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!!