Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Reverse Sawtooth Star

In my continued effort to make quilts from my stash this year, I pulled out my bin of Anna Maria Horner fabrics. I've made several quilts from her lines and as always there were leftover scraps, too precious to toss. For this quilt I chose some of my very favorite fabrics from multiple lines, some of which were fairly small pieces, and ended up with a quilt that I can't stop looking at!


The pattern idea came from blogger, Suzy Quilts. She has a full tutorial for this Reverse Sawtooth using an 8" square star. I decided with the bigger prints to go up to 12" {and fewer blocks to make}. The design is the same, just the block size is different.


For the background I chose Little Ruby dots in gray by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. I find that softer grays and creams really soften the saturated colors of Anna Maria Horner's fabrics. Love how this gray compliments the colors.


I quilted this one in organic "straight" lines using my walking foot. It's such an quick way to quilt something and I debated about it as I often feel it's a cop out because it is so easy. But I love the way it looks and doesn't overpower the fabrics or the design.


I raided my stash again for the backing and sewed 3 larger pieces of AMH prints together to get the size I needed.


To bind I chose Cotton + Steel Netorious in black.



I've been doing some thinking about blogs and blogging, heard and read some observations about them recently, and wondering if anyone's reading them any more. Watching my granddaughters practice doing cartwheels during the Olympics has me thinking even more. I need to put all those thoughts together and I'll share them with you next time.

Are you still reading many blogs and what are you looking for?

65 comments:

  1. I am still here and plan on continuing my blog. I have FB and IG but I still like settling in with a cup of tea and a tour through my favorite blog (which includes yours).

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  2. I still read blogs via Feedly. I just find them more interesting and informative than a quick pic on IG, although I'm not against that. I do appreciate that blogging takes a chunk of time for the blogger though. BTW, this quilt is just gorgeous and I love the positive/negative look.

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  3. I love reading blogs! But I understand the commitment. I love your quilt, it is just gorgeous!

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  4. I still read many blogs. Most (including me) are posting less frequently than they were a couple of years ago. While I enjoy photos alone on Instagram, I prefer blog posts for the additional information. I want to see photos along with the quilter's thoughts on the process, difficulties she had with the pattern instructions, her tips on construction, reasons she chose the fabrics she used, etc. For me, blogs form more of a basis for a quilting community and a learning community; they are the classroom while IG is show 'n tell (with the emphasis on show).

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  5. P.S. I like your newest quilt a lot! I've been thinking of doing something similar (similar in the sense of the alternating reverse blocks) with a fabric bundle I've had for over a year, but with denim instead of white or mostly white. It's one of those fabric bundles (Moda/s Regent Street Lawns) that I like so much, I've become paralyzed about cutting into it out of fear my vision will not be equal to the beauty of the fabric alone.

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  6. I read blogs every day! I'm looking for quilt design ideas and fabrics used in different ways than I would ever think up on my own. Hints and tips and info about new sites are always welcome. If a blogger chooses to share a little about their life I enjoy that as well. Many of us are not on Instrgram or Facebook, as we don't have time or perhaps the desire, but some of my favorite bloggers moved to those formats. I miss them and read more and more bloggers asking the same question. All I can say is, I enjoy reading your blog and seeing your projects and I really will miss you if you go.

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  7. I read blogs every day too. I love to get ideas from what others are making, looking at great fabric and reading quilt stories.

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  8. I still read blogs, but just not as often now that IG has become so popular. Like Cathy's comment above, I really enjoy watching the progress of people's latest creations, and the ideas or fabrics that someone else may try out, which then often creates that light bulb moment for me.....IG is just a quick view of someone's creation, but it does not help us to understand the journey they have taken.
    I have noticed that some bloggers are now posting only once or twice a week, and that works well for me, as I work full time, so it is easier to keep tabs on my favourite blogs. Love how you have used your stash to make such a gorgeous quilt.

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  9. I still read blogs!! I like all the background info that you just can't put into Instagram because it would be too long--like your comments today about the background and the backing and the quilting.
    Plus, I like lots of pictures of the same thing--different angles or closeup plus full quilt shot, and pictures of the process of going from fabric to competed quilt (even when it's not a full on tutorial. And I like all of these pics on one page--you could in theory post all such pics to fb or IG but you'd have to go back and forth. Here, I can just scroll up/down easily!

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  10. Ps I follow all of my blogs via feedly so all the posts are contained in one place, I don't have to go from site to site on the Internet.

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  11. I love reading blogs. I hardly ever go to IG. I know it takes time to blog and I truly appreciate your efforts. Love your work! Thanks for sharing!

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  12. I also love reading blogs. I been reading blogs for years. I love to see the quilts and hear about them. Plus I learn so much as I read them. I'm not that into IG. Just not my thing.
    Your work is so pretty. The talent is amazing.

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  13. THIS is exactly why I read blogs! To get inspired by beautiful quilts like yours and to learn what I can.

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  14. What a lovely quilt! Thank you for giving me a great idea for my brother's wedding quilt. Please continue to blog as I enjoy reading each installment.

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  15. I'm still reading blogs. I enjoy seeing the quilts you make and enjoy your thoughts about quilting and life. Have definitely noticed that quite a number of the people whose blogs I follow are not posting nearly as much as they used to.

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  16. . Could it be that the, cough clear my throat, that the older generation has taken over blogging much like Facebook and there is less hype but more quality posting? I read about sewing, quilting, cooking (a select few because there are 1000's) interior design and remodelling, gardening, and of course Tom and Lorenzo because they make me laugh. Fabric as well but that is a given.

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  17. Hi, obviously I read blogs (otherwise I wouldn't be here ;-) ) I am totally new to quilting, so I'm sucking up everything I can in so many different blogs. I am quite astonished by the whole discussion going on in so many blogs at the moment, because I have found the quilting/blogging community to be so inspiring and encouraging, that I even started my own blog a couple of weeks back. I have tried Instagram and Pinterest but I'm absolutely no fan of it - I don't want to post my pictures out there and get a one ine response, but rather I'd like to get to know the people in the community - and that needs room. An as several pre-posters have already mentioned: it's quality over quantity and that's good!

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  18. Your blog is my favourite! I always love seeing the quilts you make and the colours you use. I've never commented before but I really enjoy your blog and I would miss it a lot if you stopped blogging.

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  19. Oh, how pretty! So inspirational! Makes me want to stop what I'm doing and get to work on one! I'm still reading blogs, but summertime has slowed me down a little! Instagram just doesn't do it for me. Keep posting! Your blog is among my favorites! XO

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  20. I still read blogs and I'm always excited when I see that you have posted because you are one of my favorites. People are not posting as much and I miss the progress posts. I like to see what's going on along the way instead of just the finished product. If I get to vote, I sure hope you don't stop!

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  21. I still read quilting blogs, even though I don't always subscribe. I am probably one of the few people in the world that doesn't do Facebook, Tweeting, or Instagram. I do view Instagram, but refuse to get a new phone until the old one dies. I am an old fashion type of person, and that is one reason I enjoy reading and view anything quilts. So far, I feel that quilting blogs are one of the safest places to be where you are bombarded by the obscene. I pray you continue to blog and show what you accomplish with your fabrics. I find it all a piece of heaven. If I can figure out how to blog to safely show my handwork, I'll join the blogging world.

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  22. I still read blogs- every day if I can! They are more interesting than just a picture on IG. And now that it is not chronological it is hardly instant either! I always feel 'late to the party' when the conversation and banter is long finished!
    From my own blog's point of view, I have noticed my followers have increased by about ten over the last couple of months, when it hadn't risen, prior to this, in over a year- weird!! So maybe there is a resurgence with people turning away from IG? Who knows?

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  23. I prefer reading about the quilts, process, thoughts, etc, rather than just seeing pictures. Keep the blogs!

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  24. Love your quilt! I want one like that... and you gave me enough information that I can make my own! I read your blog and really appreciate the extra info you give about your quilts. I like knowing how you did it, where your inspiration came from, and seeing pictures of it. I don't do IG. I read quilting blogs everyday...that's how I start my morning..coffee and blogs. :-)

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  25. I read as many blogs as possible every day. They supply me with ideas, inspiration and valuable tutorials. Since I live in rural SC, staying connected this way helps me feel less isolated from the greater quilt community.

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  26. I'm still reading blogs - especially yours. :)

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  27. I am still reading blogs every day....I use a blogreader which does does not allow for instant comments. Rather than stop blogging maybe the readers need to rework there programs to allow comments. Another thought for me is I see a trend to have the perfect website, the perfect location to photograph a quilt, the ads which cover the screen. Somehow these things take the joy of sharing a quilt finish that I am so excited about. Hopefully this is good conversation to change things around. Anyway I love your Reverse Stars quilt...a great way to use those favorite fabrics. I do enjoy your blog...I have you on my blogreader of course!

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  28. I read loads of blogs, some I follow by email and the rest on bloglovin'. I really enjoy seeing the works in progress, and while instagram is good too, blogs can go into more detail and info about how the projects came to be.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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  29. I love this quilt
    I only recently found your blog, and I really like your ideas.
    I love reading blogs. I know there is a lot of time and commitment involved.
    We only get one life. Mine is so busy right now with my 93 year old twins (parents, and boy are they a handful) and two grown daughters and one grandchild, and of course, retired husband.
    I have to keep everyone happy. :-P

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  30. I really like quilting/sewing blogs and have learned so much from them. I have been learning to quilt the last several years and everything I have learned is from a blog. There are so many tips given in the written word, as well as explanations for fabric choices and insights into the making of the quilts. I don't look at instagram every day and when I do, it just makes me feel like everyone has so much more time to quilt and I don't feel any learning process on IG. The pictures are very inspiring but I don't understand the thought process behind them.

    I love your blog! I don't like to write so I will never blog, but I do appreciate when people take the time to update their blogs. I know it is a lot of work. I also do not comment on many blogs. With all this discussion about blogs going away, I have been inspired to comment more so that my favorite bloggers know they are appreciated by me!

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  31. I read blogs every day, and really miss the one's that have moved to Instagram. I dislike Insragram, and much prefer the connection to the blog writer that I get from blogs like yours. I know it takes more time to create a blog, but please don't stop writing.

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  32. This is really lovely! I think the soft grey does a beautiful job balancing out the amazing saturated colors.

    Yes, I absolutely am still here and blogging and reading blogs. I keep going back to bloggers who respond to my comments and interact with me, and I just look for someone who is excited about quilting. I definitely think there are things that blogs provide that other social media outlets will never be able to replace. I am definitely interested in hearing your thoughts, though.

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  33. What a lovely quilt! I read blogs everyday, but only the ones that I have email subscriptions to because they pop up in my In Box. I don't often comment, however, and sometimes I don't finish reading each one because I have so darn many!!! Not enough time in the day. But I have my favorites and will take time for those. I have learned most of what I know about quilting from bloggers, so I hope you are here to stay!

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  34. I read lots of blogs, using Feedly as my delivery. I don't use email delivery. Bloggers probably don't know I follow unless I comment, and I don't comment tons. I used to blog, but I got away from it, plus I never seemed to break into having many read what I posted. I retired recently, and I am thinking about starting my blog up again

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  35. Reading through blogs gives me inspiration, new tips to use and a great start to my day. Bloglovin' is my primary source for tracking new postings but I also use the links in a blog to explore that blogger's favorites. I'm disappointed that several blogs have been replaced by Instagram.

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  36. I read blogs everyday. They give me inspiration and shared love of quilting. I learn something new everyday. I have made new friends that enjoy the same things that I enjoy. I feel as though I am allowed to share in these creative peoples lives.

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  37. I still read blogs! Who said we don't read them anymore? Please keep on sharing I love your scrappy goodness! I did make a few pin cushions along with you and this quilt looks like a great scrap buster. Thank you for sharing! Enjoy your day.

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  38. I'm definitely still reading blogs! I do a fair amount of looking around on my phone, but I find reading blogs on my computer preferable. Posts on other types of social media tend to be very brief, and it's nice to read a blog that usually has more detail. I get a lot of quilty inspiration in design and colors on blogs.

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  39. I'm definitely still reading blogs! I do a fair amount of looking around on my phone, but I find reading blogs on my computer preferable. Posts on other types of social media tend to be very brief, and it's nice to read a blog that usually has more detail. I get a lot of quilty inspiration in design and colors on blogs.

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  40. The blogs that I follow tend to provide guidance, tutorials, and most certainly serve as a platform for ideas. They also tend to motivate me to try new things or to jump in to something that I've been intending to do (such as the Outlined Plus QAL). I'm interested in your thoughts on blogging and will be on the lookout for your post on the topic.

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  41. I read 15-20 blogs each evening. I'm looking for ideas and inspiration in many areas (color combinations, machine quilting, projects, insight on valuable tutorials, etc.), as well as the occasional anecdotes that prove we are all human! (Ruth in FL)

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  42. I'm still reading blogs through Feedly. I love IG, but I always want more detail and a larger picture to look at.

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  43. I read blogs! I love the story, not just the pictures, so for me IG is great but not a substitute. I like the feeling that a blog shares insights into the maker, not just the make. I do lose interest if the blogger doesn't post regularly. Current responsibilities mean I don't have time to join a guild so this is a virtual connection to other quilters. My goal is to be a better reader and comment more regularly so the blogger can know she's making a difference.

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  44. I love your quilt. Great idea, big blocks for big patterned fabric. I read blogs. I too like the story behind the pictures. I follow blogs on bloglovin. Even if someone doesn't blog a lot, I read their blog when it pops up.

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  45. And thanks for putting pin buttons on your pictures.

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  46. I'm still enjoying blogs. The depth is important to me as well as getting to know the individual. I don't expect posts every day and would hate for a blogger to feel the pressure to post often- even daily.

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  47. I still read your blog. I love what you do with scraps. I'm a scrappy quilting lover, and you are always inspiring!

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  48. Congratulations on your finished quilt! Love it! I too am following Suzy's Reverse Sawtooth pattern but doing the 8 inch blocks and treating it as a leader ended project. I still read your blog, thanks for posting!

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  49. Love the quilt! There's just something about star quilts that is just the greatest. I still read blogs but not as much as I used to only because of time issues. I've been on a reading books kick for the past several months so that's infringed also.

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  50. I love it when you have a new blog post. Your creations are always amazing and inspiring!

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  51. Beautiful quilt! I still really enjoy reading blogs. Instagram is fun for instant gratification to see something pretty, but I love the personal aspect of a blog. You can get to know the person so much better.

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  52. Lovely quilt! I definitely am still reading blogs, I like the more in depth content and getting to know the writer better.

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  53. I love this quilt! Am off to pull a pile of brights from my stash...
    I do read blogs, but have been pretty selective as I find you can lose a day pretty easily!

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  54. I'm still reading blogs, but have found not as many people are reading my blog, a sign of the times. My blog is such a good diary of my quilting life that I plan to keep on blogging, even if no one is reading. I hope you continue to do the same.

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  56. I was thinking about your blog this morning on my morning walk, here's why I love your blog and hope you continue to blog; your work is unique and inspirational, your blog isn't loaded with advertisements, you're not trying to sell me something. I'll be eager to hear your thoughts on blogging.

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  57. I love your blog and read many. I enjoy blog posts much more than any other social media posts.

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  58. Beautiful quilt, I love reading blogs and collecting ideas for my own projects. Hearing the thinking behind a quilt is all part of the fun.

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  59. I read any,many blogs. I like seeing the projects and inspiration that others share. Feel like I have "friends" who understand what I do as far as quilting goes. I am trying to be a better blog reader and leave more comments. Thanks for sharing.

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  60. I love reading blogs - especially yours! Sometimes even more than the newspaper. I love to know more of the ideas and stories behind a quilt. Why somebody did it this way and not the other way. So I can think about doing it my way. The pictures are much better than on instagram, so I can study them and trying to understand, how thinks are working.
    So please do not stop writing your blog!
    I follow you via bloglovin, but it is not so easy to write a comment.
    Greetings

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  61. I still read Blogs!! Love them..and do notice they seem to be disappearing. :( I don't choose to do FB, Instagram, Twitter etc stuff... and know I am not the only one. Please keep your Super blog going...it is like visiting a good friend! :)
    Oh..and I follow you on bloglovin & thru Email & Pinterest.

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  62. Yes, I scroll constantly when I get time, checking other people's sidebars to find MORE QUILTING to read about and pictures to drool over and be inspired by ! Keep blogging, please !

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  63. I read blogs daily, but have only subscribed to a few. I have trouble with chasing the right colours or matching fabric to a pattern I love, so I do get help and inspiration from bloggers. I also like to hear a bit about other people's lives....😀

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