FREE "Shooting Star" Quilt Pattern by Moose on the Porch Quilts

 
Scraps of flannel plaids and stripes were used to make the 12 off-center log cabin blocks that finish at 3 3/4". The finished quilt size is 19" x 23", just right for a doll quilt or table topper.
 
 
 
  
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Quilt Pattern Designer:  Carol Hopkins

 

I started my pattern company, Carol Hopkins Designs, in 1999 with the pattern “Little Nieces” that was based on quilts I made for the American Girl dolls my 5 nieces received for Christmas. All of the patterns in my two pattern lines—Civil War Legacies and Vintage Legacies—focus on pieced quilts using 18th and 19th century reproduction fabrics.



Question and Answer with Carol Hopkins

 

FreeQuiltPatterns:

What got you started quilting?
 

Carol:

A friend invited me to take a quilting class with her about 30 years ago. Back then, there were no rotary cutters or quick piecing techniques. We hand-pieced
most blocks in our sampler quilts using templates that we made ourselves and hand quilted everything because there was no such thing as long-arm machine quilting.
 

FreeQuiltPatterns: 

What is your favorite pattern that you have designed?
 

Carol: 

 
Baskets for Betsy is my favorite, but Gettysburg Sun, Tomorrow Scarlett, Tribute to Judie, and Remembrances are close runners up.
 

FreeQuiltPatterns:  

What do you enjoy doing when you aren’t quilting?
 

Carol: 

I love spending time with my family. Also, I have a great full-time job as a college professor at Purdue University where I teach prospective elementary teachers how to help children who experience difficulty learning to read and write. I’m also an avid reader and really enjoy “legal thrillers.”
 

FreeQuiltPatterns:

What is your favorite quilt related memory?
 

Carol:  

Being complimented on my quilts by Judie Rothermel, my quilting idol.
 

FreeQuiltPatterns: 

Tell us a little about your family.
 

Carol:

I have a wonderful husband, three grown children (two sons and a daughter), a son-in law, and grandtwins—Allie and Alik—who are almost 5 years old. They have
inspired the names of some of my quilt patterns—Edward’s Quest, Timothy’s Song, Emily’s Memories, Michael’s Victory, Small Joys, Allie Beane, and Mo’s Suspenders.