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Dana’s Braided Star and Martha’s Rose Window

The Piece and Plenty Quilt Guild always ends their monthly meeting with a Show and Tell segment; admiring quilted projects found or made by the PPQG members.  At the April meeting they had a special treat; viewing the published work of two of the members, Dana Moore and Martha Ethridge.

Dana, a newer and one of the younger members, displayed her Braided Star Quilt Block and her  published  pattern and Stars on Stage Quilt in the new Mod Block Magazine from Missouri Star Quilt Company.   Martha, a long time member and  certified instructor for the Marci Baker’s method/patterns, displayed her quilt and the Stack & Cut Hexagon Quilts Book; showcasing  Martha’s Rose Window  quilt, designed from Marci Baker & Sara Nephew pattern.

When the ladies were asked how they were inspired to create the quilt and or the pattern, Dana replied, ” My first quilt designs were born in the scrap heap. They were drafted in order to tame the seemingly self-propagating pile of bit and pieces growing in my scrap box. I soon fell in love with small, scrappy pieces and started incorporating them into original designs. As I began to share my work with others, I realized that many quilters may appreciate the use of smaller pieces, but they prefer to work with larger ones.

I began exploring ways to achieve the look of small pieces while actually sewing larger pieces together. Through these explorations, I focused on a technique that uses simple steps to transform a beginner-friendly block into one with more complexity. This technique also injects a choose your own adventure element into the piecing. With the Braided Star block, a few squares and strips become units that form an unexpectedly easy-to-piece star.

I showcased the Braided Star block in the quilt design for Stars on Stage. I am honored that Missouri Star Quilt Company accepted this design for publication. The quilt design appears in the latest issue of Modblock  Magazine (Modblock Magazine 2018, Volume 4) which can be found at www.missouriquiltco.com. Quilt shops that carry  Missouri Star Quilt Company’s Block Magazine may also carry Modblock Magazine.”

It was a real treasure to view their quilts and congratulate them on their achievements.  Many agreed it is all about the process, the fellowship and continuing to learn and share the achievements.  The PPQG invites the public to come see more beautiful quilt creations, trunk shows, lecturers, demonstrations and challenges at their monthly meetings.  The meetings are held at the First Presbyterian Church located at 919 East 10th St., Rolla, Mo.  The doors open at 6:30 PM on the First Thursday of the month.