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Oh Me, Oh My, How Time Flies!

It’s always amazing to me when I see we are approaching the middle of what was a new month. I haven’t decided if it’s because the older I get time seems shorter, or if time really is flying by.

I do know the SEW HOT IRON REST GIVEAWAY is almost over. If you haven’t entered now is the time to do so. The Giveaway ends April 14, 2019 at 12am. I will be announcing the winner on Tuesday April 16, 2019. Click here to enter the giveaway!

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I entered a designer fabric challenge through Modern Quilt Guild. They sent me five fat eighths. I was looking at them and thinking, “What am I going to do with these?” The upside of this challenge is I can use additional fabric from the same designer in my challenge. I decided to design a quilt. I’m calling it Star Blossoms.

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I have completed the nine star blocks. Five of them are 20.5 inches square including their borders and four of them are 14.5 inches square with their borders.

The designer is Riley Blake. I really like all of their collections and since I had some fat quarters and scraps I was able to use them with the five fat eighths I received. It was definitely a challenge in choosing fabric and which star block to make. I had one block I was going to use this great fabric for and I totally mis-calculated what I needed to cut and wasted two perfect fat quarters. It just about made me sick. However I was able to use some of it in another star block. Whew.

Here are some pictures of the star blocks I made.


I used Riley Blake Designs Simply Happy, Shortcake, Wild Bouquet, Vintage Crayola, Granny Chic Solids, Gingham Small Cotton Yellow and of course, the five fat eighths. I think they came out pretty good. I like star blocks and let me tell you I have tons of quilt designs crowding my mind with all of the various blocks I have found. I need more paper and pencils!

I used the five fat eighths in the Ohio star block, Sawtooth star block, Fractured star block and in Star Struck star block.

Happy Cloud Quilt Batting by Fat Quarter Shop

The background is going to be white, Riley Blake Designs white, of course and the border is a red print and the backing is a blue plaid, again, Riley Blake Designs fabrics. I’m using Aurifil MK-50 2026 (white) thread for all of the piecing. I haven’t decided on the quilting part yet. It just depends on how it comes out once it’s all put together.

I used my Accuquilt Go! Cutting System and various dies to cut these stars. Let me tell you, that is such a time saver. Not to mention how much easier it was to cut half rectangle triangles. No calculating on my part. So thank you Accuquilt! You made cutting block pieces so much easier.

Thankfully I have until the 31st of May to get this all finished. I did get the hard part completed. I will have more pictures later.

Until then, don’t forget to enter the Giveaway. I am going to be having another one in about a week. So be sure to sign up for the emails. You will want to enter this one as well. Oh, I do love giveaways!

One last thing, I am entering several quilts I have made in a quilt show that is being held Saturday, April 13, 2019. My stomach is doing flip-flops. It’s the first time I have ever done anything like this. It’s one thing to give my work to family and friends, but to have my quilts on display for strangers to look at…. well… flip-flops. Thankfully there isn’t any judging on these. Okay, that’s it for now.

Until next time – Spring is here – what’s blooming in your quilting?

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Saturday Night Fever

Greeting everyone! A BIG HELLO! to all you visitors! I’m happy that you all have taken the time to stop by tonight! I’m calling this night Saturday Night Fever! because it’s hot, hot, hot! It’s so hot I feel like I have a fever…. I think this calls for ice cream!

falling stars at night
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I haven’t written for a couple of weeks due to being busy, busy, busy. My husband, Wes, was home for about a week, that was so wonderful, even if my back was acting up and he hurt his hand doing, I don’t know what he was doing, something. He left just a couple of days before Independence Day.

I designed and made a Stars Americana quilt after he left. So that took a little time. Here are a couple of pictures…

I used fat quarters I purchased from Connecting Threads, Patriotic Picnic and Glory Days collections.

Patriotic Picnic Collection

Glory Days Collection

I really like the combination of the two collections. It gave the quilt a vintage look. All of the various prints worked well together. The blocks used are Sawtooth Star and Hourglass Star #2. These blocks were cut using my Accuquilt Go Cutter and dies. I used some left-over solid dark navy fabric for the backing and I had some blue-grey solid fabric from the place mats I made. It’s only 40 inches x 40 inches square, so it makes a great wall hanging or as you can see, a table topper.

Even though Independence Day has passed, the quilt looks great on my old sewing machine table. It’s a nice way to display it.

My garden is doing great. We finally got the sunshine we needed, however, someone could turn down the heat a bit. This over 90 degrees a day stuff is just a bit much. I got some great pictures. My tomatoes are loaded with blossoms and my bush beans have little baby green beans!

I did a trial run with the new pressure cooker/canner today. I thought I had pulled enough carrots to fill two pint jars but I could only fill one jar. So….. I went through the process and pressure cooked one pint of carrots. Everything worked great!

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Fresh carrots canned 14 Jul 2018

How cute is that?! It’s now sitting in the pantry behind closed doors. I have more carrots to pull and can, as well as beets. I look forward to getting the green beans canned as well as the peppers¬† and chilies (when they are ready) and the tomatoes.

So while I am waiting for my veggies to get ready to be picked, pulled and plucked, I am working on a few WIPS. I am also waiting to start my¬† Save-the-Bees BOM from Jacquelynne Steves. I have my fabric and thread. I am just waiting for the first block pattern to come out. It’s super cute and I believe you can still sign up for the BOM. Just click on the link and join the fun!
It’s ice cream time now, or perhaps it’s time for me to stick my head in the freezer… boy it’s hot! So I hope everyone has a great week-end, wherever you are! Stay cool!

Until next time – Summer Projects Away!