Sherry’s Stars in QUILTERS NEWSLETTER (October/November 2015)


Hello Friends, I am really excited to share with you my FIRST feature in Quilters Newsletter — I have admired from afar all the projects in Quilters Newsletter for years.  So it’s simply extra special to have Sherry’s Stars featured in the magazine.

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Even more importantly, this project is a “giving credit where credit is due” project because without Sherry McConnell (Indiana, piecing) and Darlene Szabo (Arkansas, quilting), aka my personal quilting angels, Sherry’s Stars would not have happened.  THANK YOU, Sherry and Darlene!  I named Sherry’s Stars after Sherry McConnell because it was she who came up with the brilliant no-Y seams idea for constructing the blocks.


Sherry’s Stars is a one block wonder quilt — glammed up with the use of different colored fabrics! The fabrics I used are from Benartex’s Burlap Bright collection.  If you remember, I had participated in Benartex’s Burlap Bright blog hop not too long ago here.


It was during our back to school bash that I took Sherry’s Stars along for a photo shoot.  My very understanding family is used to these photo shoots.  So it’s always a team effort (as you can see in the pictures below).  I gave “my trusted assistant” a bit of busy work and asked her to pick off thread remnants on the quilt while I was getting the other stuff ready.  The busy work turned into this “knocked down – dragged out” totally all-out endeavor of picking off every piece of lint/dust from the quilt.  We practically had to drag her off the quilt so that I could actually start taking pictures of the quilt, ha! “Oh, just one more piece of lint, Mom”, she said!



And after the stylist/lint picker was dragged off the scene….


And here you see Darlene’s beautiful custom quilting…




I will be sharing with you in the near future more beauties made by Sherry and Darlene.  Actually, even as I type, a Sherry/Darlene collaboration is brewing!


You may click here to view Benartex’s Burlap Bright fabric line.

You may click here to purchase a Sherry’s Stars quilt kit.

You may click here to visit Darlene Szabo’s facebook page.


The entire time of the photo shoot, this and others like it were flying overhead non-stop — it was amazing!


Then…. I started hearing, “Mom, it’s getting hot!  Let’s go inside.” KIDS!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing Sherry’s Stars.  I hope you will try out Sherry’s no Y-seam method in making the blocks!

Until next time!


My 2015 Line-up

Editorial Features:

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Get Happy

American Patchwork & Quilting 2015 Calendar: Migration

Australian Quilters Companion (Issue 73): Over The Fence

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Sunny Delight

Fons & Porter’s Love of Quilting (January/February 2015): Family Dinner

Fons & Porter’s Scrap Quilts (Spring 2015): Stars are Brightly Shining

Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts (Summer 2015): All In Knots (Cover Quilt)

McCall’s Quilting (March/April 2015): Making Valentines

McCall’s Quilting (July/August 2015): Cozy Town

McCall’s Quilting (September/October 2015): Twilight Trellis

Quilters Newsletter (October/November 2015): Sherry’s Stars

Quilter’s World (Spring 2015): Zigs and Zags

Quilts and More (Spring 2015): Exclamation Point

Free-to-use Designs:

January: A Red Letter Day using Seeing Red (Benartex)

January: Star Struck using Caryl’s Feathers (Benartex)

February: Happy Home House Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Runner (Quilting Treasures)

February: Happy Home Throw Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

February: Farmville using Green Farms (Benartex)

February: Zoey’s Flowerbed using Zoey (Benartex)

March: Camp Cozy Quilt (Quilting Treasures)

March: Pretty Little Houses using Tango (Benartex)

March: Ariel (Quilting Treasures)

March: Flutter B’s using Butterfly Effect (Benartex)

April:  Baby Bunny using Bunny Hop (Benartex)

April: Yuki (Hoffman Fabrics)

April: Shimmering Constellations using Gold Standard (Benartex)

April: Bonjour (Quilting Treasures)

April: Baby Boutique (Quilting Treasures)

May: High Speed Racer using Vroom (Benartex)

May: Flower-Scapes using Blue Paradise / Sundrenched (Benartex)

May: Rusty’s Sleeping Hollow using Rusty & Friends (Benartex)

May: Christine’s Rose Garden using Christine (Benartex)

June: Treeline Drive (Hoffman Fabrics)

June: Frosty the Snowman (Quilting Treasures)

June: Jolly Old St. Nick (Quilting Treasures)

July: Memento (Hoffman Fabrics)

July: Monkey Business (Quilting Treausres)

July: Dream Blossom (Hoffman Fabrics)

August:  Birdhouse Neighborhood using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

August: For the Birds using Tweet As Can Be (Benartex)

August: Christmas Morning using Santa’s Here (Benartex)

August: Chelsea (Quilting Treasures)

September: Charlotte (Quilting Treasures)

9 thoughts on “Sherry’s Stars in QUILTERS NEWSLETTER (October/November 2015)

  1. I am thrilled for you! When I first started quilting I was given several Quilters Newsletter magazines and made several of the quilts from each of the magazines. I then passed them on to another friend who was just starting to quilt and told her to pay it forward also. I will be on the lookout for this copy. Thank you for sharing and have a wonderful creative day! Congratulations!!

  2. That is one stunning quilt!! I’ll be getting that magazine now, just to get that pattern!! Love the pics of your little lint picker too! :-)

  3. wonderful – you made the Cadillac of quilt magazines. their style has always been the more elite so you can now say you are A-list

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