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.

Checking In: Irish Stars

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.

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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.

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It seems overwhelming, but I am already 63 blocks in…not too bad.

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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.

 

A New Leader-Ender

Since finishing the Sweet Sixteen top, I have been contemplating my next leader-ender idea. To qualify (for me) it needs to use small squares (mostly), use a lot of pieces, and be mostly repetitive.

Well, I believe I have found the idea.  I call it Irish Stars.

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It is a triple Irish chain alternating with a sort of floating star block.  You can’t see the pattern very well yet, but with a few more blocks the “chain” effect should show up more strongly.

Maybe I have found two ideas.  Is anyone interested in leader-ender-ing along with me?  I don’t mean a specific number of blocks in a specific period of time.  For some of you it might be your first leader-ender.  Some will make many blocks and a large quilt.  Some will make smaller blocks.  We could do it using either 1-1/2″, 2″, or 2-1/2″ squares.

Mine uses 1-1/2″ squares, but I might not be right in the head.

Anyway, think about it, let me know, and maybe we’ll start officially sometime next week or so.  I’ll need to write block tutorials and such and you’ll need to start gathering (and maybe cutting) scraps.

What do you think?

Only One Partridge, Just Like The Song

The Jolly Little Christmas quiltalong is coming along nicely–but I must admit that I am glad there is only one partridge in this pear tree.  The smallest piece cuts at 3/4″ x 3/4″.  I like small pieces as much as the next person, but that is really small.

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It does make a perfect eye, though.  And my partridge is in that tree. And I am feeling quite successful.  And the alternate blocks are finished–all 13 of them.

Spring Break has afforded a lot more sewing time, and it has been put to good use.  Back to school on Monday…but that is days from now….

 

Jolly Christmas Quilt-along Update

You may have noticed the sidebar button for the Have A Jolly Little Christmas quilt along sponsored by Sew Fresh Quilts.  Click on it!  The blocks are great! (Even though these pictures aren’t.  I think my camera has been dropped one too many times, or something.)

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I have made three blocks so far–one stockings and two mittens.

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All of these pieces are for the Christmas bow block.

Yes, these blocks are not for the faint of heart, but they are not impossible.  Just read carefully, cut carefully and watch seam allowances.  I am planning a different sort of layout and will keep you posted as it develops.  The finished quilt will probably be a present for my parents.   They are really patient with my constant gifts of quilts.

Circa 2016

This is perhaps the happiest quilt I have ever created.  Thanks to the fine folks at Temecula Quilt Company for hosting this quiltalong.  (You can still get the pattern for a very reasonable price).

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The pace was challenging, 2-3 blocks a week, but they are so tiny and charming that it never felt like a chore.  Friday morning quickly became a favorite part of the week when I would get the new blocks and know I had a fun, small project for the weekend.

Scraps, of course.  Lots of small, bright and cheery scraps.

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And together they became a bright and cheery throw–about 50″ x 57″.

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The top will head off to the quilters soon, and I’ll share the finish when it is ready.

 

Squaring Up

1/16″ doesn’t really matter on a 10″ block.  You can probably ease that in and no one will be the wiser.  Not so when the blocks are 2″.

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I am nearing assembly of my Circa 2016 quilt. The outer pieced border calls for 120 2″ HST blocks.  Yep, that is a lot of little pieces.  When you are creating in size small, precision is critical and squaring up is necessary.

Hopefully all this will be a top within the next week.

ps–For some reason the link will not load.  If you are interested in the pattern, go HERE: http://temeculaquiltco.blogspot.com/search/label/Circa%202016