Thursday, September 24, 2015

Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks

I have some great news: one of my new creations will be part of the next Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks magazine!!! I would love to share a photo but alas I can only tease you until the magazine hits the newstands and download queues in November. There will be a fun blog hop and great give aways then so stay tuned.
Scrappy Color Play 8.5" x 11"
Pattern available
The above photo gives you a preview of the colors used - black, white, pink and grey. Probably not a shock to anyone who follows my non-traditional quilts which tend to be in that color scheme. Another hint - a version of the block is found in the picture above and is related to churning butter or shooing flies and you might have read about the traditional pattern in my Behind the Block column for the National Quilting Association's magazine Quilting Quarterly.

To see what the magazine is all about or to purchase current and back issues, visit their shop.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Bloggers Quilt Festival - Art Quilts

Literally Challenging
Original Design
18" x 18"
Wools, Cottons, Lace
 This quilt recently came home after traveling for several years to national quilt shows with the Arts and Old Lace Challenge sponsored by Artistic Artifacts in VA.  I love Bloggers Quilt Festival time which is a great reminder to make and share ART

Here is what was included in the challenge packet: 2 sets of salesman's samples. Greys and black suitings and then summery stripes and woven checks, as well as laces and buttons.

I really enjoy paper piecing and making "word play" quilts using my own patterns.  I used more than 105 different fabrics from the packet and a lace for the ampersand. I only added 2 vintage laces and a woven tape binding (thanks Mom, for all 3).

OKAY, now time to see the rest of the Bloggers Quilt Festival quilts - enjoy. If you like my quilt you can vote this week at the viewers choice link or check back in a week and vote for it at the Art Quilts page.
Spring 2015 Bloggers Quilt Festival Page is HERE.
Art Quilts Page is HERE
Vote for Viewer's Choice HERE Nominations- May 15-21
VOTE for your Favorites in each category May 22-29
Winners Announced May 30, 2015

Monday, April 27, 2015

Log Cabin Love

One of my all time favorite patterns is the log cabin and I wanted to share one I made in my early quilting days.

Made for a quilt challenge using African fabric a guild member brought back from her trip to African. I used the fabric for the block centers and then added free form wonky log cabin strips to complete the blocks.
African Sun - Rising to the Challenge
32" x 33"
2001 Sandra Starley
Some 14 years later, I still think this improvisational piecing method is one of the best ways to highlight special fabrics in a low stress, fun way. Pick a focus fabrics and lots of coordinates and start piecing. Give it a try sometime, enjoy.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Fun with Antique and Modern Quilts in St. George

Need a breather and a chance to create.  Then come see me and lots of other wonderful people  in St. George, Utah,  January 6-10, 2015.  Time for the 2nd Annual Quilt St. George retreat, a truly Quiltabulous Event!

Need a jolt of joy or craziness ?  Then this funky free-form and fun, alphabet paperpiecing class with the choice of two delightful projects would be perfect.

Love Birds & Lady Bugs  18" x 30"
Crazy Quilt, 16" x 16"

I'll also be teaching my cheddar stars class as well as a red rock landscape quilt.

And I will be sharing antique quilts galore.  With a half day class on antique signature quilt, you'll get to see many museum quality early quilts from 1840 forward.  You'll be able to get up close and really examine the fabrics and names and the amazing tiny stamps and drawings that many people added to their signatures.
Hoopes Worral Quilt, dated 1850, Chester Co. Pennsylvania

And I'll also be doing a second half day class, Patterns Through Time.  You'll see about a dozen different quilt patterns and 2 or 3 examples of each which give you a chance to see the changes in quilting and society over time.

If you like modern artistic quilts, my luncheon trunk show: Everything Old is New Again will show you how to learn from past quilters to make amazing new quilts.

And I will be doing quilt appraisals in my spare time at the retreat.  I'm certified to appraise all types of quilts, old and new, traditional and modern.  Email me if you want to schedule a time.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Beatles Bird for Bloggers Quilt Fest

Happy to share my Inspired By the Beatles quilt "And My Bird Can Sing" with the Bloggers Quilt Fest crew.  Timely entry as my quilt is actually hanging right now in Houston at Quilt Festival with 149 of its friends.  Such an impressive quilt project.  If you enjoy seeing this quilt, consider
voting for me in the Art Quilt category.  Voting starts November 1 and goes through the 7th.

Here's the full quilt

Inspired by the early Beatles song "And My Bird Can Sing".  Thanks to my sister Donna for all her help and Mom for the frog applique and more help.

You can read all about it in the beautiful book written by the project creator/leader Donna Marcinkowski DeSoto and published by Schiffer.  Includes all 150 quilts and their stories.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Travels with Cheddar

In case, you are wondering what you've missed if you couldn't come see me at my various quilt appraising and teaching events, I thought I'd share a few pictures from my booth at the Home Machine Machine Quilting Show.
More of the booth with the c. 1885 Variable Star quilt along with my reproduction Mod Cheddar Stars and the c. 1870 Four Eagle Quilt from Pennsylvania.  By the way the pattern for the Star quilt is available at my Etsy Store 

And here's the full booth shot with even more cheddar fun.  Remember me when you need a guild speaker, trunk show or quilt class.  Hope to see you soon

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Word Play and Paper Piecing Fun in Minnesota

Yes, Minnesota but not until it warms up in June.  Come take a delightful paper piecing class and see how truly fun it can be.  Paper piecing is one of the best methods to create precise patterns without having to work hard.  Just sew on the lines and you get exactly what you sew.
It really is a lot of fun once someone shows you the tips and tricks.  I'll be teaching my Word Play class and you'll have a choice of the Love and Joy Pattern
Or the Crazy Quilt

Or you can create your favorite word or just make 

Hope to see you in Minnesota this June, here's the registration information

And ps. if you are interested in purchasing some of my quilt patterns, my Etsy store is now open.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Everything's Coming Up Tulips Quilt St George and Give Away

    I'm so excited about teaching my reproduction batik tulip class at the inaugural Quilt St. George Retreat next week in St. George Utah.I will also be doing 2 trunk shows of my antique quilts and quilt appraisals.There will be all sorts of wonderful classes and trunk shows and tours to visit Superior Threads and more, much more.

   Inspired by a vintage quilt kit, Mountain Star from Home Needlecrafts, sold in the 1930-60s and made in pastels, I jazzed up the pattern with lot of fun batiks and a piano key border.  ** I will be giving away a copy of this pattern so please leave a comment.  And if you show as a no-reply blogger, leave your email address so I can contact you.
   Here's the original inspiration quilt
Hope to see some of you next week in St George.

To learn more about the event and for some great give-aways including one on my antique quilt blog, hop on over

Friday, June 28, 2013

Quilt Alliance - Twenty Contest- Voting open for 2 days

Voting for the 2013 Quilt Alliance Contest is now open (formerly the Alliance for American Quilts).  But only until Midnight Eastern, Saturday June 29th.  My entry is quilt #88, It's All About the Dots.  It is machine paper pieced from my own patterns and machine quilted/embroidered in crazy quilt fashion.  Yet another in my series of Word Play/Literally Challenging Quilts.  I hope you will consider voting for me.
You must be a member to vote but you may be able to still join in time (on line).  The Alliance is an excellent organization that does much to preserve the history of American Quilts.  You can join the Alliance via credit card or paypal, it is only $25.00 (tax deductible) and it a good cause.

It was fun to make even though the 2 inch blocks were a bit challenging

It was fun finding the perfect novelty fabrics to fit in the teeny blocks, like the dog above and the cat below.
                                                              And here is the full quilt
                                                   "It's All About the Dots"  20" x 20"

Friday, May 17, 2013

Love Birds and Lady Bugs - Bloggers Festival


2013    18" x 30"
I love quilts and wordplay and my favorite way to tackle a quilt challenge is by spelling out the challenge title or subject in paper pieced letters.  For this quilt, I started with JOY (literally and figuratively) and love birds soon flew into the picture.  One flying thing led to another (ladybugs).  Brainstorming, I realized that JOY and LOVE would work together seamlessly like in a crossword puzzle.  And of course, hearts naturally followed LOVE. 
I drafted my own foundation patterns and had a delightful time picking out the ideal fabrics from my black/white and pink fabric stash (especially dots and novelty prints).  One can’t help but smile when looking at polka dots so they are the perfect fabric to spell out JOY.
With the due date approaching, I was trying to figure out the quilting when I got a serendipitous call to do an antique quilt trunkshow at the national machine quilting company:  Handi Quilter.  I agreed to share my quilts, if they could take care of the quilting.  HQ Educator Vicki Hoth found the perfect cheerful swirly star pattern and helped me finish my journey of joy.  The quilt was made for the "Dare to Dance Challenge - An Artist's Interpretation of Joy and it was chosen and will be published in the Dare to Dance BOOK!!!  Thanks to challenge director, Mary Kerr.

****To vote for my quilt, click on its photo in the Art Quilt category****

Thanks again to Amy Ellis for her Blogger's Quilt Festival

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Have Quilts, Will Travel

Here's my recent great find.  A folky, funky and fun four block eagle wreath with tulips quilt from Pennsylvania.  Circa 1865.
And here's a close-up.  Don't they just make you smile!  Wouldn't you love to see it in the cloth and study it up close -- see below for information on my lectures and classes.  This quilt and lots of other wonders could soon becoming to a quilt guild, show or shop near YOU!

And to make things even more fun, there is a twin to my quilt in the International Quilt Study Center Museum in Nebraska.

I love to share my antique quilts and reproductions through quilt trunkshows/lectures/bed-turnings and classes.  I also have quilts available for exhibits. And in addition to my reproduction quilts, I also teach other quilt classes.

  I have added lots of informational pages on my professional presentations  -- see the tab/page names at the top of the blog (under the blog title and before this post). 
There you'll find photos and descriptions for the following:
 antique quilt lectures/trunkshows
antique quilt classes
other quilt classes

    You'll also find information about
AQS Certified -Quilt appraisals
my calendar and
my professional qualifications

I would love to come to your quilt guild meeting or quilt show or your shop.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Stars Contest - Vote for Team Cheddar

I'm asking for votes for my miniature reproduction quilt: Cheddar Stars Over Moab  (scroll down to see picture).
 Voting is open now until early Monday morning 12/3/12 about 8 a.m.  Here's the link
But since so many of my followers have already seen that quilt, I want to share a few other cheddar stars with you as a thank you for reading and voting.
Antique Sunburst or Sunflower Quilt, circa 1860 from Pennsylvania

Antique Compass Star Quilt, circa 1880 probably Southern US

THE Contest Quilt:  Cheddar Stars Over Moab, 20 x 24"
Here's a shot of the beginning of the grueling fabric selection process including a few blocks that didn't make the final cut.  I need to turn those into a mini mini quilt, I guess.
And another behinds the scenes shot of the quest to find the perfect fabrics.  That is the original antique 1890 Ohio/variable star underneath the fabric applicants.
Thank you for reading and voting

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Batik Tulips - Bloggers Quilt Festival #46

Update: contest voting has begun: 
1st --Vote now for your #1 overall favorite quilt (hope it is my Batik Tulips, entry #46).
Click here to see photos and links to all the quilts and click on the star below your favorite quilt pic.

2nd --Click here to nominate quilts for individual merit awards, ie best bed quilt.  I suggest applique, hand quilting, and wall hanging for my quilt #46.  Open thru Nov. 4. 
3rd  -- nominations will be counted and top 5 quilts in each category with then go to a final vote. Nov. 5-8

So without further ado  -- Here's my newest project - a reproduction of a 1930's quilt that I modernized with the use of bright vibrant batiks.  Made for the 2012 American Quilt Study Group - Colonial Revival Quilts of the 1920's and 30's Study Challenge.  I'm excited to announce that it will be published in a book next year by the Kansas City Star/ Pickle Dish Company.  The book will also include a wonderful pickle dish/wedding ring quilt made by my talented sister Donna which is part of the Challenge Traveling collection.

"Tulip Stars-- Batik Makeover Edition"
*28" x 28 "
*Hand applique and hand quilting
*Quilted by Sandra Starley
*Best category – Applique Quilt, Hand Quilted, Wall hanging
Here's the 1930's inspiration quilt with the kit quilt center and a unique tulip border that was not part of the original pattern.
Close up of the first block
And this is the quilt I made for the 2010 Quilt Study- 19th Century Stars.  It is shown in the current issue of Quilters Newsletter Magazine on newsstands now.
Thanks again to Amy for hosting this great exhibit.  Click on the logo to see a good overview of what is happening now in the quilting world.

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Tiptoe through the Tulips - AQSG Quilt Studies

Tulip Stars - Batik Makeover Edition  28 x 28"

Here's a preview of my reproduction quilt for the 2012 American Quilt Study Group - Quilt Study "Colonial Revival Quilts of the 1920's and 30's." Every 2 years the AQSG announces a study topic and members reproduce an antique or vintage quilt that matches the guidelines. 2010 was 19th Century Stars (any star quilt from the 1800's that we had permission to reproduce). The resulting quilts are exhibited at the annual seminar and then a selected group tours through the US stopping at major museums and quilt show. This year's required a 1920 or 30's quilt and I choose an interesting tulip design purchased for this challenge.

Here is my vintage inspiration, a 1930's kit quilt called Mountain Star by Home Needlecraft Creations. I have since found several versions but this is the only one with the funky giant tulip border. I think a later quilter found the original quilt and decided to jazz it up. I decided that I also wanted to do a fun border and choose a piano key with the bright bold batiks.
Here's a close-up of the first block.

And here is my 2010 quilt Cheddar Stars over Moab that is shown in the newest issue of Quilters Newsletter Magazine in an excellent article about the 2010 Quilt Study.  It is also patterned in the Kansas City Star Book about the study:  19th Century Stars.  It is a terrific book and also features my sister Donna's Cheddar LeMoyne Star.


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