Monthly Archives: August 2013

Silver Star - Finished!

If you are reading this right when I publish it, I’m running a 5k right now. If you’re reading it later, then I’m probably sitting on my couch with no pants on. You’re welcome! Pass the brain bleach!

Silver Star - Finished!

I’m very pleased with how Silver Star turned out.  I had a bit of fear that the borders weren’t wide enough and thus not add enough “weight” to the outside of the quilt, but ultimately I think they work.  I could have done a double or even triple row of those waste HSTs, but that felt like I would be trying too hard.

The pattern is Star Struck by Bonnie Hunter, available for free on her website.  I used a 7×9 block layout with 6 inches of borders and the finished quilt is 65×81″.

Silver Star - Finished!

I really love the aqua print, too, since it has tiny mice on it and the color strikes the balance between the the hint of green and the coolness of the grays.

I ended up piecing more of the HSTs in a row for the back of the quilt which uses a large piece of gray polka dot and a piece of cat face fabric that really engages a lot of people, but I find sort of creepy.

Silver Star - Finished!Silver Star - Finished!I have no idea how old it is, or where it came from since I got it through a stash donation from a friend. It’s been sitting in my stash for a couple years, with these creepy cats judging me every time I walked by the shelf.

It’s probably not a selling point that these cats full-on blank stare into your soul and judge you. But then again, I don’t have to write the copy for the auction catalog anymore.  If you’d like a chance to bid on the quilt, you’ll have to attend the 25th Anniversary Gala for Good Mews on November 16th.  Sorry, no bids by proxy since I can’t attend the event this year myself.

Star Surround Top & Back

I finished up the Star Surround top and back last night, and stood on the ottoman in my living to try to get a picture of the whole top. Apologies for the flotsam and jetsam randomly shed by my children that surround it on the floor.

Star Surround top- complete!Star Surround top- complete!Here’s a slightly better close-up of the border fabric, the 12 Cats of Christmas.  It’s super busy, so piecing it together doesn’t look as bad as I originally thought!  I’m not sure that the solid I used was the “right” one, but it’s too late now.  I’ll try to brighten it up with a quilting thread that’s closer to white than beige, and that should help.

For now, though, I’m happy the top is done! Now to pick out a quilting pattern.

HtbaS - Episode 144

It’s a Very Special Episode, and now twice as long! Lots of shout outs and hollas to my peeps. I talk about a fitness update, finishing the Teen Boy Leader & Ender Quilt, making the best use of my walking foot, finishing the top for Star Surround, and finished up Silver Star.


WIP Wednesday - Starring… Cats

Quilt Basting HelperingAnother WIP Wednesday, another picture of my cats!

I’ve got Silver Star basted and ready for quilting. I’ve got the center for the Star Surround pieced, and the border cut and ready to attach (picture on that later once it’s attached). I’ve got the back for Star Surround pieced. I’d like to get Silver Star quilted by tomorrow night (HA HA HA) so I can hand stitch the binding down at a meeting tomorrow night.

I’ve got a seekrit project underway as well that I can’t show pictures of yet. And another seekrit project. And quilting for Easy Street Redux to be done on Saturday. And a guild meeting on Sunday.

Goofing off with rulersBasically, I have a pile-up of a pile-up and I’m going a bit bonkers. I did take a minute to play with the reflection of the sunlight off my ruler to drive my cats nuts as they tried to attack the reflection on the wall.

Now we can all be bonkers together.


Charitable Quilt Donations

Teen Boy Leader & Ender QuiltOver the last two weeks, I’ve finished up two charity projects to donate.  The first is made from various orphan blocks and units and pieced as leaders & enders while putting together any number of other projects recently.

You can see my regular 2″ L&E’s as the small squares, but also 3 1/2″ squares from my scrap stash, orphan flying geese, hourglass blocks, and a set of tiny 1″ HSTs from some long-finished project.  The main theme of these quilt was that it be suitable for a teenage boy, so the blues and greens and browns dominate.

Teen Boy Leader & Ender QuiltThe back is also pieced from various scraps of hunter and olive greens, and the binding is scrappy in the same colors as well.

The finished quilt is somewhere around 56×68, I think.  It’s all straight line quilted since I figured loops or meanders would be a little too girly for it!

And speaking of girly, I also put together this small-ish girly quilt from some orphaned log cabin blocks donated to the East Cobb Quilters’ Guild.  There were 20 blocks total, and I couldn’t reconcile myself to having a “half row” of log cabins if I did a 4×5 block layout, so I went with 4×4 and some fan-like cornerstones.  This one finishes at 42×42″.

Baby Girl Charity Quilt


Sunday Stash - Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

I finished up the Leader & Ender Teen Boy quilt yesterday, and am poised to finish piecing the back for Silver Star today so I can knock that out next week.  Steady progress on the Star Surround blocks as well, as those go together and will be made into a top this week!

  • Used this Week: 4.25 yards
    • 7 yd for L&E Teen Boy Quilt (for charity)
  • Used year to Date: 271.5 yards
  • Added this Week: 4 yards
    • 4 yd various FQs for a wedding quilt
  • Net Used for 2013: 133 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 123.75 yards (46% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 143

I talk about my not-so-80’s Movie Makeover Moment and make an embarrassing confession. You’re welcome! Then I get on to the quilt talk, and I have a pile up of tops and backs and too many projects going on at the same time.


Star Surround: Like Shooting Womp Rats Back in Beggar’s Canyon

Alternate title: As My Friend Porkins Says, “Almost there!”

And no, I’m not apologizing for the Star Wars quotes. They are in my blood.

This evening I finished the final bit of piecing and pressing for the surround portions of the Star Surround Quilt Along this week.  So far I’ve managed to press my various units so the seams nest, but we’ll see if that holds up once it’s time to put these together into a top!

“Stay on target!”

WIP Wednesday: Helpering in a Box

For those of you with helper animals, cats in particular, you will understand the allure of an open box.  At least they were not on the blocks, I suppose. Or “on the blocks anymore” I should say.

Ahem. So yes, I’m working on my Star Surround surrounds and had to lay out all the blocks to figure out which fabrics went where for each block and I’m about half done with the surround parts. I might be able to finish those up tonight.

I’ve also got the top finished for Silver Star.  Here it is with two of the three borders put on.  The third border is another aqua one, which is a tiny toy mouse print to kick up the cute factor since it’s being auctioned off to benefit Good Mews Animal Foundation, the cat shelter I volunteer for.

The HST border is made out of waste triangles from the center blocks. I used 168 of them, out of 502, which means I have just shy of a bajillion left for another project.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Sunday Stash: Tortoise

Slow and steady this week. I am poised to finish two quilts next week (good Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, etc.), but for now I’m happy with a small quilt finish and my lunchbag. Pics of the small quilt coming when the rain finally stops here!

  • Used this Week: 4.25 yards
    • 1.25 yd for Peas & Corn Lunch Bag
    • 3 yd for Little Logs baby quilt (for charity)
  • Used year to Date: 264.5 yards
  • Added this Week: 0.75 yards
    • 0.75 yd for a charm pack of Florence by Denyse Schmidt
  • Net Used for 2013: 130 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 116.75 yards (44% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!