A year later in January of 2016, Darlene of A Needle Pulling Thread Quilt shop in Digby, NS, started a Star Block a Week QAL. That was just what I needed to give me the push. I began to make a star a week with Darlene, and used Barbara's Stars in a Time Warp as inspiration for my fabric choices. Using my stash fabrics, I modeled my stars on Barbara's choices including a varied selection of fabrics such as turkey red on cream, prussian blue, shirting, cheddars, madder style prints, and so on and so on. I didn't always make a star every week, and life certainly got in the way, but this week I pulled out the stars, made a few more using indigos, faded dyes, and toiles, and soon had a total of 36 of the 6" stars.
With the idea of making a lap quilt, I started looking through my books for ideas for a border. I found the book I had ordered from The Fabric Cupboard last year, Monterrey Medallions by Atkinson Designs, that included a selection of pieced borders.
I really liked the Four-Patch Chain, simple version featured on one of the quilts so made a few blocks using my scraps and tested it out around the star centre.
I liked the way it looked, so I made the rest of the blocks and finished sewing everything together this morning.
The top measures approximately 55" square, so I should be able to machine quilt it myself. It's always so much fun to finish a top, especially this one as it allowed me to play with so many different fabrics in my stash. The stars are made using reproduction-style fabrics, but the pieced borders were made using a variety of dark, medium, and light fabrics I had on hand.
I also wanted to share with you today a great gift idea. I made a bunch of "Ouch Pouches" as Christmas gifts. They are little zippered pouches adorned with a red cross and filled with bandaids, etc. Designed by Melissa at Cornbread and Beans, these pouches were fun to make and just as much fun to fill!
I found lots of small treasures to put in them, including bandaids, packets of Kleenex, Tide pouches, and wet ones.
We are having lots of wintry weather these days so will continue to play in my sewing room. It's a great day for quilting!