Monday, February 6, 2017

Seeing Stars

Last Friday Sherri released her Quilting Life Block of the Month pattern for February.  It is made using half-square triangles so I used my Accuquilt GO! Big to cut the squares.  Between the cutter and the simplicity of the pattern, I had my block together in no time at all.

Sherri calls this one Scrappy Stars

Then I wanted to try a technique my friend Gene Black uses for making flying geese and his Flying Star pattern.  He shares both in a YouTube video (what did we do before YouTube?!?)  You can click here to go directly to the video and here to read Gene’s blog post about the block.

Using this method you make four flying geese at a time.

And that is exactly how many you need for one Flying Star block.

I used the Go! Big again and cut some B&C Miss Kate fabrics to make more of these stars.  I also cut some pieces to use in a leaders and enders project.  These will make perfect half-square triangles.

Have you been seeing stars lately?

Friday, February 3, 2017

17 UFOs in 2017 – February Commitments

I am enjoying the various sew-alongs that I am participating in this year.  I achieved all of my goals for last month and made great progress on some old projects.  Sure hope I can keep it going…

I’m so grateful that Meredithe and Anne are hosting 17 UFOs in 2017 because it has encouraged me to address my long list of unfinished projects and make a plan for getting them done….or at least make some progress on them.

You can see my January progress here.

My commitments for February are:

~~~ Building Blocks – numbers 8, 9 and 10 ~~~

~~~ Complete two blocks from Lori Holt’s Farm Girl Vintage book ~~~

~~~ Make my birdie stitches blocks into mini quilts ~~~
This is also my February OMG

It is a short month so I should keep my list short, too J

Have a wonderful weekend!

Thursday, February 2, 2017

OMG – February 2017

Way back in 2012, Corey hosted a block of the month called Birdie Stitches.  Click here to visit Coriander Quilts to see her blocks.

I used a jelly roll (can’t remember which one) to quickly border plain white squares and started stitching.  The project was set aside once I finished the hand embroidery because I could not decide what to do with them.

Sorry for the terrible pictures

I was recently inspired by Tanya when she shared her sewing room update and all of the lovely mini quilts she has displayed there.  Pay her a visit and see her wonderful space. Just click on her name above.

I’ve decided that my February OMG goal will be to finish the quilting and binding on each of the birdie blocks and turn them into mini quilts.  I’ll have a different mini quilt to display each month.

Many thanks to Patty for hosting Elm Street Quilts One MonthlyGoal.  It is keeping me inspired to make progress on my projects and I always enjoy seeing everyone else’s accomplishments.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

17 UFOs in 2017 - January Update

Happy February J

I am very happy today because I can say that I was successful in accomplishing my January goals for 17 UFOs in 2017.  You can see my entire list for the year by clicking here.

January’s progress…

Mini Valentine Table Topper

Quilt Labels for three quilts

Willow Weave 

Butterfly Trails

Deck-Ade the Halls

Building Blocks

Block #5 - A lesson in cables

Block #6 - A lesson in the right twist stitch

Block #7 - A lesson in the mock cable stitch

I’ll be back soon to share my February goals.  In the meantime, visit Meredith at pomegranate and chintz to see what others accomplished in January.

Hugs J