Little repro and more of the stars
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.
A star a day is a big commitment. I like the collection you have started!
Your newest little quilt is so sweet- the colors instantly age it!!
Thanks for mentioning Karen's blog, it's wonderful! The quilts are just beautiful. I love your Lemoyne Stars, and am very tempted to start some of my own.
Thanks for the link to the blog. I have never visited it before. I found the star a day idea very interesting. Would love to have a quilt like that. Finding time to do one a day with all the applique I do might be a stretch.
What a great little 9 patch – I love the center, and that green is perfect. You have a great start on your stars – more great fabric choices and I love the setting fabric too.
Your hand pieced stars are a great beginning to a spectacular quilt. It's a doable plan. We'll all be eager to watch your progress.
I love your little quilt! I'm a nut for poison green too.
Your little quilt is too cute for words. Those colours keep calling me as well. Karen does have a great blog and I'm very tempted to start the delectable mountains this year. I love the stars its a great opportunity for fussy cutting fun fun.
Im loving your little quilt, I can't get enough of those colors either. I remember your stars, they look fabulous set together.
just love your stars, trying to find the courage to get myself started, but so many unfinished projects keep me from doing so…
Your little quilt is very sweet! Love Karen Styles blog–very inspiring.:)
I'm in this great group of sewers and the stars are wonderful. This years block a day is Delectable Mountain. I have not sewn either but it's lovely to watch their collection of blocks grow.
That was a great link, thankyou. Your stars are fabulous, and isnt "poison green" a great name.
OOOh your little repro quilt is soo cute! Love that green.
Your nine patch with stars is wonderful too – fun!
love, love those stars.
Adorable little quilt and I love your stars! The fabrics are great.
I have always loved that nine-patch quilt. I made a repro of it too!
Wow, I love this cute quilt. Nine patches are so versatile and a favorite of mine.
Ooh I love what you're working on with those stars!!!
Sweet little quilt of nine patch! Classic.
Lovely quilt, it's so effective with those cornerstone blocks. I love your stars, really beautiful!
What a sweet little quilt. I like the way the center block chains out to the others. I may have to flatter (copy) this quilt. : )
Your star quilt is going to be a stunner. That is quite an undertaking to do it all by hand. Slow and steady… : )