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Friday, January 08, 2016

Quilting, and a Craftours Cocoon!

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I finished the quilting on this quilt yesterday, that still remains NAMELESS!

Isn’t that terrible?

Usually the name for a quilt comes along during the making of it, but with this one? NADA!

I’m sure it will come to me – I’ve just had so many other things on my mind that maybe I haven’t listened to the quiet voice radiating from this wonderful mess of scraps to listen to what it wants to be called.

If this were YOUR quilt – what would YOU name it?

I look at the texture of the quilting on top of all of those little bits of memories and I just feel HAPPY!

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Hanging off the machine, ready for binding!

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Cut, sewn, and ready to be pressed!

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I am teaching at a very special Craftours Cocoon in Naperville, IL April 3-7, 2016!
 
What is a Cocoon?  Think of it as a comfortable place to learn and expand your horizons with 4 days of instruction from 4 internationally known teachers, authors and lecturers!
 
Imagine that this Cocoon is presented in the beautiful surroundings of a first class hotel, the Marriott in Naperville!
 
If you don't like to fly overseas, if you don't like to cruise -- this is a Stateside Stay-cation tailor-fit for you!
 
Along with Master Classes by 3 other word renowned instructors --you can plan on a Midnight Flight workshop with me!
 


 
Class information and supply list found under the Lectures & Workshops tab at the top of the blog HERE.
 
PACKAGE INCLUDES:
The cocoon starts on a Sunday night and continues through the week until Thursday evening. We will feature four “master” instructors for each cocoon event, and the week will be filled with an extraordinary opportunity to participate in something very, very special. Our Craftours Cocoon™ will not only offer four master workshops taught by incredibly talented instructors, but you can also enjoy informative presentations & lectures, exhibits, shopping, receive special gifts, participate in fun & games, and have a chance to win some free trips. 
 
The event will also feature the use of brand new Janome sewing machines, and include four nights accommodations at the Chicago Marriott Naperville, daily breakfast, two special dinners, and more!
 
The price of this amazing weekend: $889.00 per person based on double occupancy.  Bring a friend! Payment due in full at sign up.
 
Space is limited and based on first come-first served. Single rooms are available for an additional $325.00pp.
 
EXTEND YOUR TOUR:
Our cocoon takes place just prior to the Quilt Festival in Rosemont, Illinois (April 7 - 9, 2016), if you would like to be able to enjoy the Quilt Festival, you can extend your stay up to 3 additional nights for the incredible price of $92 per person, per night. These additional nights include taxes and breakfast each day.
 
I have had many many requests from those who live near by asking if they could attend the workshops and the evening events, but sleep at home in their own beds.
 
While the "Stay at the Marriott" all inclusive price is $887.00 I can see why those who live near by would want to stay at home and save their money for FABRIC! And Notions! And other quilty goodies --

So for those who LIVE within the Naperville area who want to come to this event, we have a "sleep at home" deal for you!
 
The workshops, the lectures and evening events will be included in your Local-Student registration of $664.00. You sleep at home, you eat breakfast at home, and then you come play!
For more information, visit my Craftours Page HERE.
 
I can't wait to see you in Naperville, IL in April!  Be sure to tell the folks at Craftours that you read about here from me when you register!
 
To make your reservations call us at 815-663-4046, toll free at 877-887-1188 or submit your reservations online.
 
For additional questions regarding airfare, transfers, insurance, pre-night packages, or our convenient payment plan, please call our toll-free number or use our contact form.

And with that, I'm packing up the van and heading to South Carolina this morning.  Wonder of wonders, my route takes me all the way down I-85 right past the Cox Rd exit and the home of Mary Jos in Gastonia, NC.

I think I'll need to make a pit stop!


Quiltville Quote of the Day -

“The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; to make the most of what we have; to be happy with simple pleasures; and have courage when things go wrong.”


The quilt is Crabapples from my book Adventures with Leaders & Enders.

Have a great Friday, everyone!

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162 comments:

  1. ok i'll be first....playtime stars....reminiscent of victoria findlay wolfe's book AND bonnie hunter's love of scraps and stars!
















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  2. You should name it NADA as in NADA person wouldn't love this quilt!

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  3. My first reaction and thought would be "Stripes and Stars"
    Such a beauty of a quilt!!

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  4. Stars and Strips Forever

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  5. Tina in NJ8:55 AM EST

    I've suggested this before, but since you asked, if this were my quilt, I'd name it "Stringin' on a Star." Now I've got Bing Crosby in my ear again! If/when I make this quilt, that will be my name for it.

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  6. How about String of Memories? And I'd love to live anywhere close to be able to take one of your classes!! Have a fantastic weekend, Bonnie.

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  7. How about Stars Galore! Happy Stitching Bonnie! Anna in TN

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  8. Scrappy Strippy Stars! Stars and Strips! Scrapbasket Stars!

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  9. Well, since you said just looking at this quilt made you happy, I say name it HAPPY STARS. Love you Bonnie. Enjoyed Quilt Cam last night. Thanks.

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  10. How about sCRUMBtious memories?
    I also like the "String of Memories" suggestion.

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  11. Anonymous9:02 AM EST

    I would call it "Stripolicous".

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  12. Anonymous9:04 AM EST

    My first thought when I saw the quilt was "Love in Action". Your quilts are always full of love and lots of action.

    Claudia

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  13. I see stars and brightness: Starlight Starbright

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  14. Anonymous9:07 AM EST

    How about Starry Strings? Have a safe trip.

    Sue
    redvette1954@yahoo.com

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  15. I commented on the facebook. I will go with Folk Stars or Appalachia Stars.

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  16. You have not used your name in any quilt name....like "Bonnie's....." Or "........a la Bonnie". This would be a good time to use your name in the title. This quilt shows your love of scrappiness, your use of crumbs and liberated piecing in the middles, your string piecing, everything you love! So I am thinking I would name it something with your name included in the title.

    Have fun in South Carolina! How I wish I could be at your workshop, but I could not get out of work.......

    Sally in SC

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  17. Whirlygig! With the texture from the quilting and the way the string blocks appear to twist my first thought was of a bunch of whirligigs spinning in the wind. Looks like I'm going to be doing some string piecing in the not too distant future.

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  18. Anonymous9:15 AM EST

    Starstruck -- thats what came to mind first.

    Beautiful quilt.

    Elaine Wibben
    lecraft@aol.com

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  19. It reminds me of gemstones. So maybe Aquamarine or Crystals and Diamonds

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  20. I immediately thought of Kaleidoscope Stars. You are spot on. Looking at this quilt makes me smile!

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  21. Color wave stars. Hopefully one of us will help in your name search!

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  22. Color wave stars. Hopefully one of us will help in your name search!

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  23. When I read, "I look at the texture of the quilting on top of all those little bits of memories and I feel happy!", immediately my mind said Starstruck.

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  24. When I read, "I look at the texture of the quilting on top of all those little bits of memories and I feel happy!", immediately my mind said Starstruck.

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  25. Strung Along Crumb Stars is my two cents. Have a great trip!

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  26. Anonymous9:29 AM EST

    I would name the quilt Supernova. The string stars and background quilting appear to be exploding into string blocks. Beautiful quilt!

    Leslie
    Lstinger03@gmail.com

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  27. Since the voice of this quilt hasn't sung out yet, how about "A New Song" for its name?

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  28. Anonymous9:35 AM EST

    Instantly thought of Starbright.
    Kim Orosz
    kaorosz@sbcglobal.net

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  29. I agree with Eva; the word "Happy" should be in there. Happy Days . . . Happy Dance . . . Happy Feet??

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  30. How about Crumbles or Crumbley Stars.

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  31. Memory Stars comes to mind as when I am piecing from fabrics in the stash the memories come back from where the pieces originated...

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  32. Looks like a "Kaleidoscope Galaxy" to me! I love the aqua accent around the blocks.

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  33. wow Beautiful all the above names are great this is what I thought of when I saw it My stars of many Colors, now I am singing Dolly pardons song my coat of many colors...always loved that song. twrow@wispernet.ca

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  34. Star Light Star Bright

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  35. Star Light Star Bright

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  36. Sparkling memories... or Twinkling memories. All those scraps have so many memories attached. It is a beautiful quilt and I want to make one like it!

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  37. Anonymous9:57 AM EST

    Forgive me if this has been said already, and if you already have a quilt named this... but the first thing I thought of when I saw it was that it reminded me of looking through a kaleidoscope when I was little :D So I vote for Kaleidoscope.. Have a great day!

    Margie Musselman
    Bedford, PA

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  38. String along stars...... my contribution. ♡

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  39. Anonymous10:00 AM EST

    Well, you used everything but "the Kitchen Sink", soooooo... :D Chris Gray Augusta GA chrissybluebird@hotmail.com

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  40. When I read how this quilt makes you feel, I thought, Well, of course, it's name shall be HAPPY! (In all caps and with the exclamation point) After all, you said it loud and clear. But I'd cast a vote in favor of either Starbright or Supernova Stars as well.

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  41. Anonymous10:05 AM EST

    Star Burst was the first that entered my mind when I saw the finished quilt. Truly beautiful.
    Neta

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  42. I can't name my own quilts so I have no idea why I'm chiming in...
    Hot Mess is what I pick.
    It's one of those slang terms my kids are always saying.

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  43. I vote for Sea Stars for your quilt. Each star is surrounded by aqua.

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  44. My suggestion for a name qof th quilt would be "Stars in the crosswinds"

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  45. Anonymous10:23 AM EST

    What about Stringles



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  46. My choice of names is "The Night has a Thousand Eyes". Or maybe change the " eyes" to "I's"..... Can't make your workshop but I'll see you at guild meeting Monday night.
    Connie W from WNC

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  47. You said it--"Wonderful Mess"!

    It is lovely.

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  48. Swinging on a star, comes to mind but I'm sure I'm not the first with this suggestion.

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  49. I like the name Stars and Strips

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  51. I really love this quilt!! I thought "Happy Little Bits and Memories" .

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  52. Love this quilt!

    Star Stringin' Memories

    hm

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  53. I would call it star bright.

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  54. It reminds me of your "Peruvian Marketplace" photos. I thought
    For sure it had been your inspiration.

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  55. Waves of Happiness ...Happy Strings...Happy Stars...
    Have fun shopping!

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  56. Sparkle Stars! Or.....When Stars Dream. How about Stringing Along Star by Star (like singing along side by side). Stop me now!!!

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  57. Sparkle Stars! Or.....When Stars Dream. How about Stringing Along Star by Star (like singing along side by side). Stop me now!!!

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  58. I like Eva's comment (#9), Happy Stars!

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  59. After reading your post about how happy you feel when you see this quilt, the one name that came to my mind was "Happy Stars.

    Terry

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  60. Hannah Wellens12:48 PM EST

    How about "swimming stars"? Due to the quilting it's like you see them just submerged, that ripple effect.
    Well, you started someting soliciting for a name ;-),
    H.

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  61. Star Shards is my suggested name for this quilt. The shards of fabric in the strings made me think of shattered glass. I already made the Midnight Flight so I won't be coming to Chicago.
    Wish you were making something Different there so I could come stay with my friend in Shaumburg and go to the Chicago show again. It was so fun last year!

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  62. Another beautiful scrap quilt! I would name it "A Star Is Born"

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  63. Happy Go Lucky!
    Tammy (morrowrj at telus dot net)

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  64. Betsy Madsen1:13 PM EST

    Stars in the Cabin. I know they are string blocks but at first glance it looked like a star block on top of a log cabin block. I also like the previously suggested "Star Shards".

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  65. Anonymous1:19 PM EST

    Spangles ?

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  66. Anonymous1:21 PM EST

    Star Reflections/Star Plateaus (the stripped blocks make it looks like they are reflecting depth in a beveled mirror or depending how you look at those blocks, they could be holding the star blocks up on a plateau). Extra thoughts .... Scrap Happy! Scrap Happy Stars! or Happy Down Time! Happy Home Time!


    Louise Young
    floridafly@hotmail.com

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  67. Anonymous1:29 PM EST

    Scrap Happy

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  68. Peruvian Stars, Love this quilt! Your so inspiring!

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  69. Bonnie----I love the names you choose for your quilts....what pops out at me in this quilt is the beautiful shade of light
    aqua and of course, the stars. This is a very soothing quilt to me....reflects comfort. Those are things I would consider
    when naming. How about Stringed Stars on Ice?

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  70. Such a pretty quilt with memories attached to each piece. Love the aqua. My suggestion is Happy Memories

    Thank you for this years mystery. I am working my way along enjoying each moment.

    Chris
    chris_quilting at yahoo dot com

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  71. Bonnie, I think "Heavenly Stars" would be a nice name for this quilt since they shine brightly and are so full of love..and would protect and circle the one sleeping under them. Thanks for all you do!

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  72. Well you use the word radiating in your description. So I might would call it "Radiating Stars".

    Have a great weekend.

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  73. Happy Stars is a great name for that quilt. Pretty! and they make me smile.

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  74. Anonymous2:25 PM EST

    I would call it, "Strung Out Stars". It is a very happy quilt. Janice k4squilt@zoominternet.net

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  75. Anonymous2:36 PM EST

    Happily Starlit

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  76. Happy Memories because it evokes different memories depending on what fabrics each quilter uses.

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  77. Isn't that the same aqua from your mother's(MIL's?) stash that you used for the sashing? maybe you could name it after her! I love this quilt!

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  78. How about naming it "Starring Bonnie" to piggy back on someone's comment earlier about using your name in a quilt that you designed. This quilt totally reflects the things you love so much in quilts and the things we love about you and your quilts so much. Thanks Bonnie for all of your giving and sharing with us.

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  79. I don't have a reason for the name, but Serenade is what I would choose.

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  80. Anonymous3:47 PM EST

    Tickled by turquoise

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  81. I really like this one and can't wait for the pattern. I think you already named it in your post. "Mess of Scraps"

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  82. StarShine Thanks Bonnie for all your inspiration and help!

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  83. how about
    Stars on a string

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  84. Joyful! Because it makes you happy.

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  85. Carnival Star, with all the twisting and turning it reminds me of Ferris wheels and lights going off when you win a game and all the fun and excitement of a carnival

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  86. the STAR WARS movies are popular right now. " May the star force be with you!" HA!

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  87. Spaghetti Stars!!!!!!!!!!

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  88. I thought of 'Blue Diamonds' as soon as I saw it

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  89. I would call it Bits and Pieces!

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  90. I would call it "Happiness Overload" or better, just "Happiness!"

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  91. Anonymous6:23 PM EST

    String of Stars
    starry, starry strings
    Twinkling Strings
    Love the quilt! It looks so happy!
    Phyllis

    pscutt33@gmail.com

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  92. My first impression was El Nino, the sashing reminded me of the ocean and the scrappy blocks reminded me of how this weather pattern can create havoc in our weather. But really I think it sounds kind of romantic and mysterious.

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  93. Over 100 suggestions, you should be able to pick a great one. I thought Memory Stars but so did someone else. Anyway I love it! Way to go, Bonnie!

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  94. Anonymous7:24 PM EST

    I like the suggestion "Serenade". It prompted me to look up the musical term for happy, which is "Felice". Carolyn, robbies77@internode.on.net

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  95. Oh crumbs, I see stars..anniebee0307@yahoo.co.uk

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  96. My first thought was 'Starburst'! Congratulations, Another beautiful quilt Bonnie!

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  97. Anonymous8:07 PM EST

    My first thought this morning was "Happiness is...." And I still like that name.
    Rosalie
    rjoehnk@txwinet.com

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  98. I would call it "Because I'm Happy!" Plain and simple as that is. I do love that teal.

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  99. BJ from NJ9:26 PM EST

    Beautiful quilt! As for a name, how about Estrelita?

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  100. Carol June9:30 PM EST

    Name it HAPPY!
    caroljune6@hotmail.com

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  101. You said it yourself "Happy Stars". Eileen
    eileenschamel@gmail.com

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  102. Kathi Cappellini10:06 PM EST

    Because it was finished around the New Year celebration, I am suggesting TIMES SQUARE STARS!!!!!!!

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  103. Anonymous10:48 PM EST

    "Stained Glass Stars" .... this looks like my worktable when I am working in stained glass -- colorful shards and bits everywhere.

    Kar

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  104. Love the crumb-pieced centers of the stars. Would call it Nebula [or Nebula Star] b/c it reminds me of the 'birth' of stars & the rainbow splash of colors as seen with infrared lens of the Hummel telescope. Super duper!! Have fun in S.C.! Can't wait to see you again this February, in So California. YIPPEE SKIPPEE... so excited to be in your workshop.
    Hugs,
    CynF
    cyn4rest [at] Hotmail [dot] com

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  105. How about Star Crossing. That would be a good name.

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  106. Without reading any other posts..so as not to be influenced...I would pick..."Stars, Strings and Squares".

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  107. How about simply, Stringing with the Stars.
    Joanne W

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  108. SIMPLY HAPPY.... It is how it makes you feel when look at it!

    Love it!

    susanlpaulson@gmail.com

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  109. SIMPLY HAPPY.... It is how it makes you feel when look at it!

    Love it!

    susanlpaulson@gmail.com

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  110. Just call it
    Strip-Tease

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  111. My first thoughts looking at it before even reading your comments was "Happy Days are here again!" Enjoyed QuiltCam last night. It was a lot of fun. Have a great weekend.

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  112. or another thought, just O' Happy Day!!!!!!!

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  113. How about "Stars and Strings."

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  114. Bev Harrison Bev not Beth2:15 AM EST

    Starplay!

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  115. It immediately made me think of pictures of the different colored beach umbrellas you would see in old pics of the French Riviera...I would call it... Riviera Reminiscent

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  116. It immediately made me think of pictures of the different colored beach umbrellas you would see in old pics of the French Riviera...I would call it... Riviera Reminiscent

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  117. Anonymous3:56 AM EST

    I would name it Forever Waves!

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  118. I immediately thought "Tutti Frutti", but I like some of the other suggestions better. It is a beautiful quilt, whatever you decide to call it.
    Liz B in England.

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  119. Anonymous4:51 AM EST

    I just love this happy quilt. Is this one going to be in your new book? I hope so as I really want to make it. It just makes my heart sing.... .how about that as a name? My heart sings :)

    Andrea in New Zealand

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  120. I guess I have a simple mind, I would just call it Scrappy Stars. Have a great day! Gretchen villacrestfarm@gmail.com

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  121. Glacier Stars. The edging around each star made me think this. So pretty

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  122. Kaleidoscope String Galaxy...since that's that is what it looks like. Have a great trip.

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  123. Sherrod W8:02 AM EST

    Stars and Strings

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  124. Maybe it's where I live but it's screaming Cinco de Mayo or Piñata to me!

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  125. I would call it Crumbly Stars

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  126. I would go with "Soften & Happy" that will remind you of your word for 2016 and how the quilt makes you feel.

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  127. "Star Gazer" since can't stop looking at the quilt. Very lovely.

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  128. Radiance or Radiant Star. First thing that came to mind. :)
    Colleen

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  129. How about Big Bang Theory!? The stars and the rest of the quilt just burst into something beautiful, out of "nothing" (scraps :) ).

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  130. I'd call it "Carousel" It seems to go round and round with fun colors.

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  131. Feliz Fiesta or Feliz Estrellas for Happy Stars

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  132. Feliz Fiesta or Feliz Estrellas for Happy Stars

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  133. The quilting makes the stars appear to be spinning in the photo. Not sure if you see that when actually looking at the quilt. So name it Spinning Stars, or Rotating, or Twirling Stars. Love the Laura Ingalls Wilder quote. Can't tell you how many times I've read all her books, since the first time in 3rd grade!

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  134. Anonymous7:04 PM EST

    Is it going to be available as a pattern soon???

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  135. Scrap Happy Stars.
    Charlotte Taylor cdtaylor81154@gmail.com

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  136. I am no help with the naming, I am trying to think of a name...but all I can think of is Starry starry night, flaming flowers that brightly blaze...

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  137. I see that someone has already mentioned this, but STARS GALORE is my choice.

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  138. You said it: A Wonderful Mess

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  139. IOTA STARS (iota-extremely small pieces )

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  140. Betsy M.9:59 PM EST

    Hi there. I look at that lovely and unusual quilt and i see "STARS OF THE EARTH". It is a strange name but it's what I see.

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  141. Swinging On A Star came to mind Bonnie. I Would you like to swing on a star...... I have no idea why, but there it is.

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