My Favorite Quilt Ever – Modern Paper Pieced Stars

October 1, 2015

Happy October!!!  Are you feeling the signs of fall yet?  Not so much here in Austin… we’re still enjoying the heat.

If you’ve seen my Instagram feed, you might have seen my pictures of a quilt I finished longarming last month for a wonderful client named Rachael Ferrera.  This is Rachael’s own layout, using paper pieced stars from a number of sources.

I love it so much that I think it would make a beautiful cover for the 2016 Quilter’s Day Planner.  I’ve been busy working with Rachael to get permission from all the various designers who published these different paper pieced stars.  And so far, everyone has said yes!

Modern Stars Ferrera_ WholeQuilted by Stephanie Palmer watermarked

Speaking of the planner, I heard all your feedback, and we are moving from our original plan for a moleskin-type cover, to a hard cover with a spiral binding.  This way, you can easily open the book flat on a table, or fold it in half to make it easier to use.  I am excited about this change of plan.  Thank you all for sharing your opinions with me about it!

Modern Stars by Rachael Ferrera quilted by Stephanie Palmer

If you’ve wondered what happened to my Tips and Tutorials posts and Linky parties- don’t worry! I’ll get back on the wagon again soon.  I’ve been spending every minute of my work day putting together the content for The Quilter’s Day Planner so we can launch it in mid-October.

And my children – yikes.  My children have been sick (it always happens that way at the beginning of the school year) and needing some extra attention.

I will admit that I’ve been overwhelmed this month.  The big clue to me that I’m burning the candle at both ends came the other day when I repeatedly entered my ATM pin into the microwave while trying to warm a snack for my kids.  It took me at least three tries to figure out what was wrong.  I know.  Pitiful.

So I’m thinking of moving the Tips and Tutorials Linky party to a once-a-month event until I finish birthing this planner.  This baby is demanding all my attention!

Modern Stars by Rachael Ferrera, quilted by Stephanie Palmer

Modern Stars by Rahael Fererra, quilted by Stephanie Palmer

Modern Stars by Rachael Ferrera Quilted by Stephanie PalmerI



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  • Reply sandralouise October 1, 2015 at 4:39 am

    Such a perfect choice, girl, and you did a fabulous job on the quilting! Can’t wait to see it.

  • Reply Kath S October 1, 2015 at 4:52 am

    Wow! I can see why this quilt is your favorite – it’s stunning. Using only solid fabrics against the white background was smart and your quilting is perfect. Love it!

  • Reply Anonymous October 1, 2015 at 6:56 am

    This is beautiful Steph – and you’re my favorite quilter.

  • Reply Smiles Too Loudly October 1, 2015 at 7:11 am

    This is gorgeous!!!! Love the quilting you did on it (and that little ghost star is perfect!). I don’t blame you for wanting it on the cover!!!

  • Reply Tish October 1, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Your quilting it absolutely stunning. You have been one extremely busy momma. Don’t forget to take a breath and get some rest yourself. At our house the beginning of the colds never seem happy till it has got to all of us.

  • Reply Lisa October 1, 2015 at 7:46 am

    I love it , trying to put your ATM pin into the microwave. I know Im run down when I try to use my debit card at the library instead of my library card. Speaking of run down, I’m home with a cold now. Hope your kids are better soon and that you avoid it.

  • Reply Pieces to Patch October 1, 2015 at 8:15 am

    I’ve been following you for sometime now, and I’ve watched you grow. I love what you do and how far you’ve come. Take your time, it will all fall into place. I think you should have Tips and Tutorials once a month. Don’t forget to take care of YOU! I know your family is important, but you have to make sure you are okay. Looking forward to seeing your planner!

  • Reply Anja @ Anja Quilts October 1, 2015 at 8:48 am

    I don’t like paper piecing, but this quilt tempts me. The stars are awesome!! Great job.

  • Reply Jayne October 1, 2015 at 9:08 am

    Waht a beautiful quilt and the quilting…gorgeous!! I am so excited to see your planner, maybe after it’s finished you can take a much needed rest!

  • Reply Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl October 1, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Beautiful quilt, you did an amazing job on the quilting, Stephanie. And totally understandable about needing a break or slow down on Tips and Tutorials Tuesdays. I have a backlog to link up when you are ready to host again. 🙂

  • Reply Jan O October 1, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Corollary to Murphy’s Law for working mothers: Whenever there’s a crisis/huge deadline/massively intense project at work there will, at the exact same time, be an equal crisis/emergency/disaster at home. So sorry your kids have been sick; I hope they’re feeling better now and you’re feeling less frazzled. Can’t wait to see your planner!

  • Reply cheryljbrickey October 1, 2015 at 10:25 am

    Beautiful quilt! Your quilting takes it to a new level. This will make a gorgeous front cover for the planner! Tare care of yourself, you don’t want to catch the germs the kids bring home.

  • Reply Rochelle October 1, 2015 at 10:42 am

    Gorgeous quilt and quilting. I can tell you have the “AAA” personality…I think only women (especially Moms) have it. Good luck keeping up with the deadlines, kids, etc.

  • Reply Brenda Ackerman October 1, 2015 at 11:22 am

    A spectacular beautiful quilt with the paper pieced stars and your brilliant quilting. I hope that you have a moment or two every day to just kick back with a cuppa and just breathe and relax. It sounds like you will not be able to, but …. I hope that your kids are feeling better soon and that your project goes smoothly. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful creative day!

  • Reply Little Black Cat Quilting October 1, 2015 at 2:55 pm

    Those stars are gorgeous against that white, I can see why you like it so much! And you did a superb job at quilting (as usual). 🙂 Hope your kids are feeling better! And good luck with getting the planner together!

  • Reply Diana @ Red Delicious Life October 1, 2015 at 7:23 pm

    Wow, this quilt is gorgeous! And I love the idea of it being on the cover of the planner. Hope it all works out. (hooray about the spiral binding!). Hope you find some balance soon and that things slow down for you soon. Now if your microwave starts spitting out money when you put your PIN in, then keep burning that candle at both ends!

  • Reply Anonymous October 2, 2015 at 9:00 am

    It is absolutely stunning – I can see why you love it.

  • Reply Daniela O'Connell October 2, 2015 at 11:07 am

    Wow, this is amazing! And I have just subscribed to the quilty day planner for 2016, this is a great idea!

  • Reply Kat October 3, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    So striking! Great quilt!

  • Reply Rachael Ferrera October 7, 2015 at 3:26 pm

    So completely honored!!!

  • Reply Joy Ferrera October 8, 2015 at 2:29 pm

    Stunning!! Gorgeous!! Beautiful!! A true ‘Work of Art’!!! This artwork should be on the cover of your planner, and the artist deserves to be honored. I am left starry eyed.

    • Reply Rachael Ferrera October 13, 2015 at 10:25 am

      Thanks Mom!

  • Reply Anonymous October 8, 2015 at 9:21 pm

    I am so proud of my daughter, Rachael. She us passionate about quilting, and keeps pushing herself to take risks. I love the beauty in all that simplicity.

    Your quilting is exquisite.

    • Reply Rachael Ferrera October 13, 2015 at 10:26 am

      Thanks Mama! Glad it’s a hobby we can share together!

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