Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Works in Progress

I don't think I can count finishing a quilt top as a true finish, 
but I'm pumped anyways! 

This past week, I finally finished this quilt top. I can't say that much about it, just in case the recipient is reading this :)

I can say that most of the fabric is from my stash - except for the cute farmer cotton! The other fabrics include corduroy, shirting fabric, seersucker, etc. I ordered the binding yesterday, but I need to quilt it first!


After this weekend's garage sale finds (I found vintage sheets for a quarter!), I finally decided to cut into my stash and sew something with them :)

I followed Jeni's tutorial here: Giant Vintage Star Quilt at In Color Order

I'm still trying to improve matching up seems and making sharp triangle points, so I'm very, very happy with how the center of this star came out... don't look too closely at the other seems though! Some came out well, and some I just stopped trying to fix...

I'm still deciding if I should keep this one or if I should gift it to someone... but first, I need to quilt and bind...


 And, did you think I had stopped my hand-piecing quilt-a-long with Erin at Why Not Sew?.. ? Nope! I stuck with it :) Here is my little sampler quilt, all sashed and bordered!

All twelve blocks, hand-pieced and hand-sewn together. Now to hand-quilt it... wish me luck with this upcoming new experience! 

(So the very bottom right block is supposed to have appliqued "bees" on it... I skipped it... I just couldn't get myself excited to applique on such a little block PLUS I didn't want to make it more special than the other ones... so it's just a Honey Bee block without the appliques.)

The binding will be scrappy, using the fabrics from the blocks. I'm quite excited to see that come together. I just have to decide if I want to stick with the hand-sewn-thing to create the binding. I could cheat and sew the binding together with the machine and then attach it by hand... or I could just do it all by hand. Decisions. Decisions.


 So, there you have it. Three quilt tops done. Three quilts that just have to be quilted and bound. At least most of my family-celebration sewing is done for a while, so I do have more time to quilt. There still is one more family birthday coming up that I want to sew something for, and then Father's Day: to sew, or to buy... now that is a question :)


  1. A finish is a finish, even if it's only the top.

  2. How cool is that big star?! I'm so glad that you shared the tutorial on it. I'm going to save it with all the others that I hope some day to give a try.