Saturday, October 13, 2012

Making stars

#7 Alice's Star
This is the new Grandmother's Choice block for the week.  This is the paisley version.  I used the same three light batiks for the backgrounds in both blocks this week, just for fun.  I was going to machine applique the star, but allowed myself to feel pressured into hand applique because everyone else seemed to be.  One of these days I am going to get over that.  Next time, I am sticking with machine applique.  I am officially over my desire to master needle turn applique.
Here is the batik version.  I love the butterfly in this batik, even though I am not usually a fan of the multicolored hand dyed.  This one got included in the collection for the butterflies.
This is the block for this month's Comfort Quilt bee.  This is our last month for this bee.  It has been fun, and I have enjoyed all the blocks I have learned to make.  I joined this bee because each quilt was made for someone in need of special comfort for one reason or another.  I love that quilts can provide that kind of comfort.
Lastly, I made this sawtooth star for the Stash Dash quilt project my sister and I are each making.  One of the frustrating things about this project is that several of the elements have no measurements given, and we have to try and figure them out.  Fortunately, I have made tons of this star, so had a fairly easy time of it.  I guess there was an assumption that everyone who participated would be a veteran quilter. 
I hoped to get more done today, but was waylaid by a pesky headache.  Hopefully, tomorrow will be a better day.  I have so many things I want to do.  It seems there is never enough time for it all.
Until tomorrow then.  Joyful quilting, everyone.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Eagles and Aunt Eliza's Star

I do really enjoy foundation paper piecing.  You can create the most amazing things.  I am very impressed with the people who are able to create these patterns. 

These eagles will soar near the top of the America the Beautiful quilt I will be building over the next several weeks from the pattern pieces I collected on the shop hop.  Hooray!  Another project to use my batiks!
Speaking of batiks.  Here is the batik version of this week's Grandmother's Choice block.  This one is Aunt Eliza's Star.  It seems that many of the blocks we have done so far are made to be set on point.  Perhaps this will be my first on point quilt.  Whoohoo!  Another challenge.
Here is the paisley version.  Red was my theme today, I guess.
I am going to spend the rest of the afternoon working on some marketing research for our health and wellness business.  Have to make some money so I can buy some thread and backing fabric for the quilts that are stacking up and need quilting.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday.  Joyful quilting, everyone.