Seeing Stars: Books, Blogs, and Quilts with Barbara H. Cline
4.30.2016

As a quilt designer and teacher with 35+ years of experience, Barbara H. Cline knows her quilts. She uses her experience to inspire and instruct fellow quilters on her popular blog, QuiltinGal, gives various lectures at shops throughout the world, and has published four quilting books in the past six years. Her newest book, Amazingly Simple Triangle Stars, focuses on the process behind the creation of a beautiful quilt, including how to impart your own flair on a design and improve your skills as a quilter. We asked Barbara some of our burning questions about Amazingly Simple Triangle Stars and she answered!

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What was your inspiration for writing this book?

I realized when I designed one of the quilts in this book I could see other components of design within one block quilt.  I could color different pieces of the blocks different ways and make more background designs.  The more I looked and thought, the more shapes I saw.  There are more designs in this layout.

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How/when did you figure out the one-block tactic for designing quilts?

It was years ago, while playing with a specific block I designed. I placed a square block in a square block layout and then I placed it in a tumbling block layout.

A light bulb experience.  Now my question to myself was, ” What could I do with other triangle, lone star, diamond and tumbling block layouts with other block designs.”
How long did it take to put this book together?

It took two or three months to come up with the quilt ideas,  then about eight months to make the quilts, and another month and a half to get it published.

What was the process like?

1. Designing and playing on my Electric Quilt 7 program. 2. Have an outline idea for a book. 3. Make a few of the quilts and record important information about making the quilts.  4. Send a proposal to my publisher (this is the scary step since it can get rejected).  5. Finish the quilts. 6. Work with the publisher for about nine months.

What would you consider to be the most important guideline from your book?

I would say there are two important guidelines.  Cutting accurately and sewing 1/4″ seams.  When teaching a class it always amazes me how there are quilters who think they have a 1/4″ seam but their seam  is a  scant small or a scant large.

What advice (that isn’t already mentioned in the book) can you give to people looking to buy this book or create something from it? The design possibilities are endless when you start changing colors and values on different pieces of the quilt layout in this book.

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How does using a design wall for your projects change the process for putting them together? How does it affect the outcome? When designing on my Electric Quilt 7 program I can see with color in an instant if the value is right or wrong.  This gives me an idea when I pick fabrics of the different value placement. I still may change out fabrics after I start piecing.

After more the 35 years of sewing experience, what do you still want to accomplish in your career?

A fifth book will be coming out the end of 2017 which I am so excited about. At this point I don’t have any other ideas in my head.  I hope that when I am in my 90s I will still be able to make quilts with my hands, but if I can’t I will still count my blessings.

What’s next for the “QuiltinGal”?

I am super excited to be on The Quilt Show this September. I was interviewed from my home in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia last summer and will be on a segment of the show.

 

To help Barbara celebrate the release of her new book, Connecting Threads is giving away a copy of Amazingly Simple Triangle Stars to one of our readers! To enter for a chance to win this lovely prize, simply comment below with the fabric collection you would use to create your own Amazingly Simple quilt! A winner will be picked next Tuesday, May 5th.


104 comments

  1. Tac - April 30, 2016

    I would love to use Pen & Inked or batiks to make one of these amazing quilts.

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  2. Patricia - April 30, 2016

    These are so beautiful. I want to make one of each kind!

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  3. Ann Martin - April 30, 2016

    Need to expand my skills and try something exciting
    Colors and triangles that have baffled me in the past

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  4. Bridget - April 30, 2016

    I love using solid brights and black!

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  5. Juls in FL - April 30, 2016

    Red. Love that collection, and love that color!

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  6. Nancy - April 30, 2016

    Moda has line of batiks called Fire and Ice that would look smashing in one of Barbaras quilts. Thanks for sharing the giveaway.

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  7. Jackie - April 30, 2016

    Would love to do it in batiks.

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  8. Mary Furber - April 30, 2016

    I think one of the quilts could be done in your Sedona Sunrise fabric line. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  9. Anita - April 30, 2016

    I would like to make it in Marblehead by Ro Gregg.

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  10. Rose - April 30, 2016

    This book sounds wonderful! Would love to win it!

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  11. Robin Whittum - April 30, 2016

    I usually stick with the teks they’re my favorite. I like purples and greens so I’m not really into collections as much as colors and types but I could see a hundred different colors and types to use for these quotes. Robin.bryggarb@gmail.com

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  12. Lisa - April 30, 2016

    I think some Quilter’s Candy Solids would make this fabulous! I am very excited about this book; some beautiful quilts in here. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  13. Maureen - April 30, 2016

    I would make it out of batiks. These quilts are so beautiful!

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  14. Janet T - April 30, 2016

    It would look good in light greens to dark blues in the batiks. There are some interesting designs in the book.

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  15. Linda Gagliano - April 30, 2016

    I have a lot of solids sitting on a shelf that would be great for one of the projects.

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  16. Lynn F - April 30, 2016

    I would like to make this with RJR reds and use Quilters Candy solids for the needed contrast.

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  17. Colette - April 30, 2016

    I think it would be great to make in a solids gradation. Like Violet blue to sky blue.

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  18. Rosalind Gutierrez - April 30, 2016

    I would use the Colorworks Concepts collection by Northcott for an intriguing star quilt.

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  19. Quilting Tangent - April 30, 2016

    I have know idea what collection to use. Would have to figure out which quilt, first then a color theme, then which fabric.

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  20. Diana R - April 30, 2016

    I would love to use yellow and grey batiks.

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  21. Betsy Madsen - April 30, 2016

    I would like to use Jinny Beyer’s sunset palette with black for contrast.

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  22. Terry L. Amato - April 30, 2016

    Enchanted Pines, Winter Frost, Pen N Inked would be some of the collections I could see making these patterns from… Love the changes in looks just be change of fabric!

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  23. Meredith Adolf - April 30, 2016

    I love batiks…but these would be stunning in solids. It would be fun to play!

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  24. Sandi - April 30, 2016

    I would probably use Bella solids. Thanks for a chance to win a copy of this book.

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  25. Nancy Wright - April 30, 2016

    I really enjoy using bright and primary colors. This book looks intrequing!!!

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  26. EllenB - April 30, 2016

    I would use solids and white to make a fun quilt! The book has some beauties in it.

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  27. Brenda - April 30, 2016

    I probably wouldn’t use a single collection, as I tend to go scrappy most of the time. I’d start with a dark background (blue, purple, black) and light stars (glowing colors, yellows, organges), and I’d accent with a fabric that I’d have to search for: lighter than the stars and that gives the impression that the star is radiating light. Hope that makes sense. Then I would like to make one using the French General collections. I think they would lend themselves to kaleidescopic stars, as shown on the cover quilt.

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  28. Pam C - April 30, 2016

    I would use scraps to make one of these.

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  29. LindaCC - April 30, 2016

    Barbara’s book looks amazing. I would love to make some. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy.

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  30. anna Brown - April 30, 2016

    I really think your enchanted pines would look good in this or maybe some shades of batiks… happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  31. Rochelle Summers - April 30, 2016

    I would use marbled solids and tone on tones in bright colors. Looks like it will be a great book.

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  32. Brenda Wilkinson - April 30, 2016

    Beautiful and intricate. Batiks would look wonderful.

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  33. Antonia Arnold - April 30, 2016

    Greys, yellow and white with a few blacks for accect would be my choice. Intriguing.

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  34. Judith Green - April 30, 2016

    WoW!!! Fantastic design work!

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  35. Barb Losee - April 30, 2016

    I would use the Quilter’s Mottled Mirage! I love solids and I think these would lend themselves well to the dimensional cubes! Would sew love to win this book!

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  36. beth daniels - April 30, 2016

    I would love to receive this book. It would open up my horizons.

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  37. Anita - April 30, 2016

    Any of these designs would look fabulous in batiks.

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  38. Nancy D. - April 30, 2016

    I think I’d like to use the Pen & Inked fabrics.

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  39. Sue - April 30, 2016

    I think I would use solids. Probably shades of blue, indigo with some yellow highlights.
    I’d love to win this book. It looks intriguing!

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  40. April - April 30, 2016

    I would start with Kona solids to test it out and get a feel for the design before coming up with a more complicated plan.

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  41. Linda Pawlak - April 30, 2016

    I would love to use Kaffe Collective Winter Floral! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  42. Thunder - April 30, 2016

    I have many different fabrics that I would use in these quilts.thanks for the chance to win a copy.

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  43. Terry - April 30, 2016

    Hmmmm, I’m thinking batiks would be just the ticket! Thank you for the chance to win!

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  44. Chris - April 30, 2016

    I would probably choose some Patrick Lose solids or maybe some Oakshot solids and some batiks. I’d need to audition some fabrics and play first.

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  45. Bonnie - April 30, 2016

    I would use the Quilter’s Candy solids so I could get a wide range of colors to work with. That way I could do gradations or sharp contrasts.

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  46. Alice Ronne - May 1, 2016

    I have a lot of batiks that would work well. Do love the solids though. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  47. Patricia Gottshalk - May 1, 2016

    Does anyone else see “brown paper packages tied up with string”?

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  48. Cathy Wilson - May 1, 2016

    I have two packages of shot cotton that would look beautiful in one of these patterns. I’d love to win this book, thanks!

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  49. Bobbi - May 1, 2016

    I loved reading about the author’s process. Thank you so much for your unique interview questions.

    I would probably use batiks to make my quilt. I just love how vibrant they are.

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  50. Carol Yoder - May 1, 2016

    Red with blacks and grays

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  51. Marcella Christiansen - May 1, 2016

    It was pleasure to read Barbara’s write up on her approach to her quilting. …always love hearing about others and learning anything new…thank you!!!

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  52. Paula Triebenbach - May 1, 2016

    I can hardly wait to see the complete book. These teasers are so exciting.

    Paula

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  53. Donna Austin - May 1, 2016

    I do believe I would make this quilt with Cotton Couture Solids by Michael Miller Fabrics in the Oslo blues, greys and browns. Barbara’s triangle blocks are amazing.

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  54. Barbara Geiger - May 1, 2016

    I think if like to make it in bright solids or tone-on-tones. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  55. Carmen N - May 1, 2016

    I’d love to make one in my daughter’s bedroom colors: bright pink, lime green, aqua with navy blue borders.

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  56. Nancy N - May 1, 2016

    I can see myself using the Pen and Inked collection. The nuances of the purples, turquoises and greens would be wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity to win Barbara’s book, I have been interested in it since I first saw a release article.

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  57. Michelle Steenbergen - May 1, 2016

    I would use batiks to make one of the quilts in this book. I love the rich colors and textures of batiks!

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  58. Melody Lutz - May 1, 2016

    I would use my batiks!!!

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  59. Nancy Green - May 1, 2016

    I think the Batik Paradise Basics would make some lovely stars!!

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  60. kathy pfaltzgraff - May 1, 2016

    I think some basic colors from Kona solids, looks like a great book. Kathy in Colo

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  61. QuiltShopGal - May 1, 2016

    I’m thinking some vibrant Kona cottons.

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  62. Laurie - May 1, 2016

    These quilts are amazing

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  63. Linda Valinho - May 1, 2016

    I would use the Atrium collection for the geometric prints.

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  64. Deb - May 1, 2016

    I’m thinking the new solids from Fig Tree…just got a bundle in the mail!

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  65. Anja @ Anja Quilts - May 1, 2016

    This looks intriguing. I would use solids.

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  66. Lisa Marie - May 1, 2016

    I hope to make an all solids quilt one day and I think this one would be lovely using solids in a sea glass palette — aquas, blues, greens, etc — and something bold to form the stars. Maybe black or navy or maybe red or orange. I’d have to ponder it a while. This looks like an amazing book.

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  67. Amanda Garvin - May 1, 2016

    I want to do it with the background cubes popping out and 30’s fabrics.

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  68. Janet Dietman - May 1, 2016

    Batiks absolutely

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  69. Lorinda - May 1, 2016

    I just bought a bunch of batiks fat quarters from one end of the rainbow to the other and they would be Perfect for this pattern!

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  70. Cathey Self - May 1, 2016

    I think the patriotic minis collection would be fun with the Amazingly Simple Triangle stars.

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  71. Jan N. - May 1, 2016

    I would use some bright colored batiks. All of Barbara’s designs in this book are stunning and I’d love to make one of each of them. Even though they all use the same block, they are all so very unique.

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  72. Mary Dowell - May 1, 2016

    I think the the patriotic minis collection would be a good choice for the Amazingly Simple Triangle. Also I think bright solids would be a good choice.

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  73. Betty Harden - May 1, 2016

    I think I would either use Moda Fire and Ice or. Red, grey and snow solids. Would love to win the book. Thanks for the opportunity.

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  74. Michelle Taylor - May 1, 2016

    I don’t know a whole lot of fabric lines, but I could definitely see making one of the triangle patterns in batiks, or try to do a kaleidoscope thing!

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  75. Allison CB - May 1, 2016

    I would love to try one of theses quilts using blacks and shades of grey!

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  76. Janet - May 1, 2016

    I don’t know what fabric I would use, probably a solid palette. What fun it will be to play with this pattern.

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  77. Karen Nicholson - May 1, 2016

    I would love to win this book. What a fabulous design.

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  78. Judy Forkner - May 2, 2016

    I think I would choose bright colors — some of Jinny Beyer’s Palette fabrics would be great!

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  79. Marly - May 2, 2016

    I would use solids and black and white. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

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  80. Brit Schjelderup - May 2, 2016

    Hi, what a fabulous book with so many options coming from one simple idea. I would LOVE to win a copy

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  81. carol - May 2, 2016

    I would use some batiks for this, and then maybe another with rainbow colors from the robert kaufman collection!!! I’d love to win this book!!!!

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  82. Beth in TN - May 2, 2016

    Robert Kaufman’s Fusion Blooms in the spring colors would be ideal for this!

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  83. Agnes Gates - May 2, 2016

    Amazing, would love to have this book.

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  84. Beth French - May 2, 2016

    I would use Mosiac Blooms feom Connecting Threads

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  85. Karen Moore - May 2, 2016

    I have some hand dyes that I did a couple years ago. Might be interesting for one of these quilts.

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  86. Debbie Feulner - May 2, 2016

    I would love to try this technique

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  87. Christine Lyle - May 2, 2016

    These are fabulous quilts! Would love to give it a try.

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  88. Elaine Rodes - May 2, 2016

    Black & gray with a touch of red.

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  89. Jessica T. - May 2, 2016

    I love the black and white version but I’d make it with a brighter colour…maybe purple or pink.

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  90. amy f - May 2, 2016

    I think either solids or batik would be gorgeous in these patterns.

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  91. Barbara - May 2, 2016

    I just took a class from Barbara Cline on how to make the triangle block which is the basis for all the designs in this book, and they really ARE simple to piece! Her designs are so amazing and she is a wonderful teacher. I would use either bright batiks or maybe gradation solids for one of the designs in the book. I’d love to win a copy!

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  92. Naomi Bannister - May 2, 2016

    Beautiful quilts!

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  93. Mary Power-Burke - May 2, 2016

    This book looks amazing, I love anything starry. As for what collection I’d use hard to say, been doing a lot of “controlled” scrappy. Maybe the Quilters Candy with black for a background color to make the colors pop.

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  94. Jennifer - May 2, 2016

    When I first saw the layout for Plying with Cubes all I could think of was this would be a great design to use up the various oranges I have in my stash. I think I’ll use a vibrant purple for the star link. That’ll make a very bright quilt.

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  95. Beata - May 2, 2016

    Wonderful idea: one block – endless possibilities! I have to make at least one quilt from this pattern: some shades of gray, black, white and gold and perhaps tiny splashes of bright, vibrant colours. Thank you 🙂

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  96. Dalina Stevens - May 2, 2016

    I sure wish I could win one of these books, I would love to try making some of these.

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  97. Dorothy Schreyer - May 2, 2016

    Not sure of one collection, would combine black & whites with pop of blue, love that combo that is shown. Perfect for my granddaughter for graduation from college next year!

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  98. Amanda Best - May 2, 2016

    The book looks amazing. I think I would use fabrics from the kaleidoscope collection.

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  99. gayle - May 3, 2016

    I’m a scrappy quilter, so I’d end up with something from *each* collection, I think!

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  100. Lori Butler - May 3, 2016

    I’d like to make one using the Kaffe Collective Winter Floral collection. Love the colors and this book! The interview was very informative.

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  101. Kira Holladay - May 4, 2016

    I think I would use Kate Spain’s Aria. It’s one of my new favorites.

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  102. Kathleen - May 4, 2016

    This block is amazing. I wonder how it would look in Pen and Inked? I still want to get a collection of that fabric one of these days.
    Thanks for the opportunity to win!

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  103. Patricia Gottshalk - May 5, 2016

    beautiful book featuring a wonderful star.

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  104. Vicki D. - May 8, 2016

    I think a quilt made with the Quilter’s Candy Solids would look amazing. What an intriguing block this is.

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