Lone Star Party {a finished quilt top}

I am amazed by how quickly time flies – I have so many projects I’ve worked on this year and never shared, simply because I get swept away by life.  Please tell me I’m not alone in this!

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A little more than six months ago I had a fun opportunity to give a demonstration on making a lone star quilt block and it ended up being the perfect opportunity to bring to life an idea I’ve had floating around for a long time.

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I love this traditional block, and love seeing photos of vintage and traditional lone star quilts, but I also enjoy finding ways to use traditional blocks in new, modern ways.

Meet my Lone Star Party:

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This quilt top is made up of lone star blocks in eight different sizes.  I wanted to break the star out of its traditional setting, and so I used size, fabrics, and overall composition to accomplish it.  I also wanted to demonstrate that the lone star is a more versatile block than we might suppose.

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I pieced the quilt top in an improv fashion, and used the Firefly print from Bonnie Christine’s Hello Bear collection for the background.  I felt that it would compensate for the many seams in the quilt and also continue the visual concept of a sky full of stars.  Most of the fabrics used in the stars are from various Cotton + Steel collections, and I really enjoyed playing with various color combinations.

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I am so excited and happy about this quilt!  It makes me smile.  After all these months, I finally had it quilted and I’m hoping to bind it right away.  Can’t wait to show you more!

 

Fabric Pull-out Boxes

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I love fabric.  I love quilting.  I haven’t ventured much into sewing other items, but last year for Christmas I decided to undertake the making of a bunch of fabric pull-out boxes.  They were fun gifts to make and I’ve made some here and there for the past 8 months.

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It’s fun to use different color and fabric combinations and see how they turn out.  I tried to make a variety of styles and it kept the project interesting.

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This project is a great use for fat quarters.  The pattern is from Aneela Hoey’s shop, and comes in two different sizes.  I only made the smaller of the two, and found it’s a great size for all kinds of things, including sewing supplies, or goodies if you’re giving a gift.  They are sturdy and roomy.

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I will admit that the boxes took longer to make than I hoped they would.  There are a lot of steps and the final assembly of the boxes requires hand sewing as well, which I didn’t realize when I bought the pattern.  (I kind of committed myself without really knowing what I was doing.)  The finished product, however, was a great reward for my time and effort, so I’m happy with the outcome.

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I gave all of these away, and looking at the photos makes me want one of my own.  Perhaps one of these days I’ll make some more…

Coastal Half Square Triangles

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Surely yesterday’s post makes it no surprise that I have a weakness for coastal and beachy themed fabric.  My Anchor quilt, as well as the Anchor’s Aweigh quilt are coastal in design and color scheme, and my Seaside quilt is another older favorite.  As I prepared for our annual week at the beach, I had the sudden urge to cut into all my coastal fabric.

This project comes mostly from two designers:  Lewis & Irene, who designed the Coastal bundle I had, and Sharon Holland, whose Coastline fabric I also had a nearly complete bundle of.  There are a few other designers whose work is in the mix, but the bulk comes from those two collections.  A quick sketch for a design and the cutting began.

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I had high hopes for a completed quilt top to take with me for photos, but instead I managed a bunch of large half square triangles (HST) and hundreds of smaller ones that still need trimming.  My design wall is currently in my bedroom instead of my sewing room because we’ve got guests coming and going every week or two for much of the summer and I’ve taken over a small table for my sewing machine.  These happy colors greet me every time I walk in the room and I’m hopeful I’ll find a few minutes to sew again soon.

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