Friday, June 05, 2015

Carpenter's Star

Last month, I was approached by the managers of Jackman's Fabrics in Fairview Heights, IL, asked if I would be willing to help them out by making some shop samples.  I was flattered and after discussing all of the details, I agreed to make one on a trial basis.  They even took notes on my preferences of design and fabrics!!!!
A week later, I got a call asking if I would be interested in making a Carpenter's Star.  Sure, why not?  I hadn't made one before and it sounded like a fun project!  And it was!  No "Y" seams...all half square triangle construction...fabulous!  I only veered from the pattern once and that was to miter the corners of the large outer border.  For this particular fabric, it just worked better than the straight set seams.
I was a bit nervous about quilting this one (what with it being for display in a large quilt shop and all).  With so much "white space," this would be a great candidate for a custom quilt job and feathering, but...I'm not a custom quilter - yet.  So, I went with a gorgeous floraly paisley panto that I thought really complimented the feature fabric!  Check the quilt stats below for more information.  I sure hope Jackman's is pleased with my work --- I guess they could always refuse to hang it and never invite me to make anything for them again!  Time will tell; we'll see....

Pattern:  Carpenter's Star ~ Bali Sky & Queen Size
Designer:  Debbie Maddy (Calico Carriage Quilt Designs)
Size: Lap Quilt 70x70"
Featured Fabric Line: andover by Margo Krager (Andover Fabrics)
Supporting Fabrics:  Downton Abbey (Andover Fabrics), Paula Barnes (Marcus Fabrics) Ladies' Album by Barbara Brackman (Moda)
Backing Fabric:  Clara's Garden by Kansas Troubles Quilters (Moda)
Quilt Panto:  Paisley Playtime by Hermione Agee
Quilting Thread:  Madeira AeroQuilt

Disclosure: I received supplies to make this project from Jackman's Fabrics in Fairview Heights, IL.  The quilt will be hung as a shop sample in their store to promote sale of both the pattern and fabric lines,  In exchange, the quilt will be returned to me at the end of the promotion.  They did not require me to write a positive review of any of the products.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


1 comment:

  1. Lovely job! What an honour to be asked to make shop samples. I would be nervous too.


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