Monthly Archives: January 2015

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In July, I participated in the Astronomical Quilts! Block Challenge by completing a 9.5" wonky star block. I decided I really liked the block, but didn't want to make a ton of them. Hence, The Giant Wonky Star quilt (working title). I had enough of the background fabric to make the star 48" x 48". With the three additional borders, it measures 62" x 62". I had the quilt top and pieced back done in August. It went together so quickly. I even made a quilt label for it's September completion. Oops. (I've made a new one.) Thanks again to ALYoF for helping me get a project from the back burner to the finished column this month!

I was searching for a cosmic name for the quilt. With some help from my husband I settled on Stellar Wind. Stellar wind is the flow of particles from the atmosphere of a star, and is not generally symmetric. Perfect!

I think part of the long delay in quilting it was my inability to decide what design(s) to use. With help from my sister I finally came up with a plan last weekend. I decided to do square and triangular spirals inside the star. Then for the background I used a swirl and star pattern I'd used before when I quilted Frieda. I stitched in the ditch between each border, extending the background pattern to the second border. Then on the outer border I made a variety of planets. If you look very closely (okay, maybe you can't tell) you'll see that I ran out of the thread I was using and the last 6 or so planets are a different color.  ;-)

After all those planets, some of them were even kinda round!

Linking up to ALYoF January Finishes, Finish It Up Friday, & Fabric Frenzy Friday.

This is one of my finishes from my Q1 Finish Along Goal List. Linking up to the Q1 Finishes party at On the Windy Side.

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Ah January... the first week of the month allowed plenty of time to get my bee blocks completed and mailed off. Ya know, before I broke my sewing machine on January 8th. :-/

For Stash Bee, Alison asked us to make classic sawtooth blocks with nestled star using her tutorial. I really liked the fast flying geese tutorial that Alison linked to. Her chosen colors were burgundy, light pink, navy and light blue. Light pink is hard to come by in my stash, but I managed to find some good options and I decided to go big with two interior stars. Here's my 16.5" unfinished block.

For do. Good Stitches, Lyanna asked us to make three 8 1/2" scrappy Jacob's Ladder blocks with low volume grey background, warm colors in the 4-patches and cool colors in the HSTs. My scraps, precut into 2 1/2" squares and strips, were helpful for the 4-patches. I used some of my leftover strips from last month's do. Good Stitches blocks.

I've realized part of the fun of bees is waiting to see a completed quilt putting together all our work. I can't wait!

 

 

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Hello! If you're here for the first time, I'm Sarah. I just celebrated my first blogiversary, I love quilting and I'm totally drawn to bright, bold colors. This blog began as a way for me to share my projects, both quilty and otherwise, and has morphed into a primarily quilting and sewing blog. Cookie decorating and other posts are pretty rare now. Here are some of my favorite quilt finishes.

Candy Shoppe - I'm SO in love with this one. Okay, so it took me ELEVEN years to finish it, but look at all that wonderful color. Go ahead, click through for some awesome closeups that show the details!

Schnitzel & Boo Mini Swap - This was the second quilt I paper-pieced, cause aren't those envelopes so fun!? I plan on making many more for myself. And for others. (Maybe for my next giveaway!)

The Purple Quilt - Purple is certainly my favorite color. This quilt was the result of a purple fabric swap (how could I pass that up!?) I participated in years ago. It just makes me smile to see it around the house and I love that my kids enjoy using it as a dance floor.

Frieda - While this one isn't actually one of my favorite quilts, the story of why I named a quilt Frieda is still hilarious to me.

You can see (almost) all of my finished quilts in my gallery.

In honor of Grow Your Blog and my One-Year Blogiversary, I'm holding my first giveaway. Please comment below for your chance to win this Blogiversary Scrap Attack mini quilt. Anyone may enter (limit of one comment per person). The winner will be selected randomly on February 15th. The quilt is a 12" by 12" mini quilt, suitable for wall hanging, decorating a table top, or using as a mug rug (think giant coaster or small placemat, just big enough for a little snack and your tea or coffee). The pattern is Scrap Attack by Diane Bohn at From Blank Pages. Please note, I always reply to blog comments, but due to the nature of the giveaway, I won't be able to reply to everyone. Please feel free to email me at sarah@goer.org. :-)

Update: The giveaway has ended.

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