One of my goals for the year was to participate in a quilt-along. There have been several, but none really caught my eye. Until this one: Seeing Stars.
YAY! The year was going fast and I was starting to get worried. Instead, I happily reviewed my “someday” fabric and found just the thing. Particularly when combined with scraps and fabric from the color bins.
Now, just waiting until the first block is released next Monday. You have time…want to join us?
Records indicate that I started my Irish Stars quilt about June 1, 2017.
In just under a year there are 181 blocks complete of 361 total needed to make a queen size quilt out of 1-1/2″ base squares.
My goal is to finish the second half in the next year and have the entire quilt complete before I turn 52–October 2019. Realistic?
How is your Irish Stars quilt coming? Mine is coming. Slowly. It is just going to take a long time.
But, I have passed the 1/3 mark with 130 of 361 blocks complete.
Only about 1-1/2 more years and I should be finished. At least at the rate I am going. Everyday people think I am joking when I say something like that, but fellow quilters understand.
Many of you reported on your progress, and some sent pictures.
Neralie (a beautiful name) in Australia has already finished a small one! And she has another planned. It took my breath away to see one finished. Amazing!
Ruth has been cutting and cutting–two days worth. Her color scheme is so pretty!
Meloney is sewing blocks–she has 46 of 81 chain blocks complete. Her color scheme is very controlled and will be striking.
Randy’s also has controlled colors…and she has a very nice design wall.
Claire created this solids-only beauty at her Fall Retreat using 3-inch squares. It finished at 45″ x 45″.
And here is part of Mel’s–looking good on her design wall. Even with such a tight color scheme, it is anything but boring!
If I missed your picture, I’m sorry. Don’t be afraid to point it out and I will try again.
Now, back to sewing!
How is your Irish Stars quilt coming along?
Mine is…coming…slowly. But, I knew it would. One does not finish 361 blocks in a day, or even a week, or even a year. I am at 82 blocks, and loving every one of them. It is very satisfying to see my small stack grow larger.
Anyway, please feel free to comment below or to send pictures (weddingdressblue at gmail dot com). I will share all pictures received in a post early next week so we can continue to cheer each other on.
Remember: NOT A RACE. Just like-minded people sewing along together.
I look forward to hearing from you.
The Have A Jolly Little Christmas Quiltalong was my delight during the summer. I love Sew Fresh designs generally, and this was so much fun to create!
I left out some blocks, added a few, and generally rearranged things, and this is, at long last, my version.
The finished top is 78″ x 78″. As soon as it is quilted, it will go live at my parents’ house. Hopefully in time for Christmas this year. They support and enable my quilting ambitions. At this rate they will soon have TWO quilts for every bed…
It seems like a good time to check in and see how your Irish Stars blocks are coming along. If you are new or nearly new, don’t forget you can find all information about this Quilt Along HERE.
As you may have heard, I am making the queen size quilt using 1-1/2″ squares. I am not saying it is a good idea, but it is the idea I am using at the moment. It will take 365 blocks total. If my calculations are correct, that is 9749 pieces.
It seems overwhelming, but I am already 63 blocks in…not too bad.
Right now they are just a pile of pieces, but I can glimpse the beautiful quilt they will become.
So, how about you? How is yours coming? Remember this is not a race or a contest. We are each traveling our own road with our own destination. And, with encouragement and persistence, we will get there.