Monday, January 26, 2015

Design Wall Monday

There has not been a whole lot of sewing this week. The furnace is not working properly, so it is very cold in most of the house, including my sewing/dining room. Fortunately we have a gas fireplace in the den/kitchen, so we are staying warm. (Not that it is cold, for we have balmy temps in the 50's, and the house is holding a temp of 61-63 degrees without the furnace.)

I sewed with a church group on Sunday afternoon, and I was able to get ten stars done for the week. Here are four Laurel Burch stars. I do like her artistic style but have limited myself to Christmas prints only.
That makes 40 stars made, 32 more to go. Hope we get a new furnace soon so I can keep progressing!
And a fabric purchase: Two fat quarters in pink and grey, purchased to go with other pink and grey fabric that I won two years ago. Total cost $2.13.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Design Wall Monday

More Christmas Stars!
I made another nine blocks this week to make a total of 31 so far.
I have enough fabric cut for another 41 stars; I need 72 to complete the quilt I have planned.

This is the layout of my original idea. The stars are 8" finished, alternating with a plain white block. I have not thought about borders yet.
Then I arranged the stars without the plain block, just to see how it would look.
Of course, this would drastically reduce the size of the quilt, and each star seems to lose its personality! Still, there is much less white space to quilt this way.

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Friday, January 16, 2015

A Flimsy Finish

The sampler blocks I made from the 2013 Virtual Quilting Bee:
I surrounded 12 of the blocks with a dotted stripe: 
I had two possible fabrics for the sashing:
Though I liked the first one best, I felt it was a little too harsh on the eyes, especially since this quilt will be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. I went with the second option.
Here is the finished top!

Yes, I do believe I made the right choice.
I used three extra blocks on the backing:
I worked hard to try keep the vertical lines lined up!

There is one lonely leftover block that will find a home someday...
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