Friday, August 27, 2010

Star Struck Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway!!

Hello Everyone,

I am honored to bring to you a wonderful interview with Barbara Cline. Not only is she a talented quilter, but a fantastic designer as well. She has written an absolutely gorgeous new book that is a must have for any quilter who loves stars or dreams of making a beautiful star quilt.

The book is titled Star Struck Quilts and it is a winner. So without further adieu, let me introduce you to Barbara and some of the phenomenal quilts from her book. At the end there will be 2 giveaways!!


1. Your designs are beautiful and based on the traditional Lone Star pattern. Can you describe the process of how you take the Lone Star that one step farther?

I think of each diamond as a “block”. This diamond block then is broken down into smaller pieces which can create design beyond the diamond block. There are examples in the book to see just how these diamonds can be broken down.



2. Most of us know that when working with diamond shapes, you will end up with bias edges. In your book you talk about a popular technique of blocking. Can you explain, why this is a great technique and what it does to the diamond?

This is a great technique because all edges of the diamond block will measure the same and fit perfectly into the completed quilt causing the quilt to lay nice and flat.



3. Throughout your book you speak of life lessons, which I love, do you have any others, that are not in the book, to share?

Yes, here is one I will share.


The Secret to Smooth Sailing

Have you ever observed your neighbors across the fence or the couple in the next pew at church

and concluded that they have a perfect marriage? That is exactly how I felt after we were

married. I would think if only Terry and I would always agree then life would sail smoothly on. One day I heard a well known talk show host share a personal story of a healthy argument between him and his wife. As his story unfolded, they were each sharing their feelings and discussing openly what had transpired.

This immediately caught my attention as I began to realize that even the experts must deal with conflict in marriage. I became aware that all relationships including marriage have some rough spots. The secret to success is learning to be open, to share and to bend as we work through our issues.

Now I know that the happy couple next door is one that knows how to work together navigating the rough water to the smooth sailing of married bliss. For it is not the weather, but the ability to handle the storm that makes the differences.


LESSON: Be willing to deal with conflict in a positive way.



4. I love the "Create Your Own" section of your book and my favorite quilt in this section is the Delightful Diamond Chain. Do you have a favorite quilt in this book and why is it a favorite?


My favorite quilt in the book is “Stitches That Bind”. A deadline for the book was coming up and I was running out of time. It was Labor Day and my daughters had off work. They agreed to put in a day of sewing for me. We picked out the fabrics in the morning and by evening we were ready to sew the blocks together. We had a wonderful mini sewing retreat that day.



Don't forget there are more stops on this tour, so be sure to visit all of them. There will be a giveaway of the book at each stop and possibly more. Details below.

Here is the schedule of stops:

August 26 Dorcas Smucker
September 2 Tazzie Quilts



Here is the book that will be given to one lucky winner from my blog! I will also be throwing in a second prize!! Yes, I will be giving one lucky individual a $20 gift certificate to my shop!! (lots of new arrivals)

To enter the giveaway here are the rules:

You must leave a way for me to get in touch with you if you are chosen a winner.

1. Leave a comment on this post.
2. Become a follower of my blog, then leave a second comment letting me know you became a follower.
3. Blog about it and leave another comment for a 3rd entry.

Good luck to all!! I know you will love this book. The giveaway will be open until Midnight, September, 2 Eastern Time.

** The giveaway is now closed. Make sure you check back here in the next few days for the winner**

Until Next Time...


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Fiesta said...

Jackie, I would love to win this book. I am already a follower.

Teresa said...

Oh gosh - those are such beautiful quilts and I enjoyed the interview. Please count me in - I am already a follower.

Vicki said...

I wold love to win this book I love it :)

Vicki said...

I am already a follower od your fabulous blog :)

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Hi Jackie, what a wonderful giveaway. I would LOVE this book. please enter me in your draw. :-)
sandangels1945@hotmail.com

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Hi Jackie I am also a follower.
sandangels1945@hotmail.com

Margarita said...

I too would love to win this book. I am a follower.

Hooptee said...

What beautiful quilts! So inspired.

ruth beachy said...

Love the life lesson aspect of the book as well as the beautiful stars.
crbeachy@gmail.com

Hooptee said...

I am already a follower!

Jen said...

I've always wanted to make a loan star quilt. Love the photos, they're so inspiring.

Johanna said...

oh, please count me in! I love all things that have to do with stars!

Johanna said...

And I follow you :)

Jen said...

sI'm a follower of your blog and enjoy reading your posts.

Peggy said...

Another great giveaway!!!Thanks

Peggy said...

i am already a follower !

Donna said...

The Star Struck Quilts are lovely.

Donna said...

I am already a follower.

Gene Black said...

Great post! I would love the book OR the second prize.

Gene Black said...

I am a follower

Stitched With Prayer said...

Oh my gosh! The Star Quilts in the books are so ... searching for the right words here, LOL...Ah, they are absolutely breathtaking. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow this book looks incredible. First or second prize are fabulous giveaways. Thanks for entering me :-)

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

I am already a follower of your lovely blog Jackie!

Stitched With Prayer said...

Jackie, I am already a follower of your delightful blog! Thanks again! And Good Luck to EVERYONE!!!

Martina said...

This sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win!

Martina said...

I am a follower of you blog! Thanks so much!

MaryAnnYutzy said...

The interview was very interesting! Count me in!

Michelle said...

i love star quilts! i would love a chance to win!

Michelle said...

i am a follower of your blog!

Anya said...

Oh my gosh...those are absolutely stellar quilts! :)

Thanks for featuring them and for the chance for the giveaway!

Jean said...

Wow, this book looks awesome! Love lone star quilts. Thanks for the chance to win.

Jean said...

I am a follower of your blog. Thanks!

Aaltje said...

Beuatiful book, please count me in.

Joanne Lendaro said...

Those quilts are drop dead beautiful!! Thanks for the giveaway!

Joanne Lendaro said...

...already a follower!

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

Oh wow!! Those are absolutely beautiful...I will be buying this book!!!!

Hillbilly Handiworks said...

I am a follower of your blog!

WvHmmngbrd said...

Thank you for the chance to win!

WvHmmngbrd said...

I just became a follower!

Donna said...

I love that you asked Barbara a Life Lesson question! Thanks for helping us get to know her!

Debbie said...

Thanks for doing the interesting interview with Barbara, Jackie. Her book looks like it has some great ideas.

Debbie said...

I am a follower.

Ida Hochstetler said...

What a very nice book! And the chance to win!! Thank you!

VickiT said...

I'd love to own this book. Each quilt shown on this blog tour is just beautiful. I can only hope to make one as wonderful as they are some day.

Exuberant Color said...

it looks like an intesting book but second prize is equally great!

Caeli said...

WOW! The quilts posted look awesome! I'd love to have this book!

Exuberant Color said...

and I'm already a follower

Anita in Florida said...

What a wonderful book! Hope I win.

Sandy said...

Would love to win a copy of this book....great giveaway and interview.

Sandy said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Anita in Florida said...

I am a follower now, but you've been on my Blog list for some time.

Stray Stitches said...

I am always drawn to star quilts and would love to have this book!

Stray Stitches said...

I am a faithful follower!

craftyantoinette said...

This looks like a wonderful book (says the beginning quilter who needs to expand her library)!

karenfae said...

looks like a great book to add to my library.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Monica said...

I'd love to have a copy of this book.

Monica said...

Already a follower

Donna~~ said...

I'm already a follower (of course!)

Donna~~ said...

Looks like a terrifc book--not only for the quilts, but also the wisdom inside. Would love to read it!

gill said...

This looks a great book!
I really enjoyed your interview
Gill

Deb said...

Hi! Isn't Barbara's quilts wonderful?! You have posted some beautiful examples of her work. Thank you for entering my name in your giveaway.

Deb said...

I'm a follower of your blog.

Cathi said...

I would love to win this book -- as I love star quilts and these look exceptionally nice! I already am a follower.

GerryART said...

Ms Cline certainly knows her stars.
Very luck for us that we can share her knowledge and zeal.

Hugs,
Gerry

Ruby said...

I am a follower of your blog. Thanks for the giveaway.

Ruby said...

I found the interview interesting and helpful. Great insight into the author. Looks like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway. And gift cert. too!! WOW

GerryART said...

Oh, Jackie, I am already one of your followers.
Thanks for these chances to win a copy of Barbara's book and if I'm lucky the gift certificate to your shop! ! !

Hugs,
Gerry

Anonymous said...

from one of your fabulous followers!! LOL - Please enter me in the giveaway.
Justine

Kathryn said...

These block designs just are so creative. The use of a ribbon border within the block really catches your eye. Kathie L in Allentown

Peach Rainbow said...

Wow! I'd love to read more of such lessons!
The quilts look very innovative.
thanks for the chance.

Peach Rainbow said...

Already following you!

Claudia said...

Wow, these quilts look great. This looks like a great book. I would love to make at least one of the quilts. Great givaway as well.

Nancy said...

Thank you for your review, and the giveaway!

nrbird @ gmail.com

Nancy said...

I'm already a follower, and love your blog!

Cindy said...

What AMAZING quilts! I love the numerous different ways the stars are used!

Cindy said...

I don't know if this counts but I am already a follower!

Dee said...

This looks like a fantastic book and I'm really enjoying the additional pictures on this tour of the quilts in it.

Dee said...

I'm also already a follower!

Gina said...

Beautiful book review. I would love it!

Christine said...

Oh I would really enjoy having this book!! It looks amazing :) Thank you for this giveaway!

Judy C said...

Love star quilts, and these examples are great, thanks for the chance to win.

Christine said...

I am a follower of your blog!

Judy C said...

I am already a follower!

Judy C said...

Blogged about it on my blog too.

Stray Stitches said...

I included your giveaway in my blog today http://straystitches1.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

The quilts are gorgeous. I would like to have my name in the giveaway. Bev in BC
ebhaloha at gmail dot com

Petit Design Co. said...

each on of those quilts is simply amazing but I really LOVE the very first one.

Petit Design Co. said...

I follow with bloglines

Anonymous said...

The interview comments were special. Thanks for leading; I'm following.

Sherry said...

It would be nice to win a giveaway. . .but I'm not good at winning things.

I loved the interview! Thank you

Sherry V.

Anonymous said...

This will be a great addition to my quilting. I am a follower of your blog.

Deb W.
ddapwort@cozadtel.net

Kim D. said...

Thanks for the nice interview interview Jackie, it was good to get to know Barbara a little better. I love star blocks so this would be a great book to win. Thanks for the chance.

Kim D. said...

I'm already a follower.

Brenda said...

i love the book. Looks like it has great projects in it.

Brenda said...

I am already a follwer.

deserae said...

I love the stars! Awesome!

deserae (at) gmail (dot) com

Scrapycandy said...

I now have a new appreciation for this quilt pattern. Thanks for inspiring me!

LizA. said...

These quilts are absolutely stunning!

LizA. said...

I'm already a follower of your blog.

Susan said...

I woulf love to win this book

Susan said...

Already a follower

Barb said...

Sounds like a terrific book and one that I would get a lot from...stars are my favorite!

Barb said...

I am a follower and have been for a long time!

James-Linda said...

BEAUTIFUL QUILTS!
THANKS SO FOR SHARING!

jldouglas@wispwest.net

deserae said...

I am a follower!

Infinity Quilter/Knitter said...

I love star quilts and have been watching to see pictures of the quilts in the book. Thanks for posting!

Infinity Quilter/Knitter said...

I'm already a follower.

Lee Ann said...

I love Stars! This would be a wonderful book to own.

Lee Ann said...

I am already a follower (using Google Reader)

Kim said...

I love seeing all the star quilts. Would love to win this book.

Kim said...

I am already a follower.

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

I would love to win! Thanks for the chance.

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

I'm a long time follower and enjoy your blog very much!

kaiolohiakids said...

I see some beautifuls stars there! Maybe the book would calm my fear of them!

Vesuviusmama said...

I saw many of these quilts in person when she presented at my guild, and they are fantastic. Thanks for the chance to win!

Vesuviusmama said...

I am already a follower.

kaiolohiakids said...

I'm already a follower

natalie said...

Thanks for more background information on Barbara. I'm new to this and trying to figure out how to follow your blog.
natalie

Marj said...

Very interesting. Beautiful quilts. Great friend. Count me in!

rosemaryschild said...

Barbara's quilts are amazing! Would luv to win this book!

natalie said...

Ok, I'm all set to follow your blog!

Quilt n Queen said...

I'm already a follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

Quilt n Queen said...

The quilts in this book are STUNNING!!!!!!! I would luv to win it.

Carin said...

Wow great book! I love stars.

Carin said...

I am also and have been a follower :O)

Anonymous said...

I enjoy quilting, but piecing, well.....but I sure do enjoy seeing these GORGEOUS quilts. Mary at mhorst@kw.igs.net

SewCalGal said...

Jackie,
I'm truly starstruck. Sounds like an amazing book. Beautiful quilts. Great post Jackie!

SewCalGal
www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

teachpany said...

Jackie, Barbara's work is amazing. Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to see more, and a Lone Star quilt is on my "list." I follow your blog, so please enter me in this contest.
Thanks.
Maryellen

Judith said...

OH! please enter me into your draw. The book looks fantastic.

Janet said...

I would love to peruse this book further. Thanks for a chance to win.

Janet said...

And I am a follower.

Simone de Klerk said...

Barbara makes really pretty stars! What a nice way to get to know her and her work better!

Simone de Klerk said...

Am already am a follower of your blog (o:

Winona said...

The more I see of this book, the more I want it. What fabulous star quilts! Winona

Winona said...

I am already a follower. Winona

Micki said...

What a terrific book...I just love stars! Thanks for a chance to win!
Micki

Micki said...

I am a follower of your blog!
Micki

Micki said...

I blogged about your giveaway here:
http://thedote.blogspot.com/2010/08/some-giveaways.html
Micki

Marj said...

I have been looking at the book and would love to win it.

Marj said...

I am already a follower of your blog.

Meagan said...

"For it is not the weather, but the ability to handle the storm that makes the differences."

That is a powerful statement. I love it!!

http://snippetsandyarns.wordpress.com/

Meagan said...

I've signed up to follow your blog :-)

Anonymous said...

It looks like an awesome book!!! Thank you for being part of the book tour! Peggy B.
montanagirlpjb@centurytel.net

Mary said...

Star struck is the perfect name for this book.. Please enter mey name int he drawing...I have 3 Lone stars that need the side triangles and squares added. I love the way she added interest to those areas.

Mary said...

I'm offically a Follower now.

Anne D said...

What an amazing book. I am not sure if I could make any of the quilt in it but I would like to try. Thanks for the giveaway.

Anne D said...

I am a follower.

Joanna said...

The stars in her quilts are stunning. I couldn't take my eyes off the second one you featured with the yellow/gold colors. Really beautiful.

Joanna said...

I am already a follower of your blog.

Blanje Bleu said...

I'm already a follower. Thanks for the chance to win.

Joanna said...

I posted about your giveaway on my blog in the left sidebar. Thanks.

Marcia said...

Thank you for hosting this blog stop on the tour. Would really like to win a copy of Barbara's book and try some of these star patterns. mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

Marcia said...

Hi Jackie! I am a follower of your blog.

flutefish said...

I would love the chance to win! Thanks for this giveaway.

flutefish said...

I'm a follower of your blog!

Carol in E TN said...

What beautiful quilts!

Carol in E TN said...

I am already a follower!

Kimberly R. said...

I'd love a chance - please enter me!
Thanks :)
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

Kimberly R. said...

I am already a follower - Thanks!
kimberlybreid at hotmail dot com

Shirleyquilts said...

Gorgeous quilts, and I'd love to win the book.

Shirleyquilts said...

Jackie,
As you know, I am already a faithful follower of your blog.
Shirley

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

Those quilts are amazing! Just love them.

Chris@Cats On My Quilts said...

And I'm a follower!

Spooky said...

The quilts in that book seem so complicated to me, as a beginner, but really inspiring. Thanks!

Spooky said...

I'm a new follower, too.

scottylover said...

Oh how I want this book! I love star quilts!! Too gorgeous!

Thanks for the chance to win it

Sandy A

scottylover said...

I follow you here and on Facebook!

Oh, and thanks for the extra chance to win a gift certificate, too!

Sandy A

MonikaC said...

I am so excited to get a copy of this book!

MonikaC said...

I am already a follower.

Karen said...

Wow! What gorgeous star quilts.

Mary-Kay said...

What a great book! I'd love the chance to win it too.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- those star quilts are fantastic!

Denise :) said...

Great interview; I've been enjoying this tour -- she's a down-to-earth quilter! :)

Denise :) said...

Oh yes, I'm already a follower! Yay! :)

SheilaC said...

wOw this book looks amazing!! Thank you for the chance to win!!

SheilaC

shecarita at yahoo dot com

SheilaC said...

I follow you!

SheilaC

webmailaddress2 said...

I'm loving the blog tour!

RustyBird said...

What beautiful, interesting quilts. Thanks for having a giveaway!

Barb said...

Love your blog! Where can I get some of that mushroom fabric? Pick me to win the book-- love the designs!
barb
barbpowers77@gmail.com

barb said...

My second comment--- I just signed up for your blog.
barb P
barbpowers77@gmail.com

Loretta said...

Wow...these quilts are stunning!!!!

Loretta said...

I am following your blog...looks like fun!!!!

crowefan0517 said...

Wow, these blocks/quilts look very challenging but I am up for the challenge!!

-debby, chester, ny
crowefan0517@yahoo.com

crowefan0517 said...

I already am a follower of your blog.

-debby, Chester NY
crowefan0517@yahoo.com

RED PEPPER QUILTS said...

Beautiful quilts!!

Miriam said...

Thank you for a great interview with Barbara Cline. :)

I have made some small stars before, but never quilt of stars >i would love to win the book! :)

Miriam said...

I am a follower of your blog.

Doina said...

Great giveaway! Please count me in!

Doina said...

I am a follower.

Wendy B said...

oooo Jackie, I love Barbara's life lessons.....that's one I learnt too after speaking to a very wise man!!! The diamonds are just delish....I would love to be entered into the competition.
Thanks so much.....sugary hugs
Wendy B :O)

Wendy B said...

Oh, and Jackie, I'm a follower too!
XO Wendy B :O)

Béa said...

I love stars and will be very happy to win this book, wonderful patterns !

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

I've noticed I am being drawn to star quilts more and more lately. There's just something about a star that grabs you attention. Stunning.

Robin (rsislandcrafts) said...

follower :)

Ingaredstoka said...

Great starworks!!
Would love to win that book... I'm a follower since long time ago!

Quinta da Quilter said...

WOW! The stars are amazing - gonna have to tackel one if you pick me!! (Gonna have to make one if you don't too!) Just outstanding!

PatchworkRose said...

Hi Jackie Just love the Star quilts. They are just dazzling.
Thankyou for bringing us the interview.
Cheers
Lynne

PatchworkRose said...

I am already one of your wonderful followers :-)

QuiltSue said...

What a fabulous looking book. Please enter me in the draw, if someone from the UK is eligible.

Jodi said...

The book looks fantastic!

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