Magazine Cover Quilts, Day Four
Day Four: Royal Star has been shown here before. I was sent a bundle of Fossil Ferns from Benartex in early 2000 and I redrafted a vintage block (called Royal Star!) for paper piecing. I combined the Fossil Ferns with solid black and came up with this wildly popular quilt. I never would have dreamed it, but it is still a favorite. This is Big Block Quilts 2001.
|Big Block Quilts 2001 featuring Royal Star|
You can find the pattern for this in my Etsy shop for only $4.99! I converted the vintage pattern from templates to easy rotary cut center 9 patches and paper pieced star points.
Here is a real vintage remnant from a Royal Star quilt. A little variation on those points, but the center 9 Patch is there. Can you imagine ALL those templates!
It also became the cover quilt on my first book: Bold, Black and Beautiful Quilts. I still own the quilt and probably won't ever give it away. The Fossil Ferns just glow on this black background!
Here is another quilt that wanted to share the cover with NO other quilt. This is an updated version of Carpenter's Wheel. I converted it from difficult templates and y-seams to paper piecing. The center block is 19-1/2" square and this quilt is one of my "One Block Wonders."
And one more cover quilt that uses paper piecing (but it's not the last one you'll see here). Dogwood Blossoms combines those lovely appliqué Dogwoods with paper pieced, elongated Square in Square blocks (which are paper pieced). The quilt is only 20" x 26". And can you see those prairie points at the tips of the flower petals? They're gros grain ribbon! This is Appliqué Quilts, Fall 2005.
And don't overlook that sweet little Sunbonnet Sue quilt on the left side of the cover.
|Appliqué Quilts featuring my Dogwood Blossoms AND Sunbonnet Sue quilts|
|Dogwood Blossoms up close|
|Sunbonnet Sue enjoying the Spring flowers|