Signature Star inspired by Sticks n' Stones
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Inspired by Fabric – Sticks N’ Stones by Jean Wells

Introducing GEAR SHIFT, a new pattern by True Blue Quilts! I was inspired by Sticks N’ Stones fabric – designed by Jean Wells of Stitchin’ Post – to design a quilt for the August Try a Tool challenge.

Try a Tool Blog HopGear Shift from True Blue Quilts


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For the August challenge, each Ambassador was assigned a specialty ruler and a specific fabric collection. You may remember my excitement when I opened the Sticks N’ Stones collection, designed by Jean Wells of Stitchin’ Post!

Watch the unboxing video here.

Sticks 'N Stones by Jean Wells of the Stitchin Post selections from sticks n' stones




Inspired by Fabric

Along with the gorgeous fabric, I received the Corner Pop tool from Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Deisgn, and it was the perfect accesory to make the star blocks for my new quilt.

Corner Pop Tool by Studio 180 Design Corner Pop ruler

Signature blocks and star points were quickly cut and pieced with the Corner Pop ruler.

Signature Star inspired by Sticks n' StonesThe instructions include a measurement chart so I was able to easily change my block sizes from the large 18″ center star to the smallest 6″ star and every size in between. I kept everything divisible by 3, since I was making a nine-patch block.

gradually smaller quilt blocks

The blocks were a breeze to sew with Aurifil thread and a Schmetz needle in my machine. Then, I pieced a backing from Island Batik fabrics and loaded it onto my longarm with cotton batting from Hobbs.

gear shift quilt back

I love the Arcade pantograph that I found at Urban Elementz! It complements the movement I tried to capture with the layout of my Gear Shift design.

arcade pantograph

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Check out these other great designs!

Need more inspiration? Visit the other Ambassadors to see how they used their new tools and gorgeous new fabric collections from Island Batik.

Mania Hatzioannidi, Mania for Quilts
Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail

Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio
Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood
Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts
Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
Sally Manke, Sally Manke Fiber Artist

Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky
Suzy Webster, Websterquilt

Jennifer Eubank, Archipelago Quilting
Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter

Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

Megan Best, Bestquilter
Janet Yamamoto, Whispers of Yore

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia
Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights
Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

Joanne Hart, Unicorn Harts
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

Visit the Island Batik Blog for the Blog Hop Round-Up Week 3 and Giveaway

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