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Friendship Star Quilt Block 4

I found this sweet red-and-white Friendship Star block a couple of days ago in a pile of the blocks I inherited from a longtime quilter.  Two things set  this block apart from the basic Friendship Star (tutorial here):

Friendship Star Quilt Block 2 Large or this easy variation:Friendship Star Quilt Block 3 Color Large

  1. The contrasting triangles in the four corners of the block.
  2. The quarter-square triangle in the center.

The finished block looks almost like a cross between the basic Friendship Star and a Snowball block. I’ve got to try this in a quilt sometime soon.

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Log Cabin Baby Quilt

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This little Log Cabin quilt (30″ x 42″) is going to my new step-niece, Allison. I bought the Log Cabin blocks on Ebay years ago and decided to assemble them as part of my “clean the sewing room by making new projects” initiative. This is a limited success as a cleanup measure, but it does feel good to finish projects that have been hanging around for months or even years, waiting to be made.

The quilt is made with a puffy polyester batting for softness and warmth, and backed with my last piece of a flowered flannel I’ve always really liked: Log Cabin Baby Quilt Flannel Backing

 The batting came as part of the treasure trove of things I inherited from a long-time quilter who died last summer at age 95. The various histories of the quilt components make this quilt a memory quilt for me, even though it will be completely new to the little recipient. Just one of the wonderful things about quilting, isn’t it?

 

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Work in Progress Wednesday: Still Mardi Gras in the Sewing Room thumbnail

Flying Geese Pinwheel Quilt Block

I recently received a treasure trove of quilting supplies from my daughter’s cheerleading coach. The coach’s  grandmother died at age 95 last summer. She was a dedicated quilter and quilted right up to the very end. When I went through her boxes of fabric, trim, finished blocks, buttons, templates, and all the miscellany of a quilter’s life, I found a completed Mardi Gras quilt top with the batting already cut and layered. It just needed to be basted and quilted.

My daughter’s coach and her grandmother had been very close, and I knew she would like to have one of her grandmother’s quilts. So I offered to finish the quilt for her. That’s what I’ve been working on (with a several-week hiatus because of a stiff hip that gets worse when I sew.)

Here’s just one of the Mardi Gras blocks. Each one uses different fabrics. I used two of my new sewing machine’s decorative stitches to quilt the inner seams of the pinwheel, then a small stipple on the white section. I’m going to use different decorative stitches on the orange, yellow, purple and green sections. I’ve done the stippling on two blocks and have ten more to go. Sometimes I wonder why I open my big mouth and volunteer to do things like these, but I know that in the end I’ll be happy and so will the coach.

Linking up to Freshly Pieced today for Work in Progress Wednesday.

 

 

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Work in Progress Wednesday: Pink Baby Rag Quilt thumbnail

I’m cheating a bit by posting this on Work in Progress Wednesday, because this little baby quilt is actually as finished as it will ever be, but here it is!

Pink Baby Rag QuiltThis quilt was part of a pink reduction project I’ve been carrying out in my sewing room. I’m trying to shrink the size of my fabric stash, starting with some of my less favorite colors, which means pink. The backing squares are scrap pieces of the polar fleece I use to back most of my quilts. I really like using a few different colors and mixing them up. It makes an interesting “sashed” effect on the front of the quilt.

Here’s another view of the quilt, wiht apologies for the poor lighting:

Pink Baby Rag Quilt Flat

The quilt may be finished, but the pink reduction project goes on — that’s the work in progress part. I think my next move will be to make a pink pinwheel quilt. Pink and pinwheels go together like… like ice cream and chocolate sauce.

I’m linking up with Freshly Pieced today. If you’re a Freshly Pieced visitor, please leave me a comment, and I’ll come over and visit your blog.

 

 

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Roman Stripes String Quilt

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Roman STripes String Quilt FoldedLike many of my quilts, this newly finished quilt has been a long time in the making. Roman Stripes is a pattern that used to be popular with Amish quilters (and may still be, although I didn’t see it when I visited Pennsylvania Dutch country a few years ago.) I adapted the pattern by making the striped half of the blocks from fabric strings. I started out with this pile of scraps:Scrap Pileand began making string quilt blocks a couple of years ago. Then I spent some time considering which fabric to use for the “plain” half  of the Roman Stripes block. In the end, I chose this dark maroon. Audition Block

Next, I made a bunch of blocks, then lost about half of them somewhere in my sewing room. After much searching, they have yet to be found. Someone will dig them out from behind a piece of furniture after my funeral, I guess.

This week I got a new head of steam. I made enough new string blocks to complete the quilt, then laid them out:Roman Stripes Quilt Blocks Laid out

Sewing them together was positively exciting, because it was the first project I did on my brand new sewing machine, a Janome Memory Craft 8900.  janome_8900The same goes for the binding, because I got to use my new decorative stitches for the first time. Here’s a detail that I hope shows you the blanket stitch and floral stitch I used to secure the binding.

Roman Stripes String Quilt Detail 2

Here’s another detail view just for the fun of it:

013And here’s the finished quilt. It’s very satisfying to see scraps turned into something beautiful. Roman Stripes String Quilt

 

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Blog Hop Giveaway Winner

The winner of the Blog Hop Giveaway, chosen at random, is Joanie Page of Joanie’s Quilts. Joanie will receive a DVD from Piece O’ Cake Designs POC DVD thumbnailand two charm packs from Thimbleberries. Thank you to everyone who entered, and my apologies for taking so long to announce the winner. What have I been doing that distracted me from my blogging duties?

Hmm. With my Swiss-cheese memory, that’s not an easy question to answer. I’ve been quilting, and taking care of my family, working on a novel (not about quilting), and most recently, buying a new sewing machine to replace my 15-year-old Pfaff 2140. I’ll be posting more on that later. For now, congratulations to Joanie Page. Thimbleberries Charm Packs



 

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