Dust Off a Quilt Book

Bea announced this annual blog hop in mid January and here’s what she has to say about it, “The theme is supposed to mean that you look at your shelf of quilt books and find an old one or one you haven’t used in a while and “dust it off” and then make something from the book, it could be that you like the block of a quilt but not the 80s colors or maybe you like the colors but not the quilt or the size or whatever, the book is just supposed to INSPIRE you to make something.”

By the way, I don’t know if any of you follow Bea Lee (@ Bea Quilter) but she is a fabulous designer! If you have any Accuquilt dies, she has a plethora of them and most of her designs use them! She’s well worth following!

Anyhow, back to the blog hop. I’m sure this is one of the first books that I purchased after I graduated from nursing school and was newly married. I’m sure I’ve looked at it several times, I’ve never made anything from it … until now!

This book was published in 1979. And the promise of an 8 Hour quilt was appealing.

I had a 10″ stack of this beautiful Island Batik fabric collection called “Constellation” and I’ve been dying to open it and start to use it! I was also given 2 yards of “Ice” that co-ordinated with this stack and I used it as well.

True to how I make quilts, I didn’t follow the directions … I made rectangles using the 10″ squares and squared them to 9″. I also did not sew a 3/8″ or 1/2″ seams … I sewed a 1/4″ seam. I didn’t miter the corners of the borders and I didn’t use muslin. I also did not ‘envelope’ the quilt … I sandwiched it in my usual manner.

However, this was used for inspiration for a quilt for this blog hop!

I have no idea if this quilt took me 8 hours to make! I usually work on a couple of projects at the same time, but I do know that the top was put together easily in an afternoon … along with other projects being sewn! It was quilted and bound in an afternoon … so it might have taken me less than 8 hours!

Close-ups of the quilting. I used Silly Moon “Twinkle” for ruler quilting the stars and meandered between them.

Quilt Stats:

  • Size: 42″ square
  • Fabrics: Island Batik “Constellation” and “Ice”
  • Piecing and Quilting: Aurifil #2600 (Dove Grey)
  • Quilting Rulers: Silly Moon “Twinkle”
  • Batting: Hobbs 80/20
  • Binding: Fabric: “Harbour” and Aurifil 2775 (Steel Blue)

Blogs to see!

March 6th

March 7th

March 8th

March 9th

March 10th

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    

37 thoughts on “Dust Off a Quilt Book

  1. Wow! Gail I love your quilt and the colours! What a great blog hop; I should have jumped on board because this is something I’ve wanted to do for a long while, just need a push. Also need to investigate the Silly Moon rulers a little more!

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    • Hi Sandra! It’s sometimes hard to make someone else’s pattern when you design your own … but it can be fun!! I absolutely LOVE Silly Moon rulers … I know there’s a quilt store near London (? in London) that sells them and there may be more stores as well, if you want to see them in person. I find that they are very easy to handle! Have fun!


  2. GAIL! Your Star quilt is gorgeous . . . and that quilting is inspiring and beautiful. I would love to give that a try sometime. I love everything about this project. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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  3. A very fun finish. I think my first quilting book was “You can sit on my Quilt” or something close to that. Love the colors and the quilting. You found a great inspiration for the challenge project.

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  4. Hi Quilting Gail, I have that book! I made a couple of those 8 hour star quilts, one for my
    MIL and one for my husband’s best friend. I had the top done in less than 8 hours, I used 12 inch squares and sliced them on the diagonal. They both turned out nice and I was somewhat a beginner quilter. My hands would have been slapped by the quilt police if they saw how I put them together. (smile). I am so much better now, but I still do not follow patterns exactly.

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  5. Beautiful star quilt in fabulous colors. Those batiks just sing! I’m so glad someone else confessed to not really following directions when they quilt. I guess I should stop criticizing my guys for just looking at the pictures and not reading the directions when they do projects, I have no room to talk. LOL!!!

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  6. I may still have that book myself! You did a marvelous job of making it in the beautiful batiks you chose. I will have to consider this for a quick baby quilt I have to make shortly.

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