I headed downstairs to my sewing room in the days following the turn of the year.
It was a time for the warmth of the woodstove, music or an audiobook on the CD player, a time to take out an unfinished project or two and see what else I could create.
Some of the 6 inch blocks which form these star centers were made in Wyoming.
Because no two are quite alike, the work was slow, but made satisfying by the 'play' with
colors and patterns.
I decided to make two mid-sized quilts with slightly different settings rather than the one king-sized that I originally planned.
Daughter Gina immediately put in her bid for a quilt and presented me with some scraps from one I made for her 3 years ago which she wanted incorporated into her arrangement of blocks.
This is her finished quilt.
I had this machine quilted by a local quilter who used a 'wave' pattern.
This quilter doesn't offer a choice of batting and only a limited selection of backing fabrics.
She prefers that her customers not bring in their own.
Her machine quilting is adequate and the price is very reasonable.
This photo, taken with the blocks laid out in rows, but prior to stitching together with the
sashing and quilting,
is a better representation of the colors.
This is a large lap-size quilt created for our brother-in-law, Chuck.
I had six of the blocks left from making a king-sized one for our son several years ago.
The Primitive Log Cabin pattern seems suitable for a 'manly' quilt.
The Log Cabin variations all work up fairly quickly due to the straight cutting and piecing.
Here again, since each block has different arrangements of fabric strips, the selection of fabrics takes time--and I end up with tottering piles of potential choices layered on my table.
Our local quilter calls this a double wishbone pattern of stitching.
For J.'s dear sister I chose from my stash of flowery fabrics.
I enjoy making quilts with a traditional setting comprised of two distinct blocks.
This is 'Snowball' paired with 'Nine-patch.'
One of the pleasures of such a arrangement is that the finished block size can often be calculated to preference.
In this quilt the 6 inch snowballs easily translated to a 9 patch made with strips cut 2 1/2 inches.
An inner border of dainty pink woven check and an outer border in a spring-time yellow floral finished a lady-like quilt.
The machine quilter used the wave pattern on this one.
With the two gift quilts delivered to the local machine quilter I returned to the pile of 6 inch blocks in my cherished Wuthering Heights fabric.
The inspiration for these star sampler quilts was a book, Keep Quilting, by Alex Anderson.
There were a few of the block centers that I didn't care for, so I searched through other
pattern collections for 6" blocks.
I enjoyed laying out the different elements of this quilt.
I used a setting which alternated four of the 6 inch blocks with 12 inch Double Sawtooth Star blocks.
I needed a dark fabric for the sashing--and this particular line of fabric came out about 2006--it sold out quickly in the shop where I worked.
Knowing that the fabric designers [3 Sisters for Moda] usually release several consecutive lines with similar colors, I was able to find online several yards of a coordinating 'tone-on-tone' in 'Double Chocolat.'