Last year, my sisters and I went to Keepsake Quilting‘s tent sale. It was my first foray into the quilting world. There were women going through boxes upon boxes of scraps, a tent full of patterns, kits, and fabric by the yard (a very generous yard at that). I picked up a quilt kit and two patterns.
That kit turned out to be the Starshine Quilt by Creative Sewlutions. The kit was full of blue batiks– featuring light blue stars, a beige lattice, and wonderful navy background fabrics.
I started piecing it over the summer.
There were lots of half-square triangles to deal with, and I did not have a 1/4″ foot at the time, so, alas, my corners do not all match.
But they came out pretty okay. Today I finished up the other squares and started piecing the stars!
Just look at those swirling stars! I love it! Such a great way to take my mind off things before school starts up again on Monday. I do love a good distraction– especially when it’s a productive one!
Since the new year I have started quilting. I started out by cutting and piecing the bricks for a full sized quilt based on this one. It will be full of some wonderfully bright batiks I picked up from Keepsake Quilting with my sisters. I decided not to assemble the top, however, because I was afraid it would be far too unwieldy to quilt on my own. I have since finished a mini-quilt based on this tutorial where I got in some practice with straight-line quilting. I quilted and bound the whole thing during Winter Storm Nemo after school was cancelled for the day.
I’ve got the bug now, though. I decided to pull out my bricks last night and lay out the design. Now I’m piecing the bricks into blocks of four bricks which I will connect up after. Unfortunately, part of the reason I stopped the piecing before was that I did not have a 1/4 inch foot, so I eyeballed the piecing of the bricks (which I’m not sure were cut all that well to begin with). A lot of them are off by up to 1/8 inch. I’m hoping that constructing the blocks in this way, unlike the tutorial where they are assembled in strips will help me to get a more even quilt. The batiks are hiding the abnormalities a bit, but I would like to have the corners as tight as possible.
I’ll post pictures later. Unfortunately, I left my camera at my parents’ house over Christmas and will not be able to get it back until the weekend.