Diamond Star Quilts

Categories: BlogBy Published On: October 4, 202030 min read654 words13 Comments

Hi Everybody!

As a pattern designer and a future book author ( yes…) I wanted to be a part of a blog hop to share a new book coming out by C&T Publishing called Diamond Star Quilts by Barbara Cline

A little bio on Barbara

I took this information from her site, HERE. 

Barbara is an international quilt designer; author and teacher who loves to share her techniques with others. Barbara started creating quilts in her teens. She has had over 37 years of experience in quilting and teaching classes. Her whole family has shared a passion and reverence for the tradition of quilt making through the generations.  She has 4 books published by C&T Publishing.
Barbara currently teaches classes at local quilt shops and gives lectures, trunk shows and teaches nationally and internationally.  She loves to design and piece quilts from her home in Shenandoah Valley, Virginia.
She has enjoyed entering and placing in the Paducah quilt contest “New Quilts from Old Favorite” – Seven Sisters and Dresden Plate.  The Paducah Quilt show, Quilt Odyssey, Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival XVII, and Hoffman Challenge have displayed a wall hanging.
Barbara comes from a close-knit Mennonite family of quilters. Every year the women gather for a sewing retreat, where they quilt, sew, and follow other creative pursuits. The family members and their quilts were featured in the Virginia Quilt Museum’s exhibition Five Generations of Mennonite Quilts.
She has taught in Dubai, Kuwait and on a Alaskan Cruise by World of Quilts Travel.
I went through the book and I was amazed at how the piecing techniques were taught. I think many of you know that I am a prolific quilter. I make between 100-200 quilts in a typical year. Do you know that I have never made a Lonestar or any of that type of quilt before? I have quilted dozens. Hand pieced versions, quiltsmart versions, rotary and paper pieced.
Can you believe that this quilt is strip pieced? It is.
AMAZING!! Right ?
All of the quilts are wall hanging size. That also makes it seem like it’s more achievable.
What I really appreciated in the instructions along with the easy piecing techniques was also the pressing and matching the center points. There are diagrams that show how to line them up properly and where the dog ears should be ( so you can clip them off ). Sometimes it’s those little things that make us successful.
All of the instructions are approachable, easy construction methods. It’s all rotary cutting and strip piecing and some templates.
You know as a longarm quilter— I have to mention the quilting. Majority of the quilting looks like it was done on a domestic machine, and there were a variety of designs used. All of them approachable. All of the designs created great texture and complimented the quilts. There was a drawing/diagram shared for at least one of the quilting designs in the book. That’s really a nice thing for people. I get requests from customers sometimes that want the exact design they see if a book or pattern. Sometimes it’s difficult to see what it is or try to figure it out from a picture. I like it when they share the designs or at least take high resolution photos so we can see the quilting. They did that in this book.
If you’d like to Read some of the other reviews, or check out Barbara’s other books you can visit her site here. 
The other reviews for the book are listed here:
I hope you enjoyed seeing something different on my site. I am always looking at new things to bring you all. :)
Be Blessed
Charisma

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13 Comments

  1. Carole S. October 4, 2020 at 6:12 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing Barbara’s quilt book! You mentioned some good points that I often forget to look for, but always appreciate, such as the pressing instructions, which can certainly make a huge difference in a lone star. I look forward to seeing this book in person!

  2. Bonnie Larson October 4, 2020 at 8:11 am - Reply

    I love Barbara’s designs. They look so difficult, but, are quite doable. Thanks for gibing an awesome review.

  3. Cyndy Lipe October 4, 2020 at 10:51 am - Reply

    Love your review of the book. It sounds like it would be good for an intermediate quilter like myself, with the detailed instructions. Thank you.

  4. Pam G. October 4, 2020 at 12:01 pm - Reply

    I’m loving the star quilts – what inspiration! Looks like a must have bood.

  5. Linda Fleming October 4, 2020 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Love what I see of the Diamond Star Quilts book by Barbara.

  6. Pat Gottshalk October 4, 2020 at 3:07 pm - Reply

    Your detailed info and perspective is appreciated.

  7. Hannah W October 4, 2020 at 9:26 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing for your review.

  8. Christi October 4, 2020 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Barbara is an amazing quilter. She has such an eye for design and color. Thanks for the review. I look forward to this book a lot.

  9. Janet Nancy October 5, 2020 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    It is refreshing to see new ideas and designs in a book instead of the same patterns with different fabrics. I am sure your beautiful quilting would do any one of them justice!

  10. Allison October 6, 2020 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Lovely quilts!!!

  11. Suzette Harris October 6, 2020 at 4:51 pm - Reply

    I’m excited to own this book. It looks much simpler than other traditional methods I’ve seen

  12. Cindy Shelley October 6, 2020 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    These star quilts are so gorgeous. Thanks for sharing and participating in the blog hop

  13. Susan Rizzi October 6, 2020 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    This sounds like an interesting book since I love stars.

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