Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Little repro and more of the stars

A finish!  When I was last at Temecula Quilt Company I saw a little quilt made mostly from Andover Fabrics' IQSC Square in Square line of fabrics.  It is a reproduction of a little quilt that can be found in Sandy Fox's Small Endearments book.  It was the perfect size for a (relatively) quick project and, lately, I cannot get enough of poison greens, chrome yellows and Turkey reds.  So, this is my version - very much like Sheryl's - and I love it.  You can't really see the quilting on the front but it is hand quilted in a small Baptist Fan by Bellwether Dry Goods.  I'll try to remember to take a picture of the back so you can see the great quilting on it.  I always make sure to use a plain muslin backing fabric when hand quilting so the work doesn't disappear completely.

I stumbled upon Karen Styles' blog recently and boy am I glad I did!  She is the owner of Somerset Patchwork and Quilting (it's in Australia) and she had a group of ladies who made one Lemoyne star a day for the last year.  The big unveiling was on January 4 and the resulting quilt tops are stunning!  I've wanted to start another star quilt where I use the same background fabric for the stars as well as the setting squares.  BUT, I am very far into my original idea with the varied backgrounds and the brown setting squares.  After drooling over Karen's pictures for days, I realized that it's the scrappy stars that "star" in these quilts so I am happy with what I started and happily back to work on it.  

When I started my own project (back in July 2010) my goal was a star a day.  Well, you know where that road of good intentions leads...  I do have a decent stack of stars ready for some assembly so this weekend I hand pieced some of stars into nine patch blocks.  Sewing such long seams by hand took a little getting used to but I think I've got it now.  These few blocks I am finishing put a dent in my stack of stars so I am also piecing more stars; I've actually completed a star a day for the last few days but that won't last.  Enough about stars for today. 

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