Weekend Wrap-Up and Star Surround Progress

Star Surround HSTs trimmed!I finally got my Star Surround HSTs sewn and trimmed yesterday (slight impediment due to quilting Beachwalk, but I powered through with the help of Project Runway and a card table).

I’m still stymied by the counts of these units – how can six of one unit work out to cover two blocks? I suppose that’s why I don’t run a mystery quilt along.

Anywho, I also powered through my Saturday Sampler blocks.  My little organized heart was delighted with the alignment of all the prints in the same direction in the blue & white block.

Saturday Soiree Block 3  Royal Gardens Block 8
Jingle Pieced Block 5And also finished the 5th Jingle Pieced Block. The 5th applique block is in progress right now. I accidentally embroidered the stems for a straight set instead on point set and had to start over. I’m about halfway done with the applique leaves and bird parts, and can hopefully finish up this block tonight when I want a break from the next Star Surround step.

While piecing all these various blocks, I’ve been piecing together some more leader & ender four patch blocks and sixteen patch blocks.  Although the Parade of Charity Quilts happened last month at the East Cobb Quilters’ Guild, they are still taking donations through the year.  Leader & Ender BlocksAs I understand it, there’s always a need for quilts suitable for teen boys, so I’m going with blues, greens, browns, greys, and blacks set with neutrals.  You can tell there are some orphan flying geese blocks thrown in, which is a fun way to use up some of those orphan elements from various quilts.  I’m trying to get at least 42 blocks, and then will add in a couple borders to bring it to a lap size.

And finally, a gratuitous Helper Cat picture. Nina is very smart and has sorted herself appropriately with the oranges.

Nina has sorted herself appropriately next to the oranges.

3 Replies to “Weekend Wrap-Up and Star Surround Progress”

  1. I just chuckle at your thoughts on mystery quilts and your heroic efforts to figure out the pattern prior to its reveal. I am a Type A person (suspect you are too) and I definitely don’t do well with Mystery Quilts. I also love how well you keep up with your BOMs. I have two going (not my fault – given to me) and I am DETERMINED not to get behind even though following someone else’s pattern AND fabric choices takes away a lot of the fun for me. Your successes in keeping up definitely challenge me to be the same. Thanks for the nudge!

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