My quilting thoughts and inspirations sprinkled with a glimpse of life down on the farm

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Of Stars and Cats

After my efforts with my French General Trip Around the World quilt (top) I took some time out to sort and tidy the Palace... I had a peek in my leader/ender drawer and woohoo found my reproduction stars...oh yes what an exciting find!

Terry of Terry's Treasures had a sewalong last year, making the Moda Bakeshop Charming Stars quilt...same old story, by the time I  decided what fabrics to use, the sewalong was well finished, but I started up anyway. So I sorted through my drawer resolving to recharge this project for my leader and enders but by the time the afternoon was over I had most of the stars assembled!! Typical LE project, sew a seam, throw it in the drawer, what a surprise to see how much I had done :-)
My design wall is far too small for large quilts but I put up some of the blocks and wow the room was instantly full of coziness and I absolutely fell in love all over again ♥

So with those sorted I had another rummage amongst my LE projects and found a couple of stars from the Rainbow Scrap Challenge partially assembled. A few seams to sew and a bit of a press saw those blocks finished too!
I haven't kept up with this but will continue along at my own pace; August's colour was indigo and September's was orange, both difficult colours for me so I might skip to brown (October) for now. These are joined with chain blocks and I am able to make some of those now so that's pretty exciting.

And still on the subject of stars, I've been wanting to make a jellyroll quilt from Kiwiana (NZ themed) fabrics for a while now. The prints of these are so busy and are not a co-ordinating range so just any design will not work. However I happened to stumble across this block by the The Missouri Quilt Company and wondered if it would work. After a bit of sidetracking in the Palace it was made and I'm pretty happy with it. So there you go, there may be even more stars in my future now!!



In between all these starry adventures I've been quilting away at the Love Me Love My Cat quilt. I've done all the light parts now (mostly crosshatching and a bit of stippling) and am ready to change to a red thread for the last little bit. I am happy with how the quilting is coming up so far and I am keeping my fingers crossed that the rest of it will continue along in a happy manner. Hopefully next post I will have a completed quilt to show :-)
See you next time,
happy creating,

30 comments:

Janet O. said...

I love the Charming Stars. It does have a very warm and cozy look to it. While Terry was doing the SAL I wished I could join because I liked what I saw everyone doing.
You have so many star projects happening. (I expect Doniene will love this post.) : )
Looking forward to seeing the entire Cat quilt all quilted up.

Leeanne said...

Magic stars! The kiwiana one looks interesting. I see quilting, good for you!

margaret said...

so many good projects on the go here, the star blocks are so striking with the white centre stars, loving the pinwheels too and the cat block looks super, can`t wait to see it comepleted

shez said...

Hi Raewyn,oh i am loving your blocks and your stitchery is very cute too,hope you have a lovely evening my friend xx

Gina said...

All your stars are great. I love the pinwheel stars. I'm looking forward to seeing your cat quilt. I find combining quilting and stitchery quite hard. Whatever I do just doesn't look right xx

Julie said...

You will be seeing stars for a while at your place.
Have fun finishing those projects.

Maria said...

Ah I remember Terry's SAL .. Nice to find old treasures . Enjoy playing with your Stars....
Love your Cat Stitchery.

Doniene said...

Of course I LOVE those stars!! Two sets to boot!!! Fun, fun, fun blocks!!!! So nice to have the Palace tidied!! I've so enjoyed mine being tidied. I have two new additions - photos to come soon!

Blessings and hugs!

treadlemusic said...

The 'Charming Stars' pattern has been a lurking pattern in the back of my mind for such a long time........intrigued by the white/light star with the dark fabric background (instead of the usual reverse). You are definitely 'seeing stars' these days but what happy discoveries of forgotten progress!!!!! Looking forward to seeing future posts with these!!!! Hugs.......

Terry said...

How nice to see your charming star blocks! They look great! :0)

Chantal said...

I really love all your stars! Leader ender sewing does surprise one sometimes. I usually have a leader ender project while I am stitching.

Karen H said...

Love all your star projects and especially the rainbow stars. Orange can be a difficult colour to work with but it adds so much sparkle to a quilt!

canuckquilter said...

You have a wonderful star theme today! Stars are some of my favourite quilt blocks. I look forward to seeing the whole LoveMe love my Cat quilt.

Needled Mom said...

Those stars are all wonderful. It is so much fun to dig out old projects and bring them to life.

QUILTING IS BLISSFUL, DI said...

first--I got the package and will try both out soon--thanks from the bottom of my heart!! and I love all your star quilts--and that red and white cat quilt is going to be sooo pretty--can't wait for you to show us the finished quilt--
have a great stitchy day my friend--
smiles, di

Linda @ kokaquilts said...

Great reproduction stars, lovely to be further along than expected!

Barbara said...

Wow all those stars Raewyn, what fun you are going to have. Maybe I should check out my UFO hiding places. I am sure I would find stars there waiting for attention.

Julie said...

Your stars are all gorgeous Raewyn, love the colour combinations. I look forward to seeing your cat quilt all finished too.

Lin said...

Stars in your eyes! I love them all but the colours of the charming stars are as you say just so warm and cosy. xx

kiwikid said...

Wow!!! How good to get all those things finished!! Love all your stars. cat stitcheries are lovely too.

KaHolly said...

Stars and cats! Two of my favorites! It will feel so good to finish them up! XO

Michelle Ridgway said...

All your stars are beautiful....some beautiful quilts in the making. Very cute kitty and lovely quilting x

Rosemary Dickinson said...

So many gorgeous stars! So nice to find them and finish them. Love the kitty! What a great project!! Keep going with all your lovely projects!

Anthea said...

some lovely finds there Raewyn! You'll have a quilt top or two in no time...

Karen S said...

So many stars and every one of them wonderful. You have a lovely collection of quilts starting to grow there.
I look forward to seeing the cat quilting finished.

sigisart said...

Dear Raewyn,
I´m happy to read once again from you, I had a summer without patchwork and didn´t had the possibility to be often in the Internet. But now I hope I get a long autumn and winter to discover again my UFO´s. You...by the way, you are very productive...lovely works you present.
Until soon, my friend.
Many hugs from me :-)
sigisart

Tarn said...

Where are the animal photos?

Sheila said...

Your charming stars are indeed charming , I love them , the colours are warm and cosy . Love your other star blocks , you are on a roll !

Wendy said...

You always have such lovely quilts on the go, the star blocks are beautiful!

Rebecca in AK said...

Your Trip Around the World is just beautiful! Thanks for the tip about marking your rows with an arrow for the pressing. So many wonderful leader/ender projects!