One of the best things about writing pattern books and traveling is meeting quilters and seeing how they use my fabric or design ideas in their quilts.
I met quilter, Joann Johnson, in Kansas City in September, 2001. We were in the second day of a Feathered Star class at the Prairie Point quilt store on 9/11. When I went back to Kansas City a year later, Joann showed me her 9/11 Feathered Star -- the one she started in my class and worked on through the difficult days that followed.
A Day with Beebe Moss
by Marsha McCloskey, Eugene ,Oregon. Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative.
I've long held that using someone else's pattern, or copying an antique quilt, gives one insight into that person's creative process. I asked my friend, Ami Simms, to send me what she had left of a fabric line that her Mom, Beebe Moss, designed a few years before being diagnosed with Alzheimers. Using Beebe's fabric designs was, as I had hoped, like spending the day with her. The fabrics are whimsical and quirky. Dandelions and Giraffes, Elephants and Guinea Hens on the march -- here, then there.... intrepid travelers, broad strokes. My usual organizational routines were pretty much swept aside and the fabrics and Beebe told me what to do. I had a good day.
Midway through the sewing, though, I lost a bright green square. The piece was not to be found, so I replaced it with a dull gray one. Then the next large piece was somehow sewn on upside down, and I just left it that way. The gray square and then, the gray border are for "forgetfulness" and memories lost.
You can support the initiative by visiting www.AlzQuilts.org, bidding on "Priority" quilts, donating quilts, and by sharing the important work of the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative with others.
Double Feathered Star Medallion by Pam Pifer of Woodenville, Washington.
Pam made this fabulous medallion around the Double Feathered Star block she made for my book, Feathered Star Quilt Blocks 1.
Garnet and Green Medallion, 98" X 98", by Margaret Moore, Devizes, Wiltshire, UK.
I am taking the liberty of sending you a picture of my latest feathered star quilt, made for the Festival of Quilts at Birmingham, UK, this August.
I made the central double feathered star from your book, Feathered Star Quilt Blocks I, purely as a practice piece. I was so pleased with the resulting star that I decided to make it the centrepiece for a large bed quilt for the show. I cut the square block down to an octagon and then built outwards from there using all reds and greens and many, many, fabrics. The four small feathered stars I drafted to a very non-standard size to fit the applique border, whose size was governed by the outer pieced border! Not an easy task and I doubt if I could repeat the exercise. The finished result was quite successful and I had good appraisals from three judges. I love the double feathered stars in particular and intend using your book for more ideas. At the moment I am going through a 'blended' phase and using books by you and Sharon Yenter. What inspiration!
Best wishes to you from me and my quilt group, the Moonrakers of Devizes, Wiltshire, UK.
Margaret Moore also sent pictures of her fabulous Radiant Star Quilt, (108" x 108"). All machine pieced and quilted. Hobbs Heirloom batting. She used Feathered Star Quilts book for the basic dimensions of the Radiant Star, but then drafted the feather units on her Quilt-Pro program and printed out the units on "That Patchwork Place" Foundation Paper.
... AND THERE ARE MORE!
Terri Budesa of Jacksonville, OR, sent this picture of her finished Radiant Star quilt. She wrote:
Happy Mother's Day Marsha. Way back in February of 2002 you taught a workshop in Ashland, Oregon, which I had the good fortune to attend. You made us all promise to send pictures of our finished projects, so here you go.
As a member of Mountain Stars Quilters Guild I have taken many workshops from some of the quilting worlds finest teachers. I have to say that I learned more in your class than in any of the others. Thanks so much for your patience and expertise. I'm no longer afraid of the Radiant Star block and am looking forward to making one on a larger scale. If you ever come back to teach for Mountain Stars again I'll be first to sign up. :o)
Yours in stitches,