Seeing Stars: Modified Blocks

I caught up on the “curvy” blocks by not doing them curvy.

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See, I knew that there was little chance I could complete 28 applique blocks and there needed to be some connection in the quilt.

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So, (ta-dah!) I have started on these little blocks that mirror the center of the modified curvy blocks.

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Thanks to Melissa for the Seeing Stars Quiltalong.  Even though I have changed a few things, I have found it most inspiring.

Seeing Stars: (Non)Improv Blocks And Basic Blocks

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I wasn’t feeling very “improv” myself, I guess, but the Improv Blocks came out as Basic Blocks.  Maybe I should have varied the centers somehow?   But, at least they are done.

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And the Basic Blocks, too.

Nearly caught up and looking forward to next week’s final release of the Seeing Stars Quiltalong.

Seeing Stars Quiltalong: Three BIG Blocks

The first blocks of the Seeing Stars quilt-along came out this week:  24″ Double Star Block.  DSC01187

People will sometimes comment that they are surprised I can work with such small pieces.  Actually, the challenge this week was working with such LARGE pieces.  It has been a long time.  When working across long seams and big pieces things like direction of grain and  pinning become much more important.

Also, my thanks to Melissa for a great tip this week.  Check out her post and see how she pins pieces to help her flying geese be more precise.  It really makes a difference.

I am happy with the results so far and can hardly wait until Wednesday and the next challenge.

Seeing Stars Fabric

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.

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Now, just waiting until the first block is released next Monday.  You have time…want to join us?

Irish Stars Update: 181 of 361

Records indicate that I started my Irish Stars quilt about June 1, 2017.

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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.

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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?

Irish Stars Update: 130 Of 361

How is your Irish Stars quilt coming?  Mine is coming.  Slowly.  It is just going to take a long time.

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But, I have passed the 1/3 mark with 130 of 361 blocks complete.

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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.