Monday, August 30, 2010

Star Struck Blog Tour & Giveaway...

Well, today is my day to ask Barbara Cline, author of Star Struck Quilts a few questions. By now, if you've been following along on the blog tour, you've discovered a great deal about her. Let's see if there isn't something new we can learn.

Hi Barbara! Welcome to Quilternity's Place and thanks for asking me to participate in the tour for your wonderful book.

I was wondering if you ever enter contests?

"Yes, I have entered contests in the past. As time moves on I am getting busier and busier and I can see entering contests fading out of my life. Don't hold me to that though. Here are three quilts which I have entered in contests. The first two pictures were taken at the Virginia Quilt Museum http://www.vaquiltmuseum.org/ where I was the curator for my family in "Five Generations of Mennonite Quilts" quilt exhibit."




What is your favorite process of quilt making?

"That is a hard question to answer because I enjoy it all. I get excited about designing and what I have come up with and then I love to pick out fabrics. Cutting is probably the least favorite but I even enjoy that. Sewing the quilt together is so rewarding because your ideas come alive, or not come alive. Deciding on what to quilt is great because the quilting adds to the design of the quilt. And last but not least the binding is relaxing because at the end of a day I can prop my feet up and visit with my family while I bind the quilt."


What I particularly like about Star Struck Quilts are the clever ways Barbara shows for diversifying the basic traditional Lone Star quilt pattern. There are so many possibilities! You can mix 'n match blocks and center stars for up to 27 different quilts. Plus, she shows you how to design a quilt that is like no other - your own unique quilt! And, she makes it seem so easy. I'm always in awe of the mind that can conceive of these concepts.

In addition, Barbara talks a bit about fabric selection, which is an important aspect, I think, when making quilts like these and something that is a stumbling block for many quilters.


If you would like to see what else Barbara has to offer, here are the links to her webshop and blog.

August 23 - Julia Graber
August 24 - Polly the Patchworker
August 25 - Quilter's Corner
August 26 - Dorcas Smucker
August 27 - Canton Village Quiltworks
August 28 - Mountain Musings
August 29 - Spun Sugar Quilts
August 30 - Quilternity's Place
August 31 - Burgundy Buttons
September 1 - Little Lady Patchwork
September 2 - Tazzie Quilts

So - if you leave me a comment on this post, you'll be eligible to win a copy of SSQ or the Pen-style Chaco liner, Flower head pins, & Best Press spray.  I'm also going to draw a third name who will win a $25 gift certificate to my shop. Please make sure when you leave your comment that I have a way to contact you. I would love to know if you've ever attempted a Lone Star Quilt before and what your experience was like.

I'll be using the random # generator to determine the THREE winning names on the evening of Sept 2nd and will post that info first thing Friday morning!  Good luck and check back to see if you're a winner!

eta:  Winning names drawn - giveaway closed!!

81 comments:

Sherry said...

WOW!! I think that this is the first time I have had the #1 comment spot ever!! he he

I loved the questions. . . especially about entering contests.

Have a great day,

Sherry V.

Karen S said...

I have finished one lone star quilt -- it has a Halloween theme and I will be putting it up this week (as soon as the kids leave for school)! I'd love to be part of the giveaway!

Exuberant Color said...

I have made a Virginia star but never a Lone Star. This book looks very interesting.

Carin said...

Those quilts are breathtaking!

Lone star is on my list of one day I would like to make but I have never attempted it because of all the diamonds involved :O)

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

I haven't seen some of these other photos of her quilts. She is amazing! I really want that book and am trying ever so hard :)

Sally said...

What a nice interview! I love the diversity of her designs. Thanks for your insightful questions also.

Nancy said...

Thank you for the interview! I've never tried a Lone Star quilt.

deserae said...

I am so amazed by all these quilts! They are so stunning!
deserae (at) gmail (dot) com

Donna~~ said...

Enjoyed your interview--Barbara's quilts are fantastic! I have an unfinished (and blah) Lone Star that could definitely use some jazzing up!

Marcia said...

I have not attempted a lone star quilt. Would really like to win a copy of Barbara's book and try some of these star patterns. Thank you for the giveaway.

Mama Spark said...

I have made a couple and they are kind of difficult and fussy but beautiful when finished. I LOVE the quilts in her book and would love to win a copy.

Kathryn said...

I sure wish I had seen that exhibit at the VA Quilt Musuem. It looks fabulous. This book looks like a real winner. Kathie L in Allentown

rosemaryschild said...

I am new to quilting-just 2 quilts made-I have never tried a Lone Star quilt. Barbara's quilts are amazing & I'm sure so is this book! Thanks! Susan spierssusan52@gmail.com

lips said...

Thank you for the great giveaway!
I have never done a Lone Star quilt, but would love to try it!
Colleen
butler83ataoldotcom

Donna said...

Count me in! I am enjoying this blog tour for Barbara's book!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what incredible quilts! Barbara is such a gifted quilter. Thanks so much for sponsoring this giveaway and thanks for including me :-)

Crispy said...

I think this is the first time I actually posted on the first day. I kept forgetting (what an air head) LOL.

I sure hope I can win one of these books, this is the best give away ever!!

Crispy

arlette said...

Wow, her quilts are speechless, it's definitely pieces of art. I haven't made a Lone Star quilt yet, I'd really love to <3

Jenny said...

please count me in! those stars are amazing! ive never tried a lone star before...they are so amazing...and a wee bit intimidating!

Anonymous said...

The more I read and see, the more I want this book!!! Thanks for the interview/photos--she IS an amazing lady! Please count me in for the drawings! Peggy B

montanagirlpjb@centurytel.net

Anonymous said...

I Love the design that Barbara has on her book, it really stands out using black and red, with the grey and a little of the white to make it pop. I started a lone star last year and have two sections done, don't want to rush things. Hoping to finish it next year. As soon as I find it. Carol

Heather Acton said...

I've never tried stars. I'm terrified of points. Maybe once I've had a little more experience.

Anonymous said...

The intrigue of Barb's original designs is so captivating! I have enjoyed each of the visits to the different sites.
Doris at lddiener@gmail.com

VickiT said...

Oh I absolutely love that first quilt posted. Such a gorgeous one.
I know I really need to have this book now if there is information about picking fabrics. That's THE hardest thing I have to deal with and what has stopped me from doing something other than a baby quilt to date.

Heather said...

No I have never attmepted a Lone Star quilt. I have just always looked at them in awe when I see them! Here's hoping one day I will!!
h_freund@hotmail.com

gill said...

I've never done a lone star but I'd love to try!!
Gill

MonikaC said...

I started quilting a year ago. I haven't made a lone star quilt yet, but I have dreams of making one. I am excited to see this book! Everything looks so beautiful!

lamawe said...

this book looks so beautiful and inspiring. i love to piece quilts but don't do it often. i would love to win this book.
maxine

ytsmom said...

I've read that this book is a must-have. Can't wait to see what she will come up with next!

Patty said...

Wow she has beautiful quilts. I haven't tried a lone star quilt yet but it is on my to do list.

Kay said...

More nifty information about Barbara. And I like the look of your website here. Bookmarking so I can come back this evening. Love the colors I see splashed around.

You can contact me at KFicken at gmail dot com or through my blog link.

Todd Diggs said...

Wow! They are amazing designs, and having just straight cuts, they might be perfect for the guy who is scared of curves.

Loretta said...

Wow...those pics of Barbara's quilts are amazing!!!!!
I have never done a lone star but have wanted to for years.

floribunda... aka Julie said...

I did one tiny lone-star block when I made my Nearly Insane quilt a few years ago, and I've been thinking about making a full-size one... but I guess I need to win a copy of the book to get me started!

Denise :) said...

I liked the question/answer about entering contests, too. Great job! :)

Miriam said...

Wow!!! Those quilts are breathtaking!!

I have never tried to make a lone star quilt before, but I think I am up to the challenge now!

Thank you for the interview with Barbara. :)

Winona said...

I have never made a Lonestar quilt, but it is definitely on my long list of quilts to make. I love this book more every day I read about it. I hope I win it. Good interview. Winona

...so we added chickens said...

Barbara's quilts are stunning. I especially like the third contest quilt that reminds me of a dahlia. I have never made a Lone Star quilt, but it has been at the top of my must make list since I became interested in quilting. When I get up the nerve, I will make one.

Sandy said...

I have never attempted a Lone Star quilt. That is on my "to do" list for the future. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

Meghan Plessinger said...

I love star quilts in all forms and fashions! I have attempted the blazing star quilt and that was hard enough, I can't imagine a Lone Star Quilt. Thanks for a great interview and great giveaway.
Meghan
sweetpeammg@yahoo.com

Diane said...

I just found your blog and I love it. You really inspire me. Is the giveaway still open?

Duff said...

the stars are too difficult for me because I can't seem to eye them up correctly--the seams to sew when they are 'offset' or 'y-seams'. When the time is right, I'll get a sign so until then!!

scottylover said...

I'd love a copy of this book, the quilts are stunning! Thanks for the chance to win it or some of the other goodies!

Sandy A

Joanna said...

The quilts look beautiful!

mharpole said...

Wow! Barbara is such a talented quilter. I am in awe just seeing her quilts. No, I have not made a lone star quilt but would love to do so.

Barb said...

Lone Star quilts are beautiful, but I have always felt intimidated by them. Maybe I'll win this great skill building book.

Debbie said...

Thanks for the interview with Barbara, Terri, and for sharing photos of some of her fantastic work with us.

barbara powers said...

I have made a lone star quilt... with delectable mountains border. It included a lot of paper piecing. Unfortunately, it was not until the top was done that I noticed I had inadvertently used 2 different black fabrics-- had to rip it out!
Barb P
barbpowers77@gmail.com

Martina said...

Oh I just love those stars! Thanks for the chance to win this book!

AnnieO said...

Great questions, Terri! What a prolific designer and quilter she is. I am floored by the intricacy of her star quilts. Lone Star has long been on my list of quilts to make but I have not made one--too skeered of all those bias edges I guess! Thanks for the opportunity to win.

Janet said...

I've never made a lone star quilt but I've admired them for years and hope to make one someday.

Béa said...

I would be very happy to win this beautiful book, thanks for the chance !

SheilaC said...

Thank you for the give away, this book has some gorgeous quilts in it!

I would love to try a lone star quilt!

SheilaC

Anonymous said...

BEUTIFUL Quilts!!! They are each unique and each have their own beuty. Love the question and answers to Barbaras favorite part of quilting...ALL of it. :) ---Jolene Powell

JSDAPowell@aol.com

Anya said...

Those are stellar quilts! Thanks for the chance, too!

Meagan said...

I haven't yet tried a Lone Star (or any other type of star). I would love to first read her insight and advice on how to make them. They seem so intimidating to me!

Kim D. said...

Wow, I love star block and would love a chance to win. Thanks for the chance Terri.

Anonymous said...

I have known Barbara for years and would love to win her book.

annmarie said...

I've never done a Lone Star quilt but would sure like to try one. Barbara's book would be the perfect take off point!

Cecilia said...

I haven't tried a Lone Star quilt yet, but I would like to one day. I am still a little intimidated of the pattern. Thanks for the chance to win.

MaryAnnYutzy said...

Here I am, "Johnny Come Lately" but I still want to leave my comment and let you know how to contact me!
MaryAnnYutzy@gmail.com is the e-mail address.
My blog is www.xanga.com/buckeyegirlie

Deb said...

I would love to be included, esp to win a gift cert to your shop! And..I've never tried sewing a star quilt at all. I think it would be a neat thing to try and a big job, too!

webmailaddress2 said...

I especially like the first feature quilt picture.

Carol in E TN said...

I have never made a Lone Star quilt. Maybe I will if I win this book!

MoeWest said...

I was looking at the gallery of quilts on Barbara's webshop and I really like Whirling Stars. I would love to learn to make a quilt like that.

natalie said...

Once again I enjoyed reading more about Barbara. I've always loved Lone Star quilts but haven't made one yet. Can't wait to try out this new book!

Blessed said...

Count me in! I am enjoying this blog tour for Barbara's book.

Karen said...

Wowza, the quilts pictured are stunning. I'd love to win this book. Thanks!

Merlyn said...

What beautiful quilts! Thanks for a chance to win!

Kim said...

What an awesome giveaway. The quilts are so beautiful.

Vernon and Kim said...

Wow! I can hardly wait to get my hands on one of these books.

Ruth said...

just love that book!! Also love fabric and still have hope of owning a fabric store!!

Cathie in UT said...

Terri thanks for the chance to win the book and I just have to say you asked some great questions.
Love your blog and glad i found it thru this little hop!

Nancy Sue said...

Thank you Terri, for hosting this part of the blog book tour. I am a newbie's newbie to the quilt world. Although, I am learning lots from the wonderful blogs. I have NOT yet tried a Lone Star pattern. The closest I've gotten, is wearing my 3 year old son's sheriff badge!
nsue21702 at gmail dot com

Brenda said...

I have a feeling that Barbara has enough other quilts to have two or three or more quilt books in the works. I am simply amazed at her quilts.

amy j. said...

would love to win this book or any of the other prizes! thanks for the chance!

Aaltje said...

Please enter me in the giveaway. I hope the book teaches me how to meke perfect points in a starquilt.

Lori said...

You must have so much fun with all those gorgeous fabrics! Thanks for hosting Barbara's tour.

Anonymous said...

I'm not very good at leaving comments on blogs, but I would like to win that book! Thanks for the opportunity! -Penny

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed reading your blog and loved the interview with Barbara. Great idea. I'll check it often to see what's new.

See you soon!
Beryl

Omaloriann said...

Beautiful work. Look forward to seeing the book in person.