Sunday, February 08, 2009

As much as I love scrap quilts - and I REALLY love scrap quilts - there comes a time when you just have to search the stash and cut into some new fabrics. I can always tell when the time is right. It is when I get the feeling that things are starting to look an awful lot alike. Then I know it's time to start working on something fresh and new.
I got out into the cabinets this morning and pulled out this happy little grouping.
I have been thinking about stars lately. Lone stars, star bursts, radiant stars. Those designs seem to appear frequently in some of the books featuring antique and vintage quilts that I enjoy leafing through regularly. After a brief internet search, I found instructions for making a block. Like Santa in Twas The Night Before Christmas, I got straight to my work.
Don't think there wasn't a struggle. I only had to sew, unsew and resew a couple of times before I got all the pieces oriented in their proper spot.
Then it was a snap to assemble the remaining pieces.
Next I need to pull out my copy of The Art of Classic Quiltmaking and refresh myself on assembling blocks with set in seams. I'll construct blocks until I've had my fill or I use up these fabrics - whichever comes first.
I'll leave you with a little peak of The Princess. She has been rather elusive of late.The new semester of school has begun. She has a hectic class schedule and all her free time seems to be consumed with homework. One class even had an assignment before they had their first meeting. This is pretty much the only view we have of her - or just a blur heading out the door to class.

28 comments:

janet said...

What a nice group of fabrics, I love the block but then I love all star blocks.

Quilt Hollow said...

Perfect fabrics, perfect star...bet you'll have the perfect quilt!

Julie in the Barn said...

Yup. Love any and all stars. Yours is particularly striking. But those diamonds are tricky. Can't wait for the finished result. Princess seems to be really applying herself. Good girl. See ya soon!

The Quilt Buddy said...

Oh my, your diamonds are perfect! I haven't been willing to tackle that one yet.

I always love your fabrics. Where do you buy them?

Did you enjoy the rain? We did. Say "hello" to the Princess!

Wendy said...

You found some wonderful fabrics to make that star. I haven't had the nerve to tackle that star pattern yet.

kjquilts said...

Your piecing is perfection! I've always wanted to make a Lone Star and was just looking at some on Flikr yesterday. I love your fabric choices. Can't wait to see what you come up with!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Why do you always have fabrics I want!!! Wahhhh!!! I love the look of that star! Glad school is for the princess and not me! I don't think I could do that anymore!

Stina said...

Love the star... but I do remeber them too...ahhh..fiddeling with the middle ...always seem to get more fabric than needed in there ;o)...but his was some years ago...maybe I have been a better quilter since...who knows...:o)
Good luck with yours...!!!

Chris said...

Sharon Craig has a great book about lemoyne stars (your adorable block is essentially a complex lemoyne star) anyway, she has a speedy and quite foolproof method for assembling those little boogers and their set-in seams perfectly. Give it a look.

Kathie said...

love the fabric choices...I admire you making these stars using homespuns which are known to stretch a bit when we sew them!
beautiful results you have achieved though.
Can't wait to see what this becomes....

Screen Door said...

My son would fight you for the black and grays--- great colors. It is kind of nice to cut into those fabrics. I'm one to purchase and take months of "just looking" at them before putting them to use.

Guðrún said...

Beautiful star, how will it be finished?

Darlene said...

You are a brave soul, Libby! Perfect fabrics for that star block!

A busy semester for the Princess, Sigh!

Joyce said...

Nice star! I have thought of a lone star but I think it's a bit too precision for me. I met a lady who did amazing ones and she told me the secret is in accurate cutting. Oops, that lets me out.

Cathi said...

I think it looks pretty daggum good. And they look like they are all homespuns....you go, girl!

Stephanie D. said...

Set-in seams--never have mastered those! I avoid them like the plague right now.

Tell the Princess to keep plugging, but remember to come up for air now and then!

Judy said...

Don't you love that black stripe in the center of your pile? I love it! It's so soft and yummy! Looking very well for a good beginning.

You know I always think that you come out of the military trained for something but I guess that's mostly not true unless you specialize in something particular...like medical stuff. What's she studying?

Catherine said...

I love that star!! Your fabric choices are fabulous!

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Libby you have been so busy and the block..that is awesome..

paula, the quilter said...

Stars in any form are just happy. But a Lone Star, o my how nice. Can't wait to see the finish.

Juliann in WA said...

I love, love, love these fabrics! And that view of the Princess reminds me of our daughter when she was living here last summer. But don't you just love knowing they are coming in and out of the house?

Carole said...

Lovely Star!

I have that book! As a matter of fact, just yesterday I was re-reading it for a beginers quilting class I want to teach. It's a great book!

Enjoy the process! Cheers!

Candace said...

I do love stars, Libby and can't wait to see your progress on this one! I saw Alex Anderson;s tutorial on the LeMoyne star and was surprised that she doesn't do any pressing until the end! Is this one constructed that way as well? Well- however you do it - it is perfect! Oh - funny security word - growed (you must show it to the worms - LOL)!
Cheers!

yellowfarmhouse said...

Oh my goodness love that star block and just looking at it scares the bee-jeebers out of me - that is a tricky block there sister - but great job. I to love anything with stars - my new house will have several in it. As always great job and good luck :).

Hugs - karen

Julia said...

Oh my goodness, Libby! This is a beautiful group of fabrics and the star is gorgeous! Set in seams still scare me, but I will enjoy watching this beauty come to life! :~)

Carol said...

What a wonderful star! It will be a wonderful quilt!

sewprimitive karen said...

The Princess is adorable (oh and I love that feminine computer in the cool mint color) and the STAR is wonderful.

Mad Red Hare said...

I love your star. My daughter too is busy with school. She is waiting to find out if she got accepted into the Occupational Therapy Program and then the fun really begins!