Seeing Stars

Way back in the spring I did a block lotto for my quilt guild.  A stretched star.

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Usually these are turned in at the next meeting, but I made my demo from a slightly different grey than what we had available to buy at the guild meeting, so I kept this one and made another one to bring to the meeting.

I have a drawer that has lonely single blocks, that may be useful at some point.  Certainly not to be thrown away:)

November came along and I was inspired by a rising star quilt, so did a little research.  This is a rising star  block I found online ( Missouri quilt co tutorial).

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With so much potential variations ( beyondsockmonkeys.com)

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I decided to make an improvised one, with no measuring, and ending up not symmetrical.

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It was so fun and easy that I decided to try one in my favorite blues.

DSC04234Loving it!!!  Now my mind is running full speed.  Planning a quilt of the whole rainbow of various stars, nope, maybe just yellow, green and blue.  Hmm.

In the meantime, this is a great block, can I alter it again?  And while I am at it, why don’t I make a Star of Bethlehem for my eventual nativity quilt. Eight points? sure.

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Well that turned out pretty good too.  I need to do one in grey for that quilt too.

Do you see where the problem comes in?  Another quilt in the planning.  Just what I need!  But I really can’t help it.

And between piecing days, I finished quilting the Hawaiian turtles for my friend, and have begun quilting the sunshine quilt.

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Ah, the never-ending fabric play.  I don’t know if it keeps me sane, or drives me close to the edge.

 

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tension

Difficulties with tension cause, well, tension!  I am quilting a friend’s quilt top.  Her batting seems the same as what I use, but must be less dense, and I normally use flannel or fleece on the back, so that adds more thickness too.  Which all equals a thinner quilt, therefor tension adjustments on my machine in order to get things to look good.

I start with some ugly fabric, batting and ugly fabric on back.  Then adjust the top tension knob one step at a time, checking how the free-motion stitches look each time.

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I thought I had it pretty good, but then NOPE!

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this is not right. (The stitching, and the ugly cat fabric).

Finally it looks good, and sounds good with the actual quilt running thru my machine.

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So, quilting coming along very well.

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But then tension problems of a different kind appeared! argh!!!!!!

My bobbin holder is shifting out of place while I am quilting, thus jamming everything and making nasty sounding noises in the process.  I have been piecing all weekend with no problems, but clearly my machine is not in the mood to quilt.  This happened almost exactly 1 year ago when I was free-motion quilting my Quiltcon entry.  I have done lots of free-motion in the year in between with no problems.  What’s up now???

And the kicker is that I have been procrastinating on this quilt, and finally just got to it.  Now machine problems.  Did I say Argh!!!! already.

And, I have a this week off and planned to do a whole lot of quilting.  We will see what Sawyer’s sewing centre says tomorrow. ( if they are open due to the holiday).

Let the sun shine in,

face it with a grin, open up your heart and let the sun shine in!

I love that song.

It is a beautiful, sunny, November day. First day of daylight savings time.

I have been working on my sunshine quilt lately.  The recipient likes yellow, so I just went from there with as many yellow shades of fabric as I could find.DSC04172

I added a few more after this photo, but you get the idea.  I started with 4 white squares, each chopped to be a random 5 sided starting block.  Then I just started adding 2″ strips of each shade.

round and round it goes, taking a lot more time than I thought, as always! Last weekend I had 4 lovely ombre rectangles complete.  Sunlight and fabric can make wonderful stained glass images.

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Ok, so four 36″ x 24″ rectangles, now for the layout. And no, I can’t just make it simple!

DSC04203 (1)That would be too straight forward, and kinda boring.  So I pulled out my cutter and ruler, took a deep breath and

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That was a little nerve wracking.  I have amazing ideas in my head, but will it turn out as well in fabric???

DSC04207That’s better, but still not enough, so I cut again…

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Yup, happier now.  All ready to baste and quilt for Christmas.  But unfortunately it is in line behind a few other things.

And for the glamour shot in the real sunshine.  My 8 year old got sore arms, but earned my gratitude.  What is that worth in mom bucks?

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I think I would have liked it to be more square, but didn’t have enough variety and volume of yellow fabric left to add to one side, and I don’t want a border. Tis what it Tis.