Serendipity Stars

A year or so ago Mike and I were having breakfast at a local coffee shop when one of the employees came up and introduced herself. Anne is a quilter with a love for quick techniques and making charity quilts. She told me she had come up with a fun technique for making stars by slapping 2 fat quarters together doing some creative stitching, cutting and stitching again! I was intrigued and she emailed me pictures of some of her quilts:




















This last one is my personal favorite!

She asked me if I had any thoughts on how she could market her technique. We did a bit of brainstorming and she liked the idea of a magazine article. I gave her some contact information for American Quilter magazine and – Anne was published in the July issue!!!

This is her picture and bio from the magazine:

Anne Widmann

Anne loves to make quilts as quickly as possible, and her Serendipity Star technique developed as she experimented. She put two fat quarters together just to see what would happen, and the result was magical, resulting in six-pointed stars and a world of possibilities. Project Linus is dear to Anne’s heart; in one year, she not only made 54 quilts for Project Linus, but also a few quilts for others.






Her article includes a hexagon table runner pattern using her technique.

This is what the July issue cover looks like

and the label says it will be displayed until August 14th. I highly recommend picking up a copy today!

Congratulations Anne!

Also, Anne will be doing a lecture about her technique at the Ben Franklin Quilt Fest this October in Oconomowoc, WI. She’s very excited and I can’t wait to see her in action!


A Tribute to Natalie

I’m saddened to share the loss of another dear quilting friend. You may remember Natalie Sewell as the first quilter to win major awards for raw edged landscape quilting, and then writing books on the subject with Nancy Ziemann; but I’ve known Natalie since we were both very traditional quilters in Madison, WI in the early 1990’s. We belonged to Mad City Quilters and took classes from each other over the years. I was blessed with the opportunity to travel with her and call her my friend. I learned so much from Natalie and I will miss her.


8 Opinions

  • Shellie said:

    These are wonderful and I can’t wait to learn a quick way to do this! However,
    the blue & black quilt makes me uncomfortable – something about the black looks like a swastika, which superimposed on a 6 pointed star, has some rather ominous connotations. But the rest looks terrific.

  • Susan Schultz said:

    JoAnn’s doesn’t have American Quilter magazine. Any idea who does?

  • Tomi Fay Forbes said:

    I took a landscape class from Natalie some years ago. She was a tremendous quilter and an inspiration to work with. I’m sorry to hear that her needle has been stilled.

  • Sandra Robertson said:

    I’m not near a shop that sells American Quilter. Chris, can you send me Ann’s address to get a pattern or is it on the web somewhere?

  • Jean Slack said:

    I just have to tell you that when I saw Natalie Sewell’s obituary in the Wis. State Journal, the first thing I thought of was Landscape quilting followed by “quilting in heaven with Nancy Zieman”. They were people I knew through Nancy’s t. v. show but when they come into your living room, they become part of your life. Both ladies left so much for others in this world.

  • Cheryl Parker said:

    Looks like an interesting technique. I’ll have to see if I can find the magazine.


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