|quilt blocks are out... Moses' homing beacon.|
|I swear he hears me laying the fabric on the ground.|
|only ever more comfortable after the blocks are pieced.|
Months ago, I began experimenting with quilting wonky stars. I have a significant number of vintage sheet scraps and an even larger collection of vintage sheets from which to cut. I've seen several wonky star blocks on pinterest and started with a few blocks just to try something new. Well, I ended up liking the blocks more than I anticipated. Instead of using my blocks as hot pads or saving them for a larger project (no more bed quilts, please!), before I knew it I had half of a baby quilt.
|all pieced and sandwiched and ready to (finish) quilt(ing).|
Each year, the staff where I work host an enormous garage-type sale. We collect donations for a few days, then the staff volunteer to price and arrange everything the day before the sale. Usually, the prices are really low. We also host a corresponding bake sale and silent auction. The auction is a combination of promised items and the higher end donations we receive. All proceeds benefit the students via student book scholarships.
After getting the hang of the wonky stars, I committed to a baby quilt for the auction. I finished the blocks and the quilt top relatively quickly... and then set way too high expectations for the quilting!
|all done, with a beautiful drape.|
I decided to do a dense free motion quilting pattern I hadn't really done or tried in years. I had just gotten the hang of this on a much larger quilt (that is still unfinished) waaay back in 2006. Of course I haven't touched it since then. And I have a different machine than I did back then, too. So it was more than a little new.
|folds nice and square, too.|
It took me hours, but I am so. pleased. with the way the quilt turned out. It was great FMQ practice, I got a confidence boost in actually finishing a project, and the quilt went for $70.00 in the silent auction.
|sorry, Moses. not for you.|
|no, really Moses. we can't keep it.|
There's probably a limit on how many photos I should post of my dog, quilts that I make and combinations of those two. However, it always feels like a finished project doesn't happen all that often, so indulge me. These are some of my favorite blocks. I realized after I was done that the best looking blocks were those that had high contrast stars to background.
|love that blue hatch sheet.|
|bought this vintage sheet FQ from elegantitus months ago. so hard to find purples.|
|so, technically the green fabric wasn't a vintage sheet. but it was a repurposed sheet from the thrift store. :)|
When I was making the blocks, I started with a patterned background and a white star. Then, with each new block, I utilized the background fabric to form the new star, creating kind of a chain of matching/coordinating blocks. Then on my last block, I used a white background with a pattern star. You can totally move from block to block and see the order I finished them.
|the coordinating blue star to match the blue background block above.|
Although it was a lot of work and I don't have my next FMQ project lined up, I am looking forward to trying it again. I can't wait to give other patterns a try.
|Moses, ever hopeful. He even brought a ball!|