Saturday, June 20, 2015

Project Quilting - Friendship Star

As reported last month, I'm participating in a challenge organized by Project Quilting and Persimon Dreams. This is the second month and the block that this month's project is to be designed around is the Friendship Star.

Initially I was on EQ7 playing with designs, when my friend Marei started asking me questions: What color was I going to use? What did the block mean to me? etc.  At that point, the block was a block and I had no idea about the color. Then I happened to see my Laurel Burch fabrics and everything fell into place.

 This is my finished project; I'm calling it "Tribute to Elly."

I didn't get my first horse until I was 35, although I can remember wanting one since I was a very little girl. (I used to drive my mom nuts!!) I bought Lady Elysees, "Elly," for all the wrong reasons: She was beautiful and I fell in love.  Many years later, we completed Tevis, the most famous and arduous endurance ride on the West Coast. (100 miles in 24 hours from Lake Tahoe to Auburn, CA)  Myself and my crew wore orange t-shirts and Elly had beautiful orange reins--color decided: Orange. My Laurel Burch fabrics are from her Mythical Horses line. (I'm a freak about horse fabric--it never looks real, so I love that these horses aren't supposed to look real)

Below is a close-up of the quilting on the main star:

 The smaller star block shows a mare and foal; shortly before I lost Elly, she had a little filly. Her barn name is Emma. During the two months they had together, Elly was a perfect mom!

Another close-up--this one of the flying geese:

 And the back...showing all the quilting. 

Although compared to many of the other projects in this challenge (CLICK HERE to see them), I'm really not being as creative as I'd hoped. However, I'm really pleased with how this one turned out.



  1. well now.....your is really the best!

  2. What a great quilt and a touching story. I know I feel that the creative part of this challenge is the challenge. I'll keep plugging along, but i think you are miles ahead of me.

    1. The creative part is the hardest and quite honestly, my skill set (and self-doubt) limits me in so many ways. I've always wanted to do something as a tribute to Elly and so far, this is it! Thanks so much for commenting.


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