• Quilter challenges herself all the way to a blue ribbon
    Master quilter Cynthia Allen, above, poses with her blue-ribbon-winning quilt entered in the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Quilting Contest.

Quilter challenges herself all the way to a blue ribbon

Long-time Freestone County quilter Cynthia Allen had a blue-ribbon entry this year at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Quilt Contest – after spending six months piecing and 40 hours quilting her masterpiece.

Her “Feathered Star” entry represented Freestone County, Area Go Texan Committee. The octagon-shaped wall-hanging quilt or table-topper measured 58 inches by 58 inches. The original quilt pattern was called “Feathered Snowflake Tree Skirt” by Judy Neimeyer of Kalispell, Mont.

Allen won the pattern in an online giveaway.

“When I got the pattern, I immediately knew I had to make the quilt in Christmas colors of red and green,” she said. “The original pattern called for this to be a Christmas tree skirt in blues. After completing the top, I could not bring myself to cut the center out. So it became a table topper for me.”

The top is composed of 100% cotton fabrics, and the intricate feathered design was created by using the paper-piecing method. The quilt was completed with hand-guided machine quilting.




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