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Ann Champion’s Blog

Today’s quilt top from the cupboard is a String Star. It’s a fairly recent quilt top, dating to the last 10 years or so. It’s construction is not the norm for a string quilt.
Usually a string quilt is made by sewing strips to a foundation, either paper or fabric. This quilt top was made by sewing long strips of fabrics together, pressing, then the pieced star units were cut from this newly made strippy fabric. The stars are set together with an aqua solid.

It’s machine sewn.
I’m not sure why the maker did her String Star this way, but it looks like it would go together real fast?
The construction of the string star units surprised me, but there’s no question about how the blocks were made because there is a 7-8 foot panel of the pieced strips that came with the top.
If I decide I want to..I can make more blocks from...

Ann Champion’s Blog

Last Fall I submitted a design to Quiltmaker Magazine’s ongoing design contest. The “contest” is a vehicle for readers of the magazine to submit their designs to the magazine for publication. If they publish your design..you get $150. That’s just for the design which could be a computer print out or a colored drawing of the design on graph paper.
If you have made a quilt from the design and the magazine would like to use it too, you get an additional sum of money for sending them the quilt for photography and for it’s use.
Kathee Powloka, the Editorial Assistant at the time, called me and said they loved my design and would like to use it. She said they really liked my quilt too..and asked if I would send it to them for photography.
They sent me the paperwork to fill out with info about the quilt and design and gave me...

Ann Champion’s Blog

Once I had the top put together it looked like a pond with lily pads to me? I quilted it by machine using a large stipple…and I decided to applique a few leaping frogs on the quilt. Well now..half hex quilt isn’t a very fancy name..so I named it “Leap Frog”.

I had problems with the quilting..the thread kept breaking, my machine overheated and went berserk, and I used fusible batting..which gummed up the needle pretty good, but I was determined to finish this one! Changing to a larger eyed needle, and swabbing Pam onto it helped a lot. I ended up with a couple of puckers on the back..but I can live with it. It IS the back after all.

I love my Leap Frog quilt…warts and all!
Tags: appliqued frog, half hex quilt along, hexagon, large stipple quilting, leaping frog

Ann Champion’s Blog

Once I had the top put together it looked like a pond with lily pads to me? I quilted it by machine using a large stipple…and I decided to applique a few leaping frogs on the quilt. Well now..half hex quilt isn’t a very fancy name..so I named it “Leap Frog”.

I had problems with the quilting..the thread kept breaking, my machine overheated and went berserk, and I used fusible batting..which gummed up the needle pretty good, but I was determined to finish this one! Changing to a larger eyed needle, and swabbing Pam onto it helped a lot. I ended up with a couple of puckers on the back..but I can live with it. It IS the back after all.

I love my Leap Frog quilt…warts and all!