregon!


Click here for Anna's YouTube Channel.

Click to play this Smilebox slideshow



First Place in the Longarm Quilted Wall Quilt category at AQS QuiltWeek - Lancaster, Pennsylvania 2016 went to Bethanne Nemesh for her quilt, The Paisley Peacock. In this interview, Bethanne explains many of the procedures she uses when making her beautiful quilts.

Star Members can watch Bethanne in Show 2107: Extraordinary Binding Techniques & Amazing Fabric Collage.

Here's a picture of the quilt from Bethanne's website, www.WhiteArborQuilting.com.


We were amazed at how this quilt was put together. We think the piecing in Karen K. Stone’s quilt Wonderful World is amazing and we love the colors too. Karen’s quilt won 2nd Place in the Large Quilts - Stationary Machine Quilted category at AQS QuiltWeek - Spring Paducah 2017.

How Do You Think She Put It Together?

We are pretty sure the the blocks are appliquéd. As far as putting the quilt blocks together, Karen is an expert at English Paper Piecing, so we think she might have sewn the blocks together using that method. Take a look at the bottom picture. What do you think?

Star Members can watch Karen in Show 1611: New Methods & Old Ways, where she shares her latest techniques with us. Karen makes everything look so simple, we know you'll be able to create award-winning quilts in no time.


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This week, as we continue our look at Pattern, which is the combining of elements or motif in an arranged and repeated manner, we want to focus on how the Repetition of a pattern comes into play when making a quilt interesting. A pattern endlessly repeated without any change can, in some instances, become boring if one is not careful. On the other hand, when a pattern is varied, either by fabric, value, size, etc., the result can be quite stunning.

Let's use the example of the quilt Over the Waves by Setsuko Matsushima. The massive Tsunami wave was created with hundreds of square in a square blocks.

While all of the blocks are pieced in the same manner, it is Setsuko's masterful use of subtle color shift and fabric variations within each of the blocks that create the impact and motion of the wave as it approaches the land. Had all of the "wave" blocks been pieced with the exact same fabrics, the resulting quilt image would not have been nearly as successful.

This means that for the quiltmaker, it is important to consider both the design motif and how it will be used in the final quilt design. Let's look and examine a number of quilts using pattern and repetition with very effective results.


Tula Pink's (Show 1406) grid layout in City Sampler uses both color and the variety of pattern within each block  to move the viewers eye across the quilt. View the quilt in detail here.











Lessa Siegele's (Show 1801) Ring Cycles is based on a Jack’s Chain block. The combination of nine-patch and equilateral triangles, along with unusual color placement, take the eye on a happy journey around the quilt. View the quilt in detail here.



Maria Flechner uses the rectangle, repeated in both small and large form, in her quilt Rain Chains. The eye is directed across the quilt as it follows the up and down movement of the small rectangular blocks along within each larger bands of color. 










Mary Elizabeth Kinch (Show 1502) loves antique quilts, and often creates quilts using hundreds of teeny tiny blocks. Founder of the SPA (Small Piece Aficionado) Society, she shares her method for creating visual interest and movement using pattern and repetition, as in her Guest Room Quilt below.

Repetition and Pattern

by Mary Elizabeth Kinch (Show 1502)

Repetition and Pattern are two principles of design that are inextricably linked. We can’t have pattern without repetition.  They work to create structure, visual energy and unity. It‘s easy to see them at work in our quilts, where we most often see pattern first!

Pattern and repetition also create connection with the viewer. They propel our eyes around the work, our brains naturally seeking similarities.  Patterning allows for multiple opportunities for our brains to gather information and find those similarities, drawing us deeper into the work as we do so.  That’s what makes these two principles so powerful in design.

Repetition is a single design element repeated in a regular fashion throughout a work.  The element can be shape, motif, value, line, texture, scale or colour.  It can be exact, almost the same or a variation of the element.  Think of repetition as the minimalist one.  It energizes the work and gives the single element power by drawing attention and focus to it. When a single element is repeated it helps creates unity and stability in the composition.  Broken line road markings are repetition.

One element, the star motif, is the hero of this composition and the power behind the design.  The Irish chain arrangement makes it easy for the eye to follow the lines as our brain gathers the information about this composition.










Pattern is created when a combination of design elements are repeated in a regular fashion throughout a work. Think of pattern as the elaborate one! These elements together create consistency for the eye, unify and organize the work, and create a more complex visual arrangement.  Regular patterns have strong visual impact, but an irregular pattern can be just as successful. Patterns can also be organic or geometric, repetitive or more random in their repetition; they can add texture and create mood.

Repetition and pattern are a dynamic duo!  This lively quilt’s composition plays with repetition of motif, scale, and line; and includes irregular patterning of colours.











Look at the quilt on the left.  What path is your eye taking?  What elements are attracting your attention?

Pattern and repetition are key components and some of the first decisions made, along with finished size and colour, when planning a quilt. Go with the Flow was no different.









When I start a quilt I set up what I call design parameters. For Go With The Flow I first chose the technique (string piecing), layout (rectangles juxtaposed with squares) block colours (scrap and a specific palette), border colour (solid).  I wanted the strong patterning of the 16 square blocks in a square layout, with sashing, to counter the “chaos” of the string piecing, scrap colours, and asymmetrical construction of the individual blocks. The regular patterning of the large blocks sends the first invitation for the viewer’s eyes to travel from block to block, seeking similarities.

Next I decided to create visual interest and complexity by using colour, asymmetry and balance along with irregular patterning of rectangular string-pieced strips in the blocks. That each rectangular strip is similar in shape but not identical keeps your eye moving, evaluating which one is the same, or bigger, or smaller.  Don’t believe me that your eye and brain are doing that subconsciously? Just ask two six year olds which piece of pie they want at desert time!   The disharmony of the uneven widths in the repetition of the string-pieced strips is unified by the shape and similar colour story.

Irregular patterning of the rectangle-ish (some have a bit of an angle!) string pieces continue to organize the design and add another layer of interest to the quilt. The varied “heights” of the individual “strings” invite a deeper look into the work.  There are one or two strings that finish a mere 1/8” because it was the last piece of a favourite fabric and I just had to include it!  Colour choices were consistent throughout the blocks and just a bit of cheddar orange and/or chrome yellow repeats in each, unifying and adding points of interest to draw the eye from one to another.  Take them away and the quilt would fall a bit flat, even though there is lots of red packing a big visual punch.  That’s the power of just a tiny bit.

Finally the rhythm of the repeated, varied, undulating quilting lines soften and counter the strong block pattern, unifying the overall design.

Have fun exploring the endless possibilities of repetition and pattern in your next quilt project!


Simple pieces with a touch of Jinny Beyer fabric make this block quite striking. What do you think it is called? Play the game and find out.



Curator Stacy Hollander discusses a single, show-stopping, quilt from the "War and Pieced, the Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics" Exhibit at the American Folk Art Museum. She feels this quilt is one of the highlights of the exhibit, from the way in which it was pieced, to the symbolism used by the maker to create his masterpiece.

The lights were very dim in the museum in order to protect the quilts.

War and Pieced, the Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics.

The exhibit was organized by the American Folk Art Museum, New York, in collaboration with the International Quilt Study Center & Museum, University of Lincoln–Nebraska. It is cocurated by Dr. Annette Gero, international quilt historian, author, and collector, and Stacy C. Hollander, Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Chief Curator, and Director of Exhibitions at the American Folk Art Museum.
War and Pieced, the Annette Gero Collection of Quilts from Military Fabrics is the first exhibition in the United States to showcase the spectacularly complex geometric quilts made exclusively by men using richly dyed wools derived from British military and dress uniforms. - American Folk Art Museum
The exhibit will be at the museum from September 6, 2017 - January 7, 2018.
Click here to learn more about the exhibit.

Mary Olson talks with Bonnie Browning about her quilt, Perseverance, that won the 5th Place Overall award, sponsored by Hobbs Bonded Fibers at AQS QuiltWeek - Fall Paducah 2017. Learn more about how the quilt was designed, couched, stuffed, and quilted.

Watch Mary in Show 1806: Quilts Teams: Spouses & Sisters.


(Photo from Mary Olson)

Enjoy the work of Bethanne Nemesh as it was displayed on the set of The Quilt Show during taping.

Star Members can watch Bethanne in Show 2107: Extraordinary Binding Techniques & Amazing Fabric Collage.

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