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Thursday, July 24, 2014

500 Traditional Quilts Book- "Variable Toile Stars"

It is always exciting to have a quilt recognized and to receive notification that a quilt will be honored in a book. It seems like eons ago, that  "Variable Toile Stars" was accepted to Lark's new book 500 Traditional Quilts. Debut in Sept.

The blocks were started at Point Bonita Quilt Retreat with a group of ladies headed by Barbara Brackman. Barbara is a known author of many books on the history of quilt blocks and quilts.
Check out her books on Amazon.

Each year we would return home to make a quilt from a theme fabric or a particular design and bring it the following year for show and tell.

I worked on my design wall, trying to figure out just how I would set them.. If you will notice each block is the same, it just depends on the way you set the colors.  This was also a study in lights and darks, in other words values, not just color.

Shirley Greenhoe did the beautiful quilting on her longarm.quilting machine. This was much to large for me to handle. Photography done by our local  photographic artist: David Hoffman

In this close up, you can see the variety of toile fabrics that was used for each block.
There is even a fabric design showing a group of ladies sitting around a quilting frame, lower right hand corner of the block.

Yesterday, I was notified that the quilts are going to be shown at Houston's International Quilt Festival this fall. It is the Ruby Jubilee, ( for those of you that don't quilt, this is one of the largest quilt shows in the U.S.A. more than 60,000 quilters gather), later the Texas Quilt Museum in Central Texas, also plans for Festival in Chicago 2015 and several other venues.

I am sure the 500 Traditional Quilts book will be available at all the venues, and later from Amazon.

Wow, this quilt is going to do more traveling then I have lately.

I feel honored to share this quilt with such a large audience.  My thanks go to all the people it takes to put a book together, the hours they worked and for the gift of sharing.


  1. This is a beautiful quilt! Congratulations on the recognition -- it is well deserved. I hope you make it to Houston to see it with all the other quilts.

  2. Well done, Vivian. You should be very proud of this achievement.

  3. thank you everyone. Wish I could make it, but already have another commitment at that time,, however, hoping to see it at one of the other locations it will be visiting through out the year.


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