The Wedding Star pattern was designed for foundation paper piecing in 1996 by Bradley and Judy Niemeyer and redesigned in 2008. 2014, 2016, and 2018!
This popular design uses 2-1/2″ Strips to create Ring Sets, foundation paper piecing for a perfect piecing outcome, there is a Creative Grids ruler available to assist with Curved Trimming, and it is a classic in the Quilting Industry.
Extra foundation papers, acrylic rulers, and digitized quilting designs are available for this pattern as well, simply reference the related products on the Quiltworx Website.
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This quilt comes with a beautiful story...
"This quilt is called "Not for the Faint-hearted" and it is a gift for a wonderful oncologist, Dr Anne O'Donnell of Wellington, New Zealand's Capital Coast Health Board.
Dr O'Donnell gave my darling Mum and I, an extra 5 years when treating Mum's terminal gastric cancer. When diagnosed, the 5 year survival rate was exceptionally poor (and hasn't improved much since). But Mum wasn't much of a believer in statistics (or math in general, unless there was a sales discount involved) and we struck a deal that we needed 5 extra years. At the time of making the deal, I could tell from the look on her face, that 5 years was a massive ask given Mum's particular clinical situation.
But a magic 5 years we did get. It was spent making quilts, swimming with the manta rays and whales, with grandkids, and making a whole lot of very special memories that will be treasured forever. It's cruel to lose your Mum when you've not grown up yourself but I wasn't short-changed in the Mother department. She was vivacious, stubborn, with a clear set of right and wrong, generous and caring. As a daughter, I could not have been luckier.
As Mum's final days drew near, my list of "jobs" became bigger, not that I minded. One of these jobs was a quilt for Dr O'Donnell. It was to be pinks, crimson and purples - Anne's colours.
So, over a 3 year period, where my heart ached and grieved for my missing quilting mate, a quilt was born. I decided on a wedding ring pattern. It seemed quite apt - Mum and Dad enjoyed a wonderful marriage (it would've been 50 years, this year) and lovely Anne O'Donnell is married to her job (a sacrifice she had made to help others) so seemed unlikely to ever receive a wedding ring quilt.
I called it "Not for the Faint-hearted" as a tribute for three reasons. The first acknowledges her profession - providing oncology expertise to people that are filled with great hopes and difficult clinical prognoses. Secondly to acknowledge my own journey as a daughter shepherding her Mother through her final days. I looked after Mum at home, administering all of her medications alongside Dad so that Mum did not have to be admitted to a hospital or hospice facility. And finally to acknowledge my own journey as a quilter. While I have been quilting on & off for more than 20 years, I am a relatively inexperienced machine user. I love hand appliqué and am not particularly prolific. The machine usually comes out rarely for quilts that need to be whipped quickly / more utilitarian. I had never foundation pieced or curved pieced before so it was a bold call to take on a JN, especially when I live in a country where there are no CIs or classes! And I didn't discover this lovely community or online help until after I'd finished!!
Special thanks to Tammy Doane of Trumble Creek Quilts for the simply splendid and breath-taking quilting. You are an absolute star with incredible talent and amazing dedication to your quilt art. You were a joy to collaborate with and so very patient.
I also wanted to say thanks to the other lovely and talented quilters that reached out to help when I realised that this was way beyond me.
Thank you Quiltworx and JN for this great quilt. I had no idea how making this quilt would help me with my grieving process. There is now a little light on the other side when it felt very dark for a long time.
The quilt has recently on display at New Zealand's National Quilt Show but in the end I elected not to have it judged, only on display. My friends tell me it would have taken out the blue ribbon (and Tammy's work was definitely Blue Ribbon worthy) but in the end I just couldn't let such a precious quilt be scrutinised and judged. I had given it everything I had.
Not for the faint-hearted will go on display one more time in November before being delivered to Anne in late November. I bumped into her, quite by chance, a fortnight ago and was able to tell her about the quilt Mum had ordered up 3 years ago. It was a very special moment and conversation that I'll treasure.
ps- I would have liked to have been able to photography it better. It's a big quilt and it's crisp white goes a bit funny when photographed. But in real life, the quilt is vibrant with cool crisp pinks and purples set on a snowy white background."