Thursday, May 21, 2009

I'm on my way! The first block(s) of Garden Club are all stitched together and I couldn't be more happy about.
Even with all the anxious anticipation, I got off to a slow start and didn't accomplish a thing on the first day. But I made up for it the next day by getting all the applique prepped and ready to stitch down. With several reality shows wrapping up with hours long season finales, I got all the handwork done in the evenings.
Paper piecing the stars for the flag was a bit of a trial for me. My first star is beautifully stitched and completely backwards - blue star on a tan background. It will look great as part of the quilt back. The second star only had a couple of seams stitched, unstitched and restitched. By the fourth star, I had the hang of it.
Similar stars show up in the quilt later on. I bet I will go through the exact same learning curve when I get to them. I'll look on the bright side - it will just be more pieces for the back of the quilt.
About a month ago, I shared 'A Day In The Life Of A Simple Girl'. In it were some blocks that I was working on. I think it is probably time for me to share the completed top. The pattern is called Star Sprinkles by Terry Atkinson.
Just like my struggle with the paper pieced star from the Garden Club block, I managed to turn this pattern wrong-side out. Unlike those stars, I chose not to begin again. Instead I'll have a quilt that is uniquely my own. That's what I'll keep telling myself anyway.

33 comments:

Crazy for Primitive Quilts and Gardens said...

Love LOVE your first Garden Club block! I am going to try really hard not to think about those stars yet, lol.

Karen said...

I am so glad my stars for the flag block are done. I always like those type stars in patterns but never like piecing them. Maybe someone knows something that we don't about how to get them looking so good.

paula, the quilter said...

Your struggle with the stars is like what I go through in some aspects of knitting. I always have to look up the directions for grafting a toe. With as many socks as I've knitted you would think I could remember that.

Stina said...

Woo hooo Libby... congrats on the first blocks made...:o) Look wonderful... still paging through the book..;o)
And pheew.. another gorgeous quilt made... :o)

Guðrún said...

BEAUTIFUL, BEAUTIFUL, both your finished top and your first block.

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Oh that first block looks wonderful. I've got as far as getting the pieces cut out..perhaps a bit of stitching will occur on the weekend.

Chocolate Cat said...

I love the first block particularly the dragonfly! Well done with the stars, think I would of given up at that point!

Cathi said...

I've always admired the Garden Club quilt but never bought the book. Funny how that pesky star jumped off the table and onto the sewing machine backwards!!

Rachel said...

Are you left handed? I do that backwards stuff all the time and blame it on my left handedness. :) Whatever works, right? Your work is beautiful.

Jeanette said...

I love your block! (and quilt top, too). I couldn't resist anymore when I saw Karen's blocks and bought the book. Glad I did after seeing your block, too.

Carol said...

Your first Garden Club block is just wonderful!!! Love your Star Sprinkles quilt.

Lea said...

Oh, I LOoooooove your first block! It looks so Americana, love it, love it!!!

Lorraine said...

would never have known it was the wrong way about if you hadn't said...looks awesome..and it is done! Love the first Garden Club block....you will be an expert on those stars by the end of the quilt!

Carrie ~ said...

I am loving your Garden Club quilt, I think I am a learning curve quilter too.
Your finished top is great too, the details make it yours.

Milah said...

I have heard the Amish will purposely alter one block so that all blocks are not the same. They call it their humility block to remind them that no one is perfect. I thought that was funny since my mistakes come freely, I don't have to purposely alter anything!

I really like the Garden Club quilt. I've never done paper piecing, friends tell me it's easy but I wouldn't know where to begin.

The Quilt Buddy said...

Your Garden Club quilt is going to be gorgeous! I can see it in my head right now. I'm not very good at paper piecing either.

I also love the way that you made the other quilt your own.

BTW- I was also watching all of the reality tv season finales! However, I didn't get anything done!

Candace said...

I've been away for a while and you've been very busy, Libby! Your garden is fantastic - you'll adore your homegrown eggplants - I grew them for the first time recently and they were fantastic! I love Terry Atkinson's designs and the fact that you put your own "spin" on this one is really neat. I wouldn't have changed it, either. And the garden club quilt will stand quite proudly on the 4th!
Cheers!

Quilter Kathy said...

Great job on the garden club block!
I really like your creative version of star sprinkles!

kjquilts said...

I love your inside out quilt. That happens to me all the time...I put it up on the design wall and somewhere between the wall and the machine everything gets turned around! It makes for some interesting quilts.

anne bebbington said...

And it's all the more lovely for being uniquely yours - I don't enjoy paper piecing either - a horrid means to and end is the best I can say about it!

loulee said...

Your garden club quilt is going to be very busy and colourful, lots to look at.

Yvonne said...

I love your garden block and the quilt is perfect just the way it is....love that one too. :)

QuiltedSimple said...

I love your garden club block - and your quilt is beautiful as is.
Kris

tami said...

Wow. Some gorgeous eye candy today. I think it's important to have quilts that are uniquely your own. You should tell everyone you did it on purpose to make it your own.

Julie in the Barn said...

Your Garden Club quilt is turning out fabuloso and it looks great out there among the squash. I always love your choice of colors. You sure have a great eye, as they say.

Judy said...

I had to go look at the pattern, but I'm not sure how you switched it. It turned out to be a nice scrap quilt though.

Liking that Garden Club one more everyday!

Finn said...

I think the first block(or section)looks awesome! Having the stars turn out your way just makes it all the more unique. A happy accident. Love the Sprinkled Stars top also...very pretty and looks just right to me *VBS* Have a happy Memorial Day Weekend. Hugs, Finn

AnnieO said...

The work you have done looks great! Colors are so warm and pleasing and folk-arty. Put the mistakes on the back--never would have thought of that! Good idea :)

Lindsey said...

Oh to be like Libby! It's all a home run...both quilts are adorable!

quiltycat said...

Love your first block! I have this book too and all the blocks are wonderful...well done!
nichi

Darlene said...

The first blocks is simply fabulous! Enjoy!

Love, love your Star Sprinkles!

Fil de vint said...

It's beautiful. I love how you have been.
mireia.

kattylou said...

I like your garden club and will see what it looks like on the other blogs