Welcome back guest blogger and quilt and fabric designer Audrey Wright of Legacy Patterns. Audrey’s lap quilt Stars of Mine is featured in the May/June 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting magazine. Read on and don’t miss the free patterns and fabric giveaway contest at the bottom of the page!
I am honored to be invited again to be a guest blogger for McCall’s Quilting. When I sat down to write this post I started to reflect on how I got here. I learned to sew at the age of 7 and took every Home Ec class ever offered in school. I love the feel of fabric and fibers in my hands. I made many of my clothes growing up and sewed for my kids when they were small. My paternal Grandmother was a quilter but she lived in Kentucky and I grew up in Iowa. Time and distance did not allow us much time together. I enjoy a connection to the past and its people. I love to read stories and the diaries of the pioneers and how they settled this country. I have a great collection of vintage fabrics, tops, and quilts. At one time I even made my own lye soap! My sister says I was born 150 years too late. Growing up my maternal Grandmother worked on the family history and I loved hearing the stories and looking at pictures. My daughter has taken on the role of family historian and has worked on my husband’s family history. That history includes many veterans and was inspiration for the quilt Stars of Mine featured in the May/June 2016 McCall’s Quilting magazine.
I designed my Redwork Meets Bluework fabric line for RJR with embroidery in mind. I am so glad that it can also be used for the Quilts of Valor quilting projects. The pattern is designed using the QOV guidelines and would make a great project for a workshop or retreat. The model of this quilt will be donated to QOV so they can present it to a veteran.
In this quilt I used two different shades of light fabrics for the background to represent an aged look. Mixing the medium blue and dark blue in the chain blocks adds dimension and movement. My favorite color is red and was the perfect color for the pinwheel stars. I like to take 2 blocks and play with the different combinations and see what secondary designs I can come up with.
I want to encourage you to make a quilt for a veteran. QOV also will take donated blocks if you are pressed for time. This is my favorite photo of my father-in-law when he was in the Army during WWII. He was a talented artist and really appreciated the quilts I gave him.
I also designed a pattern with a more modern feel called Cake Bites using the same fabric line. It is made using precut 10″ squares and a solid red print. This would be a quick easy weekend project. I also think it would make a fun 4th of July picnic quilt on a warm summer day or to lay out under the firework display at night.
My love for my family, my interest in the people who came before us and my passion for creating are what motivate me daily. I am a self-taught quilter and don’t always follow the rules, but I love every minute of my quilting journey.
Thanks so much, Audrey!
To celebrate Audrey’s Stars of Mine quilt, we are giving away 2 packs of 10 fat quarters each of fabrics from her Redwork Meets Bluework collection for RJR Fabrics! Leave a comment below before midnight April 24, 2016 and you’ll be entered into our random drawing. Two names will be drawn on April 25 and notified by email. This contest is open to US and Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.
We have our winners! Congratulations to Karen Ruzinsky of Wilmington, Ohio and Shirley Handlang of Ballwin, Missouri.
And here’s a special treat for everyone! We have free web bonus patterns available for 2 extra Stars of Mine projects (right). The mini quilt and pincushion were designed by Audrey and they are adorable home dec accents or gift items. Get your free patterns right here.
If you’d like to make your own version of Audrey’s Stars of Mine lap quilt and don’t already have a copy of the May/June 2016 issue of McCall’s Quilting, you can purchase print and digital copies of the magazine here or download the pattern separately from our online shop.