Exciting Announcement: QUILTALONG!

Earlier this year, Katy shared a picture of this wonderful quilt.

I thought it was a great idea! A few weeks ago I cut out pieces to make a similar quilt. Katy and I got to talking and decided it was just too much fun to keep to ourselves, so we are inviting you to join us and build a Two And Four quilt of your very own.

I am building a version similar to the one above (based on 2-1/2″ squares and strips) and Katy will share directions for making a very similar quilt, but using larger (and therefore, fewer) pieces. 

You will have 1-2 weeks to complete each step before we move onto the next. This will run at a fairly leisurely pace. We plan to have tops finished and ready to share via a linky party by mid October. 

Your first assignment is to gather your scraps! You will need half light and half dark. Any color you would like! I’m using red, cream, and blue. Cutting directions will be posted August 24.

I hope you will join us for this Two And Four QAL. It’s a great way to clear out those scrap buckets!

Star Kissed 1-1/4″ Finished

The first quilt top created was the last one finished. That happens sometimes. But I am pleased with the outcome and look forward to sharing a round up of all of them (four sizes).

If you have a Star Kissed top/quilt you would like included, let me know. I would love to see how you finished yours.

The pieces in this one are SO TINY! It makes my heart happy.

For now it is staying here with the other three. I have some notion about doing a presentation of some kind on scale and setting options in quilts…I don’t know how that would work, really. But it might be fun.

In the meantime, I have a lovely throw to enjoy.

May FNSI Report

I would really like a marathon Friday Night Sew In, but even with only one or two hours Friday night and a little on Saturday morning, things do get done.

Some cutting and stitching on my version of North Star State Quilt.

And the binding finished on a small donation quilt. The top is made from a charm pack that came in a hand-me-down bag a while back.

Looking forward to June already.

Star Kissed 2″ Version

It is amazing what a difference scale and setting options can make.

Here is the latest size version of the Star Kissed Quilt: 2″. The top finishes at 75″ square.

Here are all 4 together: 1-1/4″, 1-1/2″, 2″, and 2-1/2″.

There are certainly more ways to set and finish them, but hopefully you find these options inspiring.

It is SO much fun to play with tiny squares, and there are SO many ways to use them.

Mystery Quilt Complete

I am so glad Susan told me about the Days Filled With Joy Mystery Quiltalong.

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And I am even more glad that the quilt is now finished.

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It is an allover quilting panto called Pipeline.

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Taking these pictures just as the sun topped the mountain in the morning had the unexpected side effect of making the quilting pop.  Who knew?

Mystery Top Finish

Days Filled With Joy understands her job.  If you are in a funk, there is nothing like a good mystery to get your mojo going in a positive direction.

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I don’t know that I was really in a funk, but any excuse for a good scrappy quilt, right?!

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I am so pleased with how this turned out.  As I chose to add sashing between the blocks I ran out of the original background piece and had to (after looking at FOUR different stores) do the outer border from something different.  Indoor light and quilting will hopefully minimize the differences.

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Thank you, Joy, for a fun quiltalong.  I have really enjoyed myself.

Quick Quiltalong

Susan introduced me to Joy, of Days Filled With Joy, who is currently hosting a quiltalong.

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Yesterday I did steps 1 and 2.  Today 3 and 4.  I am not sure when the next one is coming, but if you already have 2-1/2″ squares, or can easily cut some, you might want to consider joining.

No, I don’t know what it will look like; it’s a mystery (ooo…oooo…spooky music).

No, I don’t know how big it will be; it’s a mystery (ooo…oooo…spooky music).

But, won’t it be fun to find out!

Another Star Kissed Quilt: 1-1/2″ Squares

Here is a second finishing idea for Star Kissed blocks.  This little quilt is blocks that are based on 1-1/2″ squares, but I can easily see it in any block size and as a large bed quilt.

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The sashing is the same width as the blocks and laid out in a scrappy-happy way.

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The quilting is a panto called Cotton Candy.

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The binding was a quandry; I almost went with white for the first time in my life, but found this polka dot in stash and it seemed to work.

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How are your Star Kissed blocks coming?  I am getting back to work on my 2″ based blocks this week.  I plan on doing a larger quilt out of them, with an additional setting idea for your consideration.  Sew On!