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

 

 

How Did You Celebrate?

Today, March 19, is Worldwide Quilting Day.  I hope you were able to celebrate in a very quilty way.

The weather was lovely and I had errands and chores, but on a beautiful spring day, who minds that?

While running errands I went to pick up some scraps that I had been offered.  Jackpot!  I didn’t want all the fabric in the two large bags and one box, but there was some that just suited me.

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Part of it was a pile of 30’s reproduction fabrics.  How perfect!  I was wanting to join in the Splendid Sampler series, but hadn’t felt inspired on fabric selection.  This is just what I needed.  So, part of my celebration today was starting a new project.  I plan to make two of each block that interests me.  I do not feel compelled to make all of the blocks, but by making two of the ones I do like, I am sure to end up with enough blocks for a fair sized quilt at the end.  It will be fun to find out.

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About 2 weeks ago I started a baby quilt for a fellow teacher and his wife.  Crayons!  All six crayons are created now and I am assembling the top.  That is worth celebrating! (No pattern, but there are similar ideas out there–just do a search for “crayon quilt.”)

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Friday is quickly becoming my favorite day of the week because that is when the new blocks for Circa 2016 are released by Temecula Quilt Company.  Had to work on those, too.

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And, finally, a new leader-ender quilt since I have finished all my Hundred Patch blocks.  I call it Sweet Sixteen.  I don’t know how large this one will be either.  Probably until I am tired of it.  It is based on 2-inch squares and would require 125 blocks for a queen size finished.

So, I have celebrated in style!  Thanks for sharing in the joy of quilting with me.