Greetings! November is the month of Thanksgiving and gratitude. So, with only a few weeks left in the “Stars in a Time Warp” sew along, I would like to take a moment to thank Barbara Brackman for doing this! I “succumbed” to the sew-along at the beginning of March about 6 weeks into it after seeing some of the fun stars on her blog. Shortly after jumping in, I created a list of blog favorites of other bloggers who were doing the sew along and have been following them and enjoying their stars throughout the year. I’ve had so much fun and have learned so much about reproduction fabrics. Combing through my fabric collection for just the right combinations for each week’s stars has been very satisfying. The sewing process, as always, has been relaxing for me and counters my work stresses. I completed a star doll quilt, am hand quilting a star crib quilt, and am now thinking about finishing the last stars for a large king size quilt – none of this anticipated back in January! I love all three quilts! Thank you, Barbara for enticing me down this path!!!!!
The doll quilt:
The crib quilt (Stella Nova), partially hand quilted:
And some of the future king size quilt, We Are Stardust, on the design wall:
In my last post I mentioned that I figured out that I would need 21 more stars to make this large quilt. I’ve made 10 more! This week stars were to feature “storm and cloud” patterns. The “storms” consist of motifs that look like they are being blown by the wind; the cloud motifs sometimes look like what we often think of as a “clamshell” design. I looked through stars I’ve already made and came up with 3 that had “storms”:
Look at the background fabrics in these – they are a good example (click on any picture to enlarge it):
The third one with the storm motif used the fabric only in 4 of the 8 star points (pink) so I decided to make a second one using the fabric in the background:
I made a second new star featuring the “cloud” motif as the background and another fabric with a “storm” motif as the star points:
Here are the other new stars. I just had fun picking fabrics I have that I like but hadn’t been able to use yet:
I just love the background in the above star! I’d love to use this fabric for the border as it has the look of a night sky, but i have only 2 fat quarters of it. Dear readers, if anyone out there knows where I can get 3-4 more yards of this, please let me know!
And I finished the seventh Sweet Journeys block:
This is the time of year that I often set aside my own projects as I try to make as many holiday gifts as I can. I spent some time today thinking about what to make for friends and colleagues and have some ideas. This probably means I won’t make much progress on my own quilts, but we’ll see. I’m hoping to continue with the rest of the stars and maybe some more hand quilting on Stella Nova, but likely won’t get to the next Sweet Journeys block for a while. It’s all good!!!
I’m going to save the pictures of the last several quilts from the Cocheco Show for my next post so stay tuned!
Be grateful and cherish each day! Gladi