Monday, March 31, 2008


This is the quilt I made for my mother. I found the pattern in the December 2007 issue of Quilters Newsletter, it was designed by Angie Hodapp and called the Bethlehem Medallion ( it was also called Star of Bethlehem). I thought it was amazingly beautiful and way to hard for my quilting skills. But, I kept pulling it out and looking; finally I just had to try it. Boy am I glad that I did. I changed the outside border a tad, somehow I could not get the little triangles in her pattern to fit (I am sure I did something backwards or something). My amazement was at how close I actually got all of the points and seams to match--or at least very close. I am diffenitely going to have to make another quilt.

I could not wait to show my mother. So when they stopped by yesterday, I had to pull it out (unwrapped and all). She just loved the colors and design; but she said no she did not want it. Now wait, before you moan....I know exactly why she said what she did...first off with both my father, myself and both of my past grandmas she has a house filled with quilts (plus about 3 of my crocheted afghans) and second and most importantly she knows that I want to buy a new sewing machine and need batting and threads. She wants me to sell it to achieve that before her own self. Rather a wonderful mother don't you think? I just love her more all the time!

I do believe that after achieving this quilt and excuse my back patting myself, I can say I have taken the step to the next level of quilting. I can now say I am at the intermediate level. What do you think?


  1. Brenda,
    This quilt is WONDERFUL! When did you start it. You just keep making quilt after quilt, and I'm so impressed. I'd say you are DEFINATELY at least in intermediate with your quilting skills. WOW.

    Also you mentioned you had trouble "fitting" the original pieced border. Next time you are sewing, get out a ruler and measure your seams after you sew them. Are they a scant 1/4 inch? Another thing to check is sew a block, and then measure if it really is the size it is supposed to be. I think everyone has trouble with this. My blocks are generally 1/4 to 1/2 inch smaller than the pattern states. If you are having this problem, there are several things you can do to help correct it.
    But you are creative enough to fix your own border, so I'm just SO IMPRESSED with your progress!

  2. Beautiful quilt. I hope you don't sell it, but keep it to enjoy yourself!
    I really love the colors you used!

    (ps, I found your blog through the forum.)

  3. I came here from Glad I did! Your choice of colors are wonderful and I would say you deserve a "pat" on the back and expecially from yourself!! Nice work! And.... what a nice mom you have!!