The Story of Catch a Christmas Star!

I was talking to Jennifer at
today and she mentioned that she has the last of the “Catch a Christmas Star” kits on sale. Oh be still my heart because that quilt means so much to me. I hate to see the “last” of any kits, but this one especially.

Catch a Christmas Star was one of the first large applique quilts I designed and while I was working on it I got a call that my mother was in the hospital. My son and I got on a plane as fast as we could and I grabbed all the fabric and drawings to bring with me to work on. It was not meant to be, because my mom was very sick and I was told she only had a few weeks or months left. My mother loved to see the things I made and to watch me sew so she insisted I try and work. I just couldn’t.

After she died, it was several months before I could work on this design. But when I did I just couldn’t stop. “Catch a Christmas Star” took on a life of it’s own. It filled me with joy, hope and love and every stitch was a pleasure to stitch! My mother would have loved this quilt. She always encouraged me when I colored my cows purple or did something different than other kids. She would have loved the slightly crooked tree on the bottom left. These snowmen are magical Christmas snowmen filled with happiness and love. The quilt is traveling this year so it won’t be home with me. It’s in France for the season. France! Can you imagine?

The inspiration for “Catch a Christmas Star” came from somewhere up above I’m sure. If you’d like to purchase a kit you can find it here on Jennifer’s site.

Hugs to you all!


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  • from little acorns - Hi Anne, My favorite block is the top photo you have in your post. . . I know you know why. . . & I just love that about quilts. . . they all have a story.
    Hugs. . . big ones. . . for you! xo, BrenReplyCancel

  • Winn Family - I just ordered this kit! It is beautiful, and I love that there is a sweet story to go with it. I love your work.


  • lovetostitch - Anne, how wonderful your quilt gets to spend the holidays in France!! LOL, wish I were too!! I will be hanging my “All Things Christmas” this year, and I just love it!!! This quilt is really nice too, thanks!!ReplyCancel

  • rachel griffith - what a story.

  • ~D Spack~ - Neat! I went right over to Jennifer’s. Wow, I really like that quilt, I wish I could afford it even on sale I would struggle, since I’m not working right now. I really love it, and have been wanting a Christmas quilt. Darn.ReplyCancel

  • Vicky - I have that pattern, fabric all pulled, and I’m rarin’ to go on it! It’s one of my favorites, and is even more special with your story. (Hugs)ReplyCancel

  • julia - Hi Anne,
    oh, what a story to this quilt… I understand why this one is so precious to you…in addition to the gorgeous design {those snowmen are simply irresistible}…despite all the sad feelings I believe it's a wonderful way to commemorate your mother…
    I especially love the block with the two snow(o)men together…I instantly think of being protected & be told that only the sky (the star) is the limit to one's dreams…
    Big hugs to you,
    your JuliaReplyCancel

  • Jilly in Idaho - Oh, I love this quilt! Of course I love a million things but this one with this story behind it is calling to me.
    I checked the kit out at Jennifer’s site but it is out of my budget, especially at this time of year. But what I can do is buy just the pattern at Bunny Hill and I’m sure I’ve got fabrics that will work great.

    When there’s a will there’s a way, and I “willy” want this one!

    oooo JillyReplyCancel

  • pdudgeon - ordered the pattern!
    i change my decorations in January to snowmen and colors in blue and white. this quilt will be wonderful in those tones as well.
    thanks for offering the pattern on your site and for telling us the story behind it.ReplyCancel

  • Carrie ~ Cricketwood Prims and Gardens - Anne,
    Thanks for sharing your special memories with us. I have always loved the whimsy and touching details of this quilt. Your mother sounds just like you! The two snowmen seem to be sharing something very special.
    Hugs, CarrieReplyCancel

  • Candace - Such a touching story Anne. I’m sure your quilt will be thinking of you while it’s traveling! Cheers!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon S - Anne,
    Isn't it wonderful to make a quilt & feel such a connection with someone you love? I made a quilt that,in the end , I felt like my mother was in every angel on the quilt. Thank you for the lovely story. I'll be blogging about my special quilt on the 15th, which would have been my mother's 75th birthday. Here's to unconditional love & women who inspire!ReplyCancel

  • Emi - Wonderful-blog, my congratulations, a lot of creativity here …
    From Costa Rica with affection.
    My blog is http://emiquilts.blogspot.comReplyCancel

  • Simply This and That - That quilt is adorable. I love the crooked tree. ;o) ooxx`jodReplyCancel

  • Library Gal Quilts - Dear Anne, This was just so touching…I am going to order this asap…because you are special and a very talented daughter. xo Pam in ChicoReplyCancel

  • Hannah - What beautiful quilt with a gorgeous story! Every block is so pretty. Thank you for sharing this with us.ReplyCancel

  • Miss Jean - What a sweet story!ReplyCancel