Sunday, July 15, 2012

Hand Stitching for the Week

Yes, I did get the binding sew on, then I was able to get the binding all hand turned, and today I sewed the label on. It is done! I named the quilt, "Oh My Stars! There Are Stars!" My daughter tells me I should be naming race horses instead of quilts. I think she is poking a bit of fun at my quilt names. This is it, folded in half and tossed over my platform rocker.
53" x 84"
After making some phone calls I found out the year was 2004 when a small group I was in decided to exchange the blocks. I feels so good getting another UFO box totally emptied.

Other than that, I was able to baste a few hexagons from scraps I consider too small to keep. Most are 3/4" hex's with a couple of 1" ones. They were added to the shoebox.
Then is was time to start quilting on my next quilt. I found out it had been pieced in 1992. Since then it has been hanging around on a hanger in one of the upstairs closets.
63" x 72"
It took me a few days to decide on the quilting design and thread colors. But I did get it started and have 5 of the print blocks quilted. I'm using a pretty matchy thread color to each block. I tried using more contrast in the thread but didn't like the first block that way so I took it out and started over. At this point it's OK. Maybe I will like it more, with more blocks done.
Remember the machine quilting you see is the basting. I have a long-armer baste my quilts for me. I take out her stitching as I go. Well, it's been a good, make that great, week. Enjoy the process.


  1. I made one of those star quilts quite some time ago. Easy sewing that gives a more complicated look.

    1. I am definitely into easy sewing, it's the hand quilting that I love. Always has been, always will be. But most of all what keeps me in my chair quilting away is a good audio book.

  2. Congratulations on a fantastic finish! What a great feeling it must be to complete this masterpiece! What a great photo in front of the fabric bolts!
    And you're already onto another amazing project!

  3. I tend to go a little crazy if I don't have another project all basted and waiting in the wings for me.

  4. Hmmmm, a box of hexies from tiny scraps! What a great idea. I think I need to do that myself! I love hexies!

  5. I love the hexagons in the star quilt. That is a common set for I Spy quilts. The fabric in the last block is the challenge fabric for the CCQG, the Mexican/variable star challenge in 1992. Go look in Andras's bathroom. I could swear you used that fabric in the quilt hanging over the scale:)