The first blocks of the Seeing Stars quilt-along came out this week: 24″ Double Star Block.
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.
On my list of Someday Projects is this small pile of bee-themed scraps. Cute!
I think they might be a baby quilt or table topper…pattern/idea searching at the moment.
Hopefully I’ll be starting work on them soon.
Blocks for the Bear Scraps quilt are complete.
Assembly and borders to do. I am pushing hard because I have some time on the longarm machine tomorrow and this would be perfect!
Ah, Spring Break–it gives so much more sewing time!
Seeing quilts makes me happy…that is why I share tutorials and ideas here in the first place.
And many of my readers very kindly share their creations to add to the quilting happiness in the world.
Patricia made this Twinkle Baby quilt for her grandson.
Maryann created a Hundred Patch way back in 2014, but I didn’t post the picture correctly. Here it is at long last for your viewing pleasure.
Here’s another Hundred Patch, this one created by Karen. I never get tired of seeing them.
Susan has finished her Desert (Calico) Rose quilt. Including the binding that never seems to end. I love it!
Karen made a LARGE (King Size) version of Film at Five.
Paula has been handing out hugs by the hundreds–TWO Hundred Hugs quilts. So happy!
Carol made a K-Quilt. She said she gets lots of compliments on it and I believe her!
Tutorials for all of these quilts can be found in the TUTORIALS tab above. Have fun! Keep quilting! Share more pictures!
Currently I have two projects in progress that have alternating blocks.
First is the Sew Splendid Sampler quilt. I stitched along, sort of. Mostly I just did the pieced blocks, but I also added a few ideas of my own. I knew I wanted a quilt at least throw size and the only way seemed to be to use alternating blocks. So, the block I shared recently is my alternating idea. This is how it looks laid out with the pieced blocks.
The whole thing is a little different for me. I found myself with an abundance of 1930s reproduction fabrics and thought to use them on this quilt since it was all an experiment. I don’t hate it, but I am not as confident in this range.
Next is the Jolly Christmas Quiltalong. Again, I have mostly stitched along, but also added some outside blocks. Again, I want a larger quilt, so I used her Poinsettia Block, slightly modified, as an alternating motif. I plan to use sashing (color not determined) and gold cornerstones to extend the Irish chain effect.
I like this one more, but I am concerned that the alternating blocks are taking center stage because of their bold design.
So many of my finishes lately have been quilts I wasn’t quite sure of. That isn’t a bad thing, though. Hopefully it means I am still learning and growing as a quilter. If you never try something that makes you at least a little uncomfortable, you aren’t going anywhere new.
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.
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….
In looking back through my records, it appears I started this quilt sometime in early-to-mid 2011. I have no pictures of the first iteration. It was ugly. The second idea came from Kim Brackett’s Scrap Basket Sensations book. I really liked the design, but it was still ugly. Maybe not ugly to other people, but ugly to me. How could I finish an ugly quilt?
Well, I couldn’t finish an ugly quilt, but this isn’t an ugly quilt any more.
Bright colors helped.
The perfect back helped. The quilting helped.
It’s all good and it’s all done.
ps–I am sorry to say that I cannot tell you what that perfect backing fabric is. It came in a hand-me-down box and I loved it when I first saw it, but wondered how I would ever use it. Then this quilt happened. Some things are just meant to be, I guess.