COVER QUILT Alert! Starry Pursuit in Fons & Porter’s EASY QUILTS (Winter 2011)

Hello Friends!  I hope you have had a good start to your post-Thanksgiving week.  We had a wonderful Thanksgiving at the Ivory Spring household.  Miss Baby enjoyed being spoiled by her uncle, aunt and cousins!  She can’t stop talking about them.  I am ashamed of myself — I didn’t take any pictures of the food, tablesetting etc!!!  Everything seemed to have happened way too fast with three kids 6 and under in the same house!  Okay, let’s get to something related to the title of this post.  I had an “I have arrived” moment when I spotted my Starry Pursuit quilt on the cover of Fons & Porter‘s Easy Quilts (Winter 2011)!

Those of you who have seen it, whether in print or person, have written with warm responses.  I want to thank you for your kindness.  The most touching comment came from my sister who was able to find the magazine where she lives in Malaysia… ”

I'm so excited!! I bought ur cover quilt mag!!!!!! I'm soooo happy I found it!!!
It always gave me goosebumps when I see ur work! And when I found that mag,
it also make me feel soooo proud!"

The sense of satisfaction and accomplishment is indescribable!  Kudos go to the editorial staff at Fons and Porter for the excellent photography and presentation.  I want to also take the opportunity to say a BIG thank you to the F&P staff for their patience in waiting for the quilt to show up at their office!  The quilt was late in coming because I didn’t get the sample yardages before the due date.  And on top of that, I was seized by an “artist rules” moment after the quilt top was pieced.  Instead of zipping through the quilting process to get the quilt shipped , my artistic self constrained me to do some serious quilting on the quilt.  The result is as follows:

It is also my first time experimenting with dark solid fabrics to highlight my quilting.  I couldn’t be happier about the result.  Quilting was done using Aurifil‘s Mako 50 Cotton threads over Hobbs Tuscany Silk batt.  All the quilting was free-handed.  That’s why you don’t see any identical feather plumes or pebble clusters.

The fabrics are from Henry Glass‘ The Great I Am line, designed by Leanne Anderson of The Whole Country Caboodle.  It is a Christmas fabric line, and as soon as I saw the fabrics, I knew the design had to be something related to stars! Click here for quilt kits to replicate the quilt, available from Fons and Porter.

The name “Starry Pursuit” is my original – a rather cool name (if I may say so myself) considering how HORRIBLE I am in naming quilts! :)  I came up with the name as a tribute to the Three Wise Men that followed the Star in their quest to find the Messiah.  Matthew 2: 1-2 records, “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east of Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews?  for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.”

Matthew 2:9-10 continues, “… lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.  When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”

Matthew 2:11 goes on to record, “… and fell down, and worshiped him…”

The story of The Three Wise Men captured my heart as a child when I first learned about Christmas, and has continued to fascinate me as an adult.  These men were wise, yet they chose to still seek Him.  Thanks for letting me share with you my favorite Christmas story via fabric pieces!  It will definitely be one of my Christmas highlights that I will treasure for all my life.  Blessings to you!

p.s.  I am also entering this quilt in SewCalGal’s Christmas Quilt Show.  Click on the image below to see what other Christmas quilts bloggers have made!

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93 thoughts on “COVER QUILT Alert! Starry Pursuit in Fons & Porter’s EASY QUILTS (Winter 2011)

  1. I saw that cover at the grocery store and snapped that magazine up so quickly.
    You do such beautiful work. The other night I was going through old magazines because I never throw one away. Every month there was a quilt by you. I was already impressed but Wow – you are a very busy lady and everything is so professional.

  2. I bought the magazine the minute I saw it on the stand, recognized the cover quilt immediately. I would love to use this pattern for a QOV and the stars from the Great I Am would be perfect except this line is very difficult to find. I love all your feathers on this and that you changed your bobbin threads. Just beautiful as always!

  3. Yippeee, you are famous ! It’s always lovely to see your work displayed in a lovely way. Your photos on the blog are always great, but it’s fun to see it in a larger setting. The Wise Men make me think of what faith it took to follow the Star so far from their home and so long. Happy Advent to you all and Miss Baby.

  4. Indeed, what an honor to be on the cover of F&P. Love the title, couldn’t have had a better one! Always loved the Wise Men story, that they were wise enough to recognize the “veiled” threat, the reason why the king wanted them to come back and report to him what they had found. Also best of luck with the quilt show.

  5. Congratulations, dear Wendy, this is a gorgeous quilt! I always get a thrill when I pick up a quilt magazine and see your name, I can just imagine how much that thrills YOU! Great job!

  6. Great inspiration for a beautiful quilt. Making cover is like winning an Oscar; you are a winner! I look forward to seeing you with more “Oscars”.

    • This really cleared this question up for me. I just wanted to thank you for this awesome read! This might just go totally against almost everything I have thought until this moment however, I am going to try it and I will let you know what happens. Really well written article! I am sure a lot of visitors are surprised by this news but I’d like to tell anyone seeing this blog that what is written here is absolutely true.

  7. Hey a BEAUTIFUL quilt and a great story…….Itoo remember being touched by this story of the THREE WISE KINGS………WHEN I WAS A KID and having a lovely illustrated book………..though I am not a Catholic……..but i dearly loved my book.Now I LIVE in Spain where we do celebrate the visiting of the threeWISE KINGS TO BABY CHRIST ON FIFTH OF JANUARY.IT IS CALLED NOCHE DE REYES.JAN.6 IS THE HOLIDAYWHEN THE KIDS WAKE UP TO SEE WHAT THE THREE KINGS HAVE GOT THEM………THEIR FAVOURITE TOYS OR BLACK COAL………FOR NOT BEING TOO GOOD…….
    SORRY about my long comment and the capital letters I just forgot.
    Quiltyhugs
    quiltygal

  8. I have my copy of this magazine in front of me and this is a beautiful quilt! I’m so happy for you and you deserve to be on the cover of all quilt magazines out there! Your work is just so amazing!!

    Thank you also for sharing your favorite Christmas passage. Oh it just gives me goose bumps to think that the Messiah left His throne in Heaven to come to earth to die for little old me as well as the rest of the world. “Oh come, let us adore Him!”

    • Thanks to all of you who responded to the words of faith. I, too, love the Wise Men story, and have a wall hanging with tons of pieces and applique, entitled: “How far to Bethlehem?” from the Adoration book. It’s SO inspiring. Love this quilt and have the book, and intend to make this quilt some time. I haven’t seen all of the fabrics, just one or two out there now. Hopefully, the star fabrics will come out eventually. Blessings on everyone’s Christmas.

  9. Oh my gosh! That’s just beeeeeyooootiful! Your piecing, as always, is fantastic, and then you go & put those gorgeous quilting stitches in – what imagination & vision you have! I’m sure it was a shoo-in for the cover – it’s gotta be hard to top that beauty!!

    Glad your holiday went so well!! You deserve a rest now, for sure!

  10. Congratulations and much love to you from all of us here at your Bernina “alma mater” Rogers Sewing Center!! We are so proud of you!!

  11. I saw your beautiful Starry Pursuit quilt in person in Des Moines recently and also bought the Easy Quilts magazine with it on the cover. I love it! Your work is elegant and inspiring! You so wonderfully take to heart the instruction, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” Ecclesiastes 9:10. You’re amazing in all you accomplish!

  12. This quilt is really awesome and I love the story behind making it a naming it! You have a wonderful sense of colors and your quilting was wonderful! The back of the quilt was just as wonderful as the front!

    Thank you so much for sharing with us and have a wonderful “Merry Christmas”. This is the reason for this season, Jesus Christ!

  13. Wish I could have gotten the magazine but couldn’t find hard copy so I ordered download but was never able to open it and in the end I cancelled the order. Oh well, I have enough to make without it.

  14. Oh my goodness your quilting is so wonderfully done. I get this magazine in the mail and have to open up and see if it says how long it took you to make the quilt. Great job thank you for sharing and inspiring

  15. congratulations Wendy! What fun that your sister in Malaysia was able to find the magazine! It really looks great! Glad you had such a nice Thanksgiving…

  16. Congratulations Wendy, you are one talented lady. What excitement for your sister to be able to see your quilt published. I sure wish you lived beside me.

  17. What a stunning display of quilting. Beautiful quilt. My Christmas wish would be to be able to machine quilt like that! Bless you.

  18. Beautiful work. Just awesome and wonderful. I love your story to go along with it. And when we set up our Nativity set this year, I will be sure to tell my children and grandchildren this verse and the reason one of the wise men is kneeling.

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  20. I love the fabric choices, and of course the quilting is exceptional. I’ll have to go back and look for my copy of the mag, now that I ‘know’ who made it – congrats!

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  26. Wendy, since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, I’m trying desperately to copy your Starry Pursuit quilting on my long arm. Mine is definitely a poor forgery. I got my long arm in December so have a long way to go to refine my skills. I’ll keep at it–you’re quite an inspiration indeed!

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