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.