Friday, September 7, 2018

Catch a falling star

Hi everyone! Good golly, it's already the end of the first week in September.  How did that happen?  It has been such a busy time for me lately, but I feel like things are finally starting to settle down.  At least I feel a lot less stressed now than I did a few weeks ago.  And though the calendar says September, it still feels like the height of summer around here (97 degrees today!), so at least some things haven't changed.

It's been slow stitching for the last several weeks, what with everything that's been going on around here, but this week I finally finished off this quilt top:


I call this quilt top Falling Stars, because the blocks look like stars to me, and when they're on point they kind of look like they're falling.  Well, you can't always explain a quilt name, right?  I love the colors in this top, and I also love the little shoo-fly blocks that are formed in the center of each block.  Now I want to make a bunch of shoo-fly blocks and put them on point.  There's another idea for the list!


I made this top to use up the last jelly roll in my stash, using THIS block from the Squared Away quilt project. I think it was perfect to make from that jelly roll.   To me, the block really screamed to be put on point, so how could I refuse what the quilt wanted?  The block was pretty smart, because the secondary patterns made by the blocks are really interesting.


This quilt top was pretty easy to put together, because the block is very simple, made mostly of half-square triangles. A *lot* of half-square triangles. There are 512 hsts in this top!  All of those hsts were cut using the Easy Angle ruler, which is easy enough, but is a really unforgiving method for making hsts.  It takes a bit of patience to make all of them, so I could only do a few blocks at a time before my eyes started crossing.


So, there's that top finished!  This one is already boxed up and ready to send off to Diane the longarmer for quilting.   I think it's asking for an allover quilting pattern, so I'm inclined to listen.

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend.  We are jetting off for a small adventure, which may or may not involve some tiny people.  Doesn't that sound like fun?  Hope you have as much fun as we will!


Sharing at Finished or Not Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, and crazymomquilts.

20 comments:

  1. For such a simple block, the quilt is very sophisticated. Can't wait to see it quilted.

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  2. Oh, what a lovely quilt! Now I want to make one! Enjoy those little peeps you might be visiting. :-)

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  3. This top turned out so beautiful! The border is just fantastic!

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  4. That's a beautiful quilt, love the materials used. We finally have fall here (Ontario, Canada) today. Woke up to a very crisp morning after a week long heat wave. Now I want to start pulling out the warmer blankets and get all cuddly. 😊

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  5. Congrats on your finished top, Mari! I love those bright, fun colors, and the border print is perfect.

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  6. Beautiful! I love your bright colors and fun border fabric.

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  7. A very cheery finish. I tried using the Easy Angle ruler for HSTs, ala Bonnie Hunter, but I don't get accurate blocks, so I do the two squares meyhod and trim them down. It does take more time, but causes me less stress. Hope you have a wonderful weekend adventure and that the weather (remnants of hurricane) doesn't interfere.
    Pat

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  8. Congrats on the flimsy finish, it's gorgeous! Have fun and do some relaxing on your adventure!

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  9. I can say that I love it but that would be an understatement. I am crushing on it - insert hearts in the eyes emoji here followed by drooling emoji here. Have a great weekend and kiss the little ones for me!!!

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  10. I love this one. And I’ll take your word for it that it’s easy because it looks really complicated to me. I keep trying to figure out which is the block and which is the secondary pattern. I’m looking forward to seeing it all quilted. That will be another fun surprise when it comes back. Have a wonderful time with those tiny people and their bigger people!

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  11. Those colors are awesome. What a cheerful quilt! Congrats on the finish.

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  12. Wow!! I really love this one. Those blocks look amazing set on point.

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  13. Bright and fun! I agree that an overall quilting motif will let the pretty blocks shine :)

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  14. Love your Falling Stars! It took me a minute to recognize which Squared Away block you used. The secondary design works out so nicely. Congrats on a beautiful finish.

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  15. That block made a great quilt, Mari!! Looking forward to seeing it quilted.

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  16. Your quilt top is so happy! I think an edge to edge design will work perfectly. Thanks for linking to Finished or Not Friday!

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  17. I am so glad you listened to your beautiful quilt top...the blocks look fabulous on point. One cannot help but smile when one looks upon this bright and happy pretty! It will look even more fabulous once quilted.

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  18. Good for you for using up that last jelly roll -- and making something so beautiful with it!

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Thanks for your kind comments!