Sunday, July 15, 2018

Starry Starry Night

Martha's Star quilt: QuiltBee
At long last Martha's Star is complete (that only took about 15 years!!!) and we are looking forward to having it on our bed and sleeping under the stars. If you've been following along you will know that I started this one years ago, working with my mother on selecting the fabrics and assembling the stars.

Martha's Star quilt: QuiltBee
After her death I changed the pattern up a bit to add in the red Irish Chain blocks and it really picked up the feel of the quilt.

There are some quilts that are more memory quilts than others, either because of when/why you made them or because of the fabrics. This one rings true on both. It's also a big reason why I had it hand quilted.

Martha's Star quilt: QuiltBee
Believe it or not, a couple of the stars are made from fabrics that we used to make kimonos out of for a high school musical, Tea House of the August Moon, and I'm here to tell you that high school was more than just a few years ago!

Martha's Star quilt: QuiltBee
This is another kimono fabric. I just love them - they remind me of Dutch chintz and work beautifully with the other more traditional calico prints.

Martha's Star quilt: QuiltBee
So, it's a wrap. I could have knocked about a year off the timeline for this one if I had just bound it when I got it back from the quilters last spring, but hind sight is always 20/20. It's ready to be used and loved now and that's the important thing....M

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


Martha's Star quilt: QuiltBee
The days of hot, hot, muggy weather have finally passed, and even though it is close to 30 C most days, it feels absolutely balmy by comparison - perfect weather to get back to the binding on Martha's Star.

Martha's Star quilt: QuiltBee
In the evenings I have started taking it out on the deck to enjoy stitching in the fresh air and gentle summer breeze until the fading light sends me indoors.

It's a large quilt and I'm not really speeding through it (I think I'm just over a quarter of the way there) but it is a lovely way to pass the time.....M

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Enjoy the Little Things

What do you do when your air conditioning quits over a long weekend in the middle of a heat wave? You find a good, big fan and set it up near your machine so that you can sew tiny strip sets to keep yourself from going mad with the heat. I'm happy to say that after four days we finally have a fix but there were times that it almost drove us to distraction.

The Omigosh quilt requires a lot of this...

but the payoff is these wonderful little blocks. And now I have eight more to add to the list.

I also get to enjoy a little light (fabric) reading as you sew with a reminder to enjoy the little things...

p.s. This is a lousy pic but I just had to share it. As I sewed the Official Cookie Tester sat in front of another fan to watch World Cup soccer. To the untrained eye this looks like random strip sets, but it was his illustration of the extra kicks that saw England win over Columbia. 😃

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Three For Three

I surprised myself yesterday and got the binding sewn onto Martha's Star, so I will enjoy a relaxing day of hand stitching today. Just as well, as it is stinkin' hot and humid outside, and looks like it will be for the next several days.

Normally, I make my bias binding and then sew it onto the quilt right away so I'm working with a hot mess of binding strip in my lap, but because I made three (very long) bindings in advance this time I rolled them into a ring as I pressed them and they were delightfully easy to use. I just sat the roll next to the machine and pulled off what I needed as I went. Might be a lesson in there for the future...

Anyway, the first one went so well that I tackled a second one...

and then the third! So, now I have no lack of stitching to do for the next little while.

The bindings were made either from the backing scraps (green dots) or remnant pieces, so I just kept cutting until the pieces were used up. Looks like I have enough to do four more quilts!

To my Canadian friends, a very happy Canada Day! Have fun celebrating our 151st birthday and be certain to find a place to stay cool....M

p.s. Just noticed Google's image for the day. Doesn't it look like all those little people are working on a design wall? 😉