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Swept Off My Feet…by Fabric

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, a beautiful new fabric comes your way and sweeps you off your feet. Here’s the one that took my breath away last week. Wow, I love all the clear colors, the fresh motifs…the peonies, the bonsai bridges. I want to be one of these ladies with their bright red lipstick, updos, and 21″ waistlines. (Can you guess that I enjoyed playing dress up when I was young?)

I’ve been drawn to Asian designs for several years and just can’t seem to get enough of them. This one is a fairly large-scale print, and prints this large often can be challenging to use. I could make it simple and just use it as a backing fabric. But cutting it up? Where would I begin?

As luck would have it, I will be teaching a Feathered Star workshop in a few months. Here is the sample I made about 15 years ago.

For some time, I’ve wanted to update and give this wonderful traditional block a new look, and decided to use my new fabric (Harajuku Peony by Alexander Henry) as the inspiration.  Soooo…I’ve enlarged the star, which allowed me a little more creativity. I’ve pulled a few fabrics I like from my stash and sewn a Split LeMoyne Star for the center. I’m quite pleased so far. What do you think?

Let’s see where this takes me. Check back in two weeks to see my progress.

One last thing. Remember these blocks from my last post?

Blocks for online demo.

Here is the finished quilt top. I demonstrated it on the C&T Publishing Digital Lounge last week. If you missed the show, you can watch a replay. Simply go to and scroll down to the May 19th post.

Until next time. Keep creating…..

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