RED ALLOVER

Let me tell you about the quilt I’m working on. Remember the subtitle of my Feathered Star Quilt Blocks I book: Really Hard Blocks That Take a Long Time to Make? Well I’m at it again, only with a California Star Medallion quilt that will take a “really long time to make.” The center block is not so hard and I made it a while back, but the first border has 40 three-inch Ohio Stars. I seem to be making 4 blocks a day. The next border is a double-sawtooth and has 200 two-triangle squares. That’s a lot of bias-strips. Then I plan a sampler border of fourteen 12” blocks that all involve two triangle squares: some are new Feathered Star designs, some are traditional blocks that just have lots of triangles. The design involves lattices with about another 250 two-triangles squares

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I’m apparently not over the red and white craze inspired by the red and white quilt exhibit in New York a few years ago — and I do love my red stash. I realize some of the prints I’m pulling for this very scrappy quilt are from the 1980s: is that good or bad? The other reds are from my fabric lines Staples V, Raspberry & Cream, and Chocolate & Cherry.Red:whiteFQP

On my website, I put all the red prints I have for sale together on a page called RED ALLOVER. If you go there, along with yardage, you will also see a RED AND WHITE Fat Quarter Pack that I’ve put together to help you build and maintain your stash of red and white prints. I can’t explain it, but as I use up my old red and white prints, I get a little sad that I won’t “have” them anymore — thus the push to find more.http://www.marshamccloskey.com/redallover.html

Here are some other red and white quilts for your enjoyment.

Radiant Star with Tulip Applique

Radiant Star

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English Ivy

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Feathered Star Sampler

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Star of Chamblie Sampler

 

 

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Raspberry & Cream Fabric Line

rcsbomcoverI just heard from Clothworks that my new fabric line, Raspberry & Cream, is now being shipped to stores!! I’ll be getting my bolts at Feathered Star Productions next week! You can see the prints at:
http://www.clothworks.com/…/fabric…/raspberry-and-cream.html

I designed a Block of the Month Pattern for shops to go with the Raspberry & Cream fabrics. The 9″ sampler blocks are from my book, Marsha McCloskey’s Block Party. Shops interested in participating can order the pattern binder on my website. There’s still time!!!
http://www.marshamccloskey.com/wholesale.html
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Cyber Monday Sale

It’s Cyber Monday again! From now until Monday night 11/28/16, you can buy the new Bias Square-Plus rotary cutting ruler for HALF PRICE! I recently reordered this upgraded classic and have a slight storage problem—so you can benefit!  Regular price for this ruler is $24.95. The special one day price is $12.47. Shipping will be $5.75 for the ruler and whatever else will fit in a flat rate Priority Mailer. (If you order more items and they don’t fit in one mailer, shipping may be higher.)

http://marshamccloskey.com/biassquareplus.html

Hope you had a delicious Thanksgiving.

Feathered Star course with Craft University

My online Feathered Star course with Craft University is now “ON DEMAND”! You can start any time! For my followers on the blog, you can get 20% off by using the coupon code: NOW20

The class project is a 15″ Radiant Feathered Star: my favorite feathered star block and what I think is one of the easiest to piece. The online course covers drafting, precision cutting, and precision piecing.

Since I’m not able to travel to teach anymore, this is your chance to take my all-time favorite workshop.

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https://www.craftonlineuniversity.com/courses/feathered-star-quilting-techniques-with-marsha-mccloskey?utm_source=linkconnector&utm_medium=affiliate

 

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My  Radiant Blue wall quilt is made of 15″ Radiant Star blocks: the same block we make in the online course.

California Star

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I finished my new California Feathered Star block!  This is the one that I made the scrappy bias-strip set ups for. It is sized for a 9″ finished center. I’m working on a block book of 3″ finished blocks and this will be one of the projects. The 3″ Ohio Star is the same one used in the Winter Star block. I gave detailed instructions for its construction in the Winter Star Tutorial last year.  There is another California Star block that has a 7-1/2″ center (2-1/2″ Ohio Stars)  in my book Feathered Star Quilt Blocks II on page 34. The quilt shown here was one of the patterns in my book On to Square Two (out of print*).

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I also have an old quilt, probably from the 1930s or 1940s, that features one huge California Star. The Ohio Stars in this one finish at 9″so the center is 27″ across. I still haven’t figured out why a California Star has Ohio Stars in it…. maybe Variable Stars would be a better name here. Oh well.

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See Me on The Quilt Show

As you may already know, I appeared as the featured artist with Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims on The Quilt Show in episode #1203 and talked about my Winter Star pattern. If you didn’t have the opportunity to see this show the first time around, now you’ll have the chance to see it—and so many other terrific shows—at no cost in honor of International Quilting Weekend March 18-20. To find my show go to:
There is also a contest with over $11,000 in prizes featuring a Grand Prize of a BERNINA 570QE. It’s a fun weekend and quilters look forward to it every year.
 http://bit.ly/IQW-2016

My Online Feathered Star Workshop at Craft University

CraftUpromoMy Craft University course on Feathered Stars starts September 29!
I’m so excited! I went to Golden, Colorado, in June to do the taping. There’s even a video to promote it. Here’s the link:

Feathered Star Quilting Techniques with Marsha McCloskey

In the meantime, I’m working on the last post on the Winter Star — the one about sewing the block together. We had a few setbacks in August (a funeral to go to and my husband was in the hospital for a week) and it has thrown my schedule off somewhat. Thankfully, things have settled some and I’m back to my studio and getting ready to teach for the Utah Quilt Guild’s Quilt Fest 2015 in mid September. This is the last conference I have scheduled that I have to fly to. I had already agreed to do it last year when I decided to limit my travel to just the Northwest. I’ve been to this event before and they put on a really fun show: http://www.utahquiltguild.org/annual/

If you are interested in taking a class IN PERSON, I have scheduled some classes locally in the Eugene area and a retreat in Washington State next year.

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ENGLISH IVY QUILT,  Saturday, October 3, 2015 

At “Our Sewing Room” in Springfield, OR

I’ll be teaching my English Ivy quilt, which can be made in a miniature 3” block, or in a standard 6” block. You will learn some “cut it larger, true it down” sewing techniques and bias-strip piecing to make ½” scale triangles (for the miniature version). This is a very sweet two-color quilt. Cost is $55.

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2-DAY RADIANT FEATHERED STAR, Mon., Oct. 5 & Tues., Oct. 6, 2015

At “Our Sewing Room” in Springfield, OR

This 2-day class will include drafting instruction for the Radiant Feathered Star, color placement, and accurate rotary cutting and machine piecing. Lunch and snacks are included both days. Cost is $295 for the 2-Day workshop.

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5-DAY FEATHERED STAR RETREAT

AT THE WILD ROSE RETREAT CENTER in ORTING, WASHINGTON

Session I: June 3-7, 2016

Session II: June 8-12, 2016

If Feathered Stars are on your bucket list, this is your chance to learn from the quilting world’s Feathered Star expert! Enjoy 5 days of total Feathered Star immersion at The Wild Rose Quilt Shop and Retreat Center in Orting, Washington. The registration fee of $995 includes 4 nights double occupancy lodging, most meals, and daily classroom instruction with Marsha. The class agenda includes a trunk show, drafting and design, rotary cutting and machine piecing. You will have plenty of free sewing time and individual help from Marsha during this 5-day retreat!

QUESTIONS ABOUT THESE WORKHOPS? Contact Adonna Roelke at:

Email: GetawayGirlsRetreats@gmail.com                 Phone: 541-554-9537