Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Laurel’s Stars - One quilt, so many different approaches

As you know already, my friends and I are working away on several quilt patterns by delightful Blue Mountains quilt teacher and designer, Lynne Alchin.

IMG_1623We fell in love with Lynne’s Laurel’s Stars pattern when we saw Anne’s interpretation (above) of this exquisite applique quilt, and I can’t tell you how excited we were when Lynne agreed to travel down to us at Paddington Patchworkers to teach us this and another pattern, Princess Plenty.

It never ceases to fascinate me how a single quilt pattern can inspire so many amazing variations, and I’m loving every one of these.

This is Lynne’s own softly interpreted Laurel’s Stars quilt.


Di B has machine appliqueed  her leaves in a stronger green, and done something sneaky (of course!). She has fussy cut her star shapes in a single piece instead of paper piecing them, as in the pattern instructions. This meant she could preserve the charming floral posies in the centre of each one. Good thinking Smile


Sue has added even more drama with strongly contrasting swags around a meticulously fussy cut star inside the inner circle.


Janet’s is gentler and more muted, with lots of interest from fussy cutting too. Just look at those swags!


A variety of greens adds liveliness and interest to Rae’s leafy wreath, and that warm red in the star and swags is one of her signature colours.


You’ve seen this one previously, but I couldn’t resist adding Desley’s vintage-look scrappy version to the gallery.


It’s going to be fun watching – and sharing – their progress.

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  1. They are all just beautiful!! I like the scrappy version best.

  2. all are so pretty - I especially like the colors of the last one you show.

  3. Wow! So many beautiful fabrics in these - just gorgeous! blessings, marlene

  4. I would love to create this quilt are you able to tell me where I could get the pattern


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