Thursday, March 17, 2016

Bev's Primitive Stars

My client Bev received this project as a kit, a gift from her children. It has tiny pieces, I mean TINY. She invested a lot of time into completing this quilt top. I was honored that she entrusted the quilting to me.

I also have to say, this piece was right up my alley. I'm a traditionalist. I love "primitive" home decor. I love the earth tones in this piece. I love the stars - very traditional quilting pattern. It really matched my living room quite well. Do you think Bev would notice if I "forgot" to return it to her???

All quilting is hand-guided on an APQS longarm quilting machine.

Finished! That clock is in the AM. Best work happens by the light of the midnight oil. 

I can't say that this was a real clean slate for me as a quilter. Because of the small pieces, it didn't give me a lot of room to "be creative". I tried to be true to the style of the project, and use very traditional quilting motifs. 

Lots of straight lines (tribute to our hand-quilting fore-mothers) in and around the stars and squares.

Curved cross-hatch around the center-piece star. 

In the tiny log-cabin blocks around the perimeter, I tried to echo the idea of the cornerstone stars by quilting the same shape. It took a LONG time, and I regret that the quilting doesn't actually show up in those log cabins all that well. The tiny pieces, with quite busy patterns, serve as a sorta camouflage.

Ribbon candy in the olive-toned triangles. Feathers in the double-checkerboard border.


  1. HELLO,this is such a beautiful quilt! I can't say which I admire more the stitching or the color choices! Just gorgeous! Thank You for sharing!

  2. Do you know the name of the pattern by chance? It's a gorgeous quilt, you did an amazing job :)

    1. Hi, Tracey! I asked Bev about your question. Here's what she said:

      Hi Carrie,
      The pattern is from Country Living, artisans collection by country threads. A tribute to Country Living magazine’s 30th anniversary. “30 stars for 30 years.” #30

      The pattern was a gift from my kids, Christmas 2015. Daughter Dana is the super shopper so I am guessing she found it at a sale because it says copyright 2008 on the back. It also says Country Living cannot guarantee individual results. Love that comment.
      The note on the back is “country Threads is proud to join Country Living magazine in celebration of their 30th anniversary. This classic heirloom wall quilt is easy to make by anyone with basic quilting skills and takes one back to Country living’s rich trademark of quilting.”

      Tracy White is more than welcome to this pattern, I will mail it to her!

      “Basic quilting skills” is a bit of an understatement. It is a good thing I really like stars or I would have put it back into the stash. is a great thing that you had a blast with it. I agree, you did an amazing job.

      My quilting group loved it, binding was finished last night. Now for show and tell.

      Take care

    2. Tracey - if you email me at, I'll put you in touch with Bev. She said she'd mail you the pattern, if you want it!