Sunday, October 14, 2018

"The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day."

This is a quote by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. However, this is a Star quilt by me.

But, of course, there would be no Star quilt, if it wasn't for The Super-talented Melissa Corry. There were quite a few participants in Melissa's Seeing Stars Quilt Along. Check them out for some awesome eye candy!

I really liked this pattern and it is unique because there are many different blocks. We sewed each type of star block in one week. I'll admit that, a few times, I almost did not get the blocks completed on time. However, I kept pressing on, and now I have a finished quilt that I can use.

I quilted mine in a cross-hatch on the diagonal. I think it turned out fine and "nice and crinkly-soft".  For the back, I used a wavy line of stars.

My husband and I will be enjoying this newly-completed quilt this Winter.
Thanks so much, Melissa, for this awesome Quilt Along. And thanks to all of the quilt along participants for your quilting encouragement.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Starry Quilt Top

Finished my quilt top for the Seeing Stars Quilt Along.

Now for the quilting. I plan on quilting this with a Crosshatch on the diagonal. With a larger quilt like this, that's pretty much what I can do. It gets kind of aggravating trying to maneuver the quilt through my Brother machine. I have to spread it out over a good many evenings. This is a nice size quilt that I will be able to use it on my camper bed. We are going on a short trip at the end of October so, hopefully, I will have it done by then.

Linking this finish to Happy Quilting Melissa

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Linen and Pieced Potholders

I sewed these potholders as a pattern tester for Sara at Radiant Home Studio. I have not had one of the Double-pocket potholders before so it's good to have both of these for my kitchen. Actually, I needed some new potholders. I used Essex linen for the back of the Double-pocket potholder, plus beneath the pieced section, of the Square potholder. 

The pattern was very good and it also included a Mitt; however, I ran out of time to sew the Mitt. I do like how they turned out and may sew a few more to use on my camper. 

Monday, September 24, 2018

Red and Blue Applique Stars

I finished my Applique Stars for The Seeing Stars Quilt Along. I'm really not a big fan of applique and really hardly ever do it. But I do think they will add something to the completed quilt top, especially since there are so many. 

I used the "starch method" and just kept on ironing starch onto my fabrics while watching tv. Then cutting out the star wasn't too bad. I was finishing that up at around 10:30 at night and my husband wondered what was wrong with me. Because I normally am in bed earlier than that on a work night. When I started sewing the stars onto the background squares, I was going too slow and thought I would never get done. So I sped up my sewing machine and then got them completed pretty fast. 

So that is it for the blocks. Below is a photo of all of my blocks stacked up. A nice, quilty, little pile.