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. 

20 comments:

  1. What a sweet little quilt. I like the way the center block chains out to the others. I may have to flatter (copy) this quilt. : )
    Your star quilt is going to be a stunner. That is quite an undertaking to do it all by hand. Slow and steady... : )

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  2. Lovely quilt, it's so effective with those cornerstone blocks. I love your stars, really beautiful!

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  3. Ooh I love what you're working on with those stars!!!

    Sweet little quilt of nine patch! Classic.

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  4. Wow, I love this cute quilt. Nine patches are so versatile and a favorite of mine.

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  5. I have always loved that nine-patch quilt. I made a repro of it too!

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  6. Adorable little quilt and I love your stars! The fabrics are great.

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  7. OOOh your little repro quilt is soo cute! Love that green.
    Your nine patch with stars is wonderful too - fun!

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  8. That was a great link, thankyou. Your stars are fabulous, and isnt "poison green" a great name.

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  9. I'm in this great group of sewers and the stars are wonderful. This years block a day is Delectable Mountain. I have not sewn either but it's lovely to watch their collection of blocks grow.

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  10. Your little quilt is very sweet! Love Karen Styles blog--very inspiring.:)

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  11. just love your stars, trying to find the courage to get myself started, but so many unfinished projects keep me from doing so...

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  12. Im loving your little quilt, I can't get enough of those colors either. I remember your stars, they look fabulous set together.

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  13. Your little quilt is too cute for words. Those colours keep calling me as well. Karen does have a great blog and I'm very tempted to start the delectable mountains this year. I love the stars its a great opportunity for fussy cutting fun fun.

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  14. I love your little quilt! I'm a nut for poison green too.

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  15. Your hand pieced stars are a great beginning to a spectacular quilt. It's a doable plan. We'll all be eager to watch your progress.

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  16. What a great little 9 patch - I love the center, and that green is perfect. You have a great start on your stars - more great fabric choices and I love the setting fabric too.

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  17. Thanks for the link to the blog. I have never visited it before. I found the star a day idea very interesting. Would love to have a quilt like that. Finding time to do one a day with all the applique I do might be a stretch.

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  18. Thanks for mentioning Karen's blog, it's wonderful! The quilts are just beautiful. I love your Lemoyne Stars, and am very tempted to start some of my own.

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  19. A star a day is a big commitment. I like the collection you have started!
    Your newest little quilt is so sweet- the colors instantly age it!!

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