Design Star™ 2010 Finalist - Sandie Mackintosh

Design Star™ 2010 Finalist - Sandie Mackintosh

Check out Sandie's contest quilts at the bottom of this page.

I've been quilting since.. I pieced my first top 24 years ago.

I began quilting because.. I saw an article in Womans Day magazine claiming to teach you how to “Make a Quilt in a Day”, and thought it would make a great wedding gift. ( It’s been almost 25 years and I have completely frog stitched the original Trip Around the World and turned it into a Boston commons variation and still have not finished that first quilt.  So much for  making a “Quilt in a Day”!)

I learned to quilt by.. After that first top I began buying every quilt magazine and book I could find and learned what I could from them, but basically I am self taught. Sandie Mackintosh
Leechburg, PA

My style is.. dependent upon my mood! Maybe “evolving “ would be the right word. Traditional blocks are often my jumping off point, so a lot of my designs have that kind of a feel, but with a "current" undertone.

I was inspired by.. my paternal grandmother, who was an accomplished seamstress and needleworker. If it involved what was referred to as”hand work” she did it and did it beautifully. Sewing , embroidery, knitting, crocheting, beading... you name it, she did it.....except for quilting! So even though I do all of the rest of the things that she did, and the quilting is mine alone,  I still believe that my inspiration comes from the memories I have of the beautiful things she made with her hands.

I draw inspiration from.. all around me...a song title or lyric, the layout of tiles in a floor, a stained glass window, a flower garden, a pottery collection, a beautiful piece of fabric, it could be anything! A musician friend and I were talking recently, and in order to help him understand what quilting means to me, I compared it to his music. While he uses instruments and volume and tone to convey his thoughts, I interpret mine through fabric, and texture.

My favorite techniques are.. whichever one I happen to be using at the moment! I do not believe that the “Quilt Police “ can, or should, dictate to anyone how things should be done. The entry I used to become a finalist included - machine piecing, foundation piecing, hand applique, machine quilting and hand quilting.. On a different day, or quilt, I may have chosen to use fusible applique and hand machine embroidery. Someone else making the same pattern could very well choose completely different techniques, and achieve beautiful results also.

I am attracted to.. five years ago I would have said primarily “Rustic” country colors, similar to the Kansas Troubles Lines from Moda, but since then  I have also begun to warehouse 30’s Repro's, and have acquired a pretty impressive assortment of hand-dyed fabrics from Starr Designs, Cherrywood and most recently an Etsy Shop by the name of Ruby Mountain Dyeworks. I also love the moda  “Pre - Cuts”, and like to see how many different designs I can create using them.

My stash is.. Have you heard the saying, “ She who dies with the most fabric wins”? My husband says to tell everyone I have it all taken care of, and  jokes that if we ever move, the movers will need a fleet of vans just for the fabric!

I belong to.. the NQA.

My non-quilting hobbies are.. photography is my newest interest. I recently upgraded from a basic point and shoot digital to one with a lot more capabilities, so I plan on taking a non-credit photography course this fall to learn how to use it properly. I also love to cook and bake, and make all those comfort foods that aren’t any good for us like Homemade noodles and soups, Pierogies, Ravioli. and cheesecakes of any description!

I entered Quilt Design Star™.. to step out of my “comfort zone” and stretch myself. I have always thought about publishing my patterns or submitting them to a magazine for publication, but lacked the confidence to take that first step and the Design Star  contest gave me the perfect opportunity. (That, and my brother-in-law insisted! Thanks Bruce!)

What you should know about me.. I have been married to my husband for almost 16 years, and together we adopted and raised 3 children. We now share our home with 1 dog and 3 cats, who are kind enough to allow us to continue to live there and feed them!


Stolen Moments (below) is Sandie's Design Star™ entry quilt.

Sandie Mackintosh's quilt, Stolen Moments


When Madeleine and Elmer Fell in Love (below) is Sandie's Design Star™ Challenge 1 quilt.


When Madeleine and Elmer Fell in Love


Who Needs Television (below) is Sandie's Design Star™ Challenge 2 quilt.


Who Needs Television



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I vote for Sandie!
Great quilt!
Love the colors and the way it looks like layers!
Stolen Moments
Traditional but timeless!
Stolen Moments
Love; applique and checked fabric. Both are big challenges. Great job
There is something in your quilt that speaks to me of warmth, home and tranquility. Thank you for sharing your artistry.
You are on your way to the TOP! Looks like a Masterpiece to me!


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