A Stash Must-Have: Companions

“A fabric collection is an end in itself: a feast for the quilter’s eye and a garden of possibilities. When I shop for fabric, I don’t like to buy all the fabrics for my quilt at one time or from a single fabric line. I prefer to collect kinds of prints and color groups. My stash is wide and deep. The Companions line is intended to help the fabric collector round out certain parts of the fabric palette. As the Staples backgrounds fill a need, so will the Companions prints. They are like Staples (finely etched in two colors) only with a dark ground. The light prints in the group are intentionally tiny to accommodate us crazy quilters who love miniatures.” –Marsha McCloskey

Companions by Marsha McCloskey is now in stores, and I thought instead of trying to describe it to you I’d let Marsh do the describing :). I love this simple and delicate collection, and I love the prints that have a design on each side of the fabric–it’s a two-for-one! So of course I had to share…Companions_2
Aren’t they beautiful? I can hear your stash calling out to be filled in with these lovely Companions! Companions_1Did you know that Marsha has created a special technique to make gorgeous blocks called Feathered Stars? Here is an example of one of Marsha’s Feathered Star blocks. This collection really lends itself well to these complex and intricate blocks.
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Marsha even has a special Feathered Star she made in Companions that will be coming out in the next issue of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks!

Maybe you would like to try one of Marsha’s Feathered Stars for yourself! All you have to do is comment here on the blog and we’ll select one lucky winner at random to receive a special prize. Prize includes Marsha’s Feathered Star Quilt Blocks I, Feathered Star Quilt Blocks II, the Feathered Star Ruler, and yardage from the Companions fabric collection. Imagine all of the gorgeous Feathered Stars you could make with this super special prize! Please, only one comment per person. Winner will be announced Monday, 10/25 at 4pm.
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If you are looking for a more simple pattern to try with the Companions collection, check out the free pattern.
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After you leave your comment, visit Marsha’s website to check out her books and teaching schedule.

Happy Quilting!

34 thoughts on “A Stash Must-Have: Companions

  1. i love red, white and blue… my favorite color combination… The feathered star is amazing!!! Thanks so much for sharing…

  2. The Feathered Star is an absolutely stunning block! I would love love LOVE to learn to make this. Thanks so much for the opportunity ❤

  3. I had asked Alex Anderson where to find good instructions for making feathered stars, and she suggested Marsha McCloskey. After visiting Marsha’s website, I put those same 2 books by Marsha McCloskey PLUS her rulers on my “wish list” for my family. I have a birthday coming up next week. Wanna pick me??? ;D

  4. Blue and white of blocks from Marsha’s Feathered Star Quilt Blocks I book and now I want to see the second book. Love piecing and the precision of it all. Beautiful new line of fabric. So crisp and clean!

  5. I would love the fabric!! I would also love to give a feathered star a try. Done a lot of piecing but never a feathered star. THANKS for the opportunity.

  6. What a beautiful block, I always wanted to try the feathered star. I am not sure how to get all those points to be points. Thank you for a great giveaway and a chance to win.

  7. Several years ago I decided to make a queen size feather star quilt as a wedding gift for my only niece. I happened upon Marsha’s pattern and it made putting that star together easy as pie (btw, I hand-pieced the entire quilt). Since then, when I’ve come across a feathered star pattern, I compare the instructions to Marsha’s and then go back to her technique. It is by far the best way to make a feathered star. I love these new fabrics and I do see them in my stash (oh my, so much for watching my stash!)

  8. What a wonderful giveaway! The block is beautiful. Would LOVE to learn how to make it. Thank you also for the free pattern above 🙂
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  9. Feathered star quilts are so beautiful yet the difficulty of making one scares me. Perhaps if win this book can more easily make one and enjoy the process. Thanks for this great giveaway of fabric and book. alt email mlwright29 (at) hotmail (dot) com

  10. Oh my gosh – what CUTE fabric!! What an awesome prize as well! I’m already imagining pretty, unusual feathered star quilt possibilities! Please count me in on the contest!

  11. oooooh! This would be fantastic to win. I love, love Love M. McClosky’s classic designs and perfections. Feahtered stars are tricky that I think this ruler would be heaven sent. Jane

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