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February 6, 2019
Next quilt in line from The Academic Quilter

Hi everyone! It was 67 degrees today.  I think I have whiplash! Not to worry, though, because I understand it's going to be plenty cold again soon enough.

Since I finished off one of my piecing UFOs this past week (pictures to come Friday), I pulled another one out of the closet to finish it off.  If I keep doing this, eventually I'll get to the end of the UFOs, right? Here are the blocks I've pulled out:


These are the patchwork scrap stars that I made as part of last year's rainbow scrap challenge.  Somehow ...

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February 1, 2019
All Stars Quilt from The Cutting Table Quilt Blog - A Blog for Quilters by Quilters

All Stars Quilt

There’s a pretty big football game this week. Best of the season, they say. And while I do enjoy a touchdown or two, those yards of turf just can’t compare to a yard of brand new quilting fabric! So while those football stars are racing to the endzone, I’ll be stitchin’ up a team of my own all stars!

All Stars Quilt

The All Stars quilt is based on a design by Jenny’s cute husband, Ron. It’s a quick, modern pattern that makes use of two of our favorite precuts: 10 inch squares and 2.5 inch strips.

All Stars Quilt

Watch the Latest Tutorial from Missouri Star Quilt Co!

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January 25, 2019
Simply Color Star Lap Quilt | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished {or Not!} Friday where you can share what you're working on and see what others have been making!

Another 2018 Finish - a Simply Color Star Lap Quilt made from half-square triangle blocks leftover from this quilt.  


The backing is pieced with prints from the collection with an aqua strip down both sides of the floral print.





Quilt Stats:
Pattern:  Washington Star {my design}
Fabric:  Simply Color by V and Co
Size:  59" square
Batting:  Hobbs Heirloom cotton/wool blend
Quilting:  Canna on Gratitude in white thread

This quilt is for sale in my quilt shop!

Did ...

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January 16, 2019
Getaway Blog Hop with Island Batik from Clever Chameleon

Cat on a Wall quilt by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Paisley Park meets Cat on a Wall

Welcome to my stop on the Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop. This is my last project as a 2018 Island Batik Ambassador, and accordingly, a biggie.

Back in July I received a “Surprise” package. Inside were glorious Paisley Park fabrics that had to be kept secret for the longest time! But today I can show and tell all. My instructions were to use as many of the different fabrics as I could to create a quilt of at least lap size. And if I wished, to incorporate themes of travel and destinations.

Paisley Park fabrics by Island Batik.
Paisley ...

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January 4, 2019
Moda Love Layer Cake Lap Quilt in Birch Farm | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished {or Not!} Friday where you can share what you're working on and see what others have been making!

My Finish is a Birch Farm layer cake lap quilt!  This fabric has been in the stash for a long time, last used two years ago to make a Triple Barn Star lap quilt.


The coordinating backing is one of my favorite prints from the collection.  See those cute owls?  I used the owl fabric as the binding to create a frame of pop.


The pattern calls for layer cake squares, but I had only scraps to use ...

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December 29, 2018
Fancy Little Mug Rugs from Solid Stars from Amy Made That

Hello, Friends!
I have a fun little gift project to share today!



I made three little mug rugs, using
some 6 1/2" star blocks that I made
a short long time ago. 

{Ahem...time flies.}

You can read more about the Moda Sweetwater solid bundle
of fabrics that I used, in this post.




I had such fun stitching up these solid blocks!
I used one of them on the back of a little table runner,


Hmmm...solid blocks do tend to show "mistakes", 
don't they?
I'm pretty sure I've ...

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December 24, 2018
Merry Christmas! from Stof genoeg

  I’m wishing you a very Merry Christmas, or other Happy Holidays, and all the best for 2019! I have not done much blogging, EQ-ing or quilting in 2018, but I felt I had to at least put up a … Continue reading

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December 7, 2018
Island Batik Wonky Star Twin Quilt | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished {or Not!} Friday where you can share what you're working on and see what others have been making!

My Finish is a twin size wonky star quilt in beautiful batiks!  Island Batik Ambassadors are given monthly challenges for projects to create with batik fabrics, and December's challenge is whimsical or wonky.  I settled on wonky stars because I had the perfect 10" square stack and some coordinating yardage for the star centers, border and binding.


While wonky stars may look easy peasy, free from rules, I found that was not the case.  I had to ...

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October 16, 2018
Stars... everywhere from Espritpatch

The Seeing Stars sew-along is nearly, very nearly finished and I am still quite some way behind... so I have been very busy sewing stars and more stars in the last few days, in an attempt to catch up (dream!) and not let the top fall in the UFO black hole (reality? let's hope not!). I still have a few hours.. and frankly who needs sleep? (well.... me I think!)

Anyway for now, I have finished all 11 of the classic stars






The next group of stars were the "improv" stars and this is not a favorite for me ...

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October 1, 2018
Starstruck Pillow from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik and Aurifil.

This month's Island Batik theme was Starstruck. We were tasked with creating anything featuring stars.

I opted to use my Victoria and Albert 10" stack to create simple, large scale sawtooth stars. This fabric collection is a lovely floral collection with a great variety of values. I split my 20 fabrics into lights and darks and pieced ten large blocks.

Nine of my blocks went into a lap size quilt top and the tenth block was quilted into a finished pillow.

Here's a ...

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September 26, 2018
Stars from Espritpatch

Slowly very slowly, I am catching up with my stars for the Seeing Stars sew-along. I have made the 4 pinwheel stars from week 3. I cut the fabric out at the begining of the month and it took me until the last weekend to finally finish sewing them together




 And here are the 4 together!
I have also cut all my fabric for the curved stars from week 2.
Now to see how long it takes to sew them. Hopefully I can finish those before the end of the month. The quilt along finishes on 17th October. I wonder ...

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September 22, 2018
Seeing StarsIsland Batik Ambassador September challenge has me... from Living Water Quilter



Seeing Stars

Island Batik Ambassador September challenge has me star struck!  LOL

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The blues of Alpine Ice and yellows of Dear William collections(provided by Island Batik) are featured in the mini star quilt.

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Piecing perfect star was easy with Quilt In A Day’s Triangle in a Square .

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The mini star quilt is perfect for featuring my new ruler quilting design.  I like seeing a design in different setting. Above, the same design is on a wholecloth quilt and my new star panel, Starburst.

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Here are before and after photos of the design in the star mini quilt. The ...

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September 21, 2018
Sunnyside - A New Quilt Pattern! | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party! from Busy Hands Quilts

Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My Finish is a new quilt pattern!  Meet Sunnyside, an interlocking star design that includes 6 sizes from Baby to King and is Fat Quarter friendly!  This is the Large Lap size.



Selecting fabrics for Sunnyside is simple!  Choose two colors that play well together.  They could be a light and dark in the same hue, or two colors in the same value (as this quilt is), or they could be two colors in different values.  Then pick a background color to make the stars ...

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September 11, 2018
Step 1 of the Sew your Stash Along from Butterfly Threads


If you are following along with the Sew Along that I announced last week HERE. You will notice that it is called the "SEW YOUR STASH ALONG" and is meant to help you use up your stash. I had a birthday recently and I decided to buy the new Christmas fabric bundle from Fig Tree. And while I was at it, I picked up 2.5 yards of the cream with green print for the background and .5 yards of the tiny red check for the binding.

Okay, I know what you're thinking. But aren't we supposed to ...

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August 17, 2018
Seeing Stars Quilt-Along - Double Stars blocks from Espritpatch

This week is the first installment of Melissa's lovely quilt along and we are making BIG stars. I picked my fabric last week and after seeing a few sketches on Melissa's blog, I decided to completely change my mind! So here we are with a dark/black background and random fabric from my stash....
3 massive stars in a star at 24', quite a stark contrast after the 365 blocks at 3' finish


And with those 3 blocks, I have now 13 for August!
Linking to Seeing Stars Quilt Along


Celine


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August 3, 2018
Stars on Strings--An Original Design from TheEclecticAbuela

This quilt began on graph paper. I have an EQ program, but I was defeated by triangles!

Stars on Strings--66" x 88"





I tried this more than once. My first experiment was to use regular, brightly-colored strings.


As you can see, the red stars are lost amidst the chaos!



I went to neutral strings which worked better to show off the stars.

Please forgive the camera strap in the corner!

 I stayed with this idea, though, for me, it was hard--I always want MORE COLOR!



The making wasn't too hard, though 60 degree triangles can be tricky to assemble ...

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July 3, 2018
Festive Magic: "Sparkler" Fabric Collection from Art Gallery Fabrics-The Creative Blog

Growing up in Florida always made the holiday season a very unique one! Unlike most parts of the world where December is a cold and snow-filled month, Florida's climate is usually hot, sticky and humid. I grew accustom to decorating tropical palm trees with Christmas lights and not being able to wear a "Christmas sweater" without sweating, hah! It wasn't until this past winter, I was able to experience my first "White Christmas!" My husband, his family and myself flew north to Canada to go skiing right outside Quebec City. Being in the snow really puts you into ...

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June 8, 2018
Simple Patriotic Stars Quilt from A Quilting Life

simple patriotic stars quilt

Hello and happy Friday!  I hope your weekend is off to a terrific beginning!  Today I’m sharing a fun and simple patriotic stars quilt my daughter Chelsi made!  She used a mix of our fabrics in reds, creams and blues and also wrote a simple tutorial for it.  I’ve also got some blog updates and sale information at the end of this post  you won’t want to miss.

I believe this bundle of fabrics from our Creekside collection was the inspiration for Chelsi’s quilt. It’s such a great group of fabrics!  I’m feeling like ...

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June 3, 2018
Mini-Quilt Challenge: Connecting With Hard-to-Love Colors from Gefilte Quilt

A personal question: How do you feel about this color scheme?

It's the palette for Curated Quilts magazine's "Connections" new mini-quilt challenge (There's still time for you to enter - photos due June 15, challenge rules here!) 

My first reaction was "ugh!"  They're calling that color in the upper right, in the picture above, "mustard." And the middle bottom is named "moss green." But it struck me how similar they are to the colors of my late unlamented 1960s childhood kitchen, avocado green and harvest gold, which themselves are euphemisms for "overripe avocados" and, I am sorry ...

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May 23, 2018
Wish Upon a Star Blog Hop from Stitchin at Home

Welcome to my stop on the Wish Upon A Star blog hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.
Star Blocks are one of my favourite blocks. Carol has 44 people participating in this hop so sit back and enjoy some star studded blog reading. Thank you Carol for organizing this hop! A complete list of those participating can be found at the end of this post.
My project is a scrappy star block. As this is a scrappy project I will be giving the measurements of the pieces needed to make it and not an overall fabric amount ...

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