Sunday, November 19, 2006

Productive Day



Saturday was a good quilty day! I was three months behind on my Jo Morton Scrappy Stars blocks. I get little fabric packets for three stars each month from my LQS--you do the math LOL! I am now up to speed on these little cuties and have 30 done. The quilt is from Jo's book, Hearthside Stars. Her finished quilt is 57" x 73 1/2" but I will be enlarging it to bedsize as a gift for my younger son's birthday. Haven't decided if I will make more stars or just enlarge sashing and borders--or both! Jo's quilt has 35 stars in it. The stars sew up fairly fast but it takes me a while to do the cutting! The flying geese are made using the quicky method that gives you all four FGs using one large square (4 3/4" x 4 3/4") and four smaller squares (2 5/8" x 2 5/8"). Love this method! The tablemat I purchased at a local craft fair yesterday. A gal who does some machine quilting for me also has a business of selling handmade quilted items and appliqued shirts. I love her work and always manage to buy at least one thing from her every year!!! This is made from the line of Nell's Flower Shop (Moda). I LOVE this line and had recently bought several FQs myself! The lady who made the mat said she had just used 5" squares from the collection. Boy, aren't those 5" squares addictive. I also managed to hit a sale at another LQS and found that adorable calendar panel from Nancy Halvorsen. Bought that and 3 coordinates. Wow, shouldn't I be buying presents for OTHER people right now???

24 comments:

Hedgehog said...

Beautiful stars! Feels so good to have a productive day like that, doesn't it!

Sweet P said...

The stars are beautiful. I love the tablemat. I've been thinking about making more tablemats instead of bed quilts.

Screen Door said...

If you don't like yourself and treat yourself well...how can you expect anyone else too?!?!?! Love your purchases, sounds like you had fun.

dee said...

Love those stars-I didn't get a chance to tell you how much I adore those mini quilts. Just beautiful. People think it's easy to make little ones but I think being precise in miniature is twice as hard-gorgeous work.

Fiona said...

Just love those scrappy stars.

Hanne said...

The stars looks so good ! The placemat is very special.

quiltpixie said...

sometimes presents for yourself insipre you to presents for others... :-)

Nancy said...

Oh Vera, your quilt is beautiful, love the stars, and the table mat is so unusual in it's design, Nancy in MT

May Britt said...

Oh, I love your stars. I bought a pattern from Lori Smith called Country Stars yesterday.
And the place mat is so nice.

Tazzie said...

Your stars are just lovely, I haven't met anything yet by Jo Morton that I didn't like. I think it's just fine for you to be finding yourself a treat now and then, it'll get you into the swing of shopping for others.
*hugs*
Tazzie
:-)

Dawn said...

The stars are GORGEOUS! I really like them. And the little mat is so cute, and I love the way she quilted it!

ForestJane said...

Nice quilt started there! If you make more blocks will you have fabric from the line to match them?

Linda_J said...

Now that is the problem with shopping--you keep finding things you want too. My family used to put a moratorium on any personal purchases (except for toiletries) at holiday time for that reason. Like Dad buying a staple gun and pair of gloves right at holiday time--how dare he, LOL!?

Linda_J said...

dang it, I meant to say too who gorgeous your blocks are and the mat is quite pretty too!

Jenni @ Fairybread said...

Love the colours. Christmas is the time I buy things for me - normally I try to keep my eyes averted in shops, but when you're looking for gifts, it's hard not to see things you want for yourself

pamina (laurence) said...

Your stars quiltis absolutely beautiful. Can't wait to see it finished. These fabrics and colors are splendid, they are exactly what I love !

Doodlebug Gail said...

What gorgeous stars! That colour palette is so warm - what fabric will you use for the sashing? I also do my Flying Geese using the method you described - nice and easy and no waste.

The tablemat is really attractive - I was drawn to the shape of it.

The Carolina Quilter said...

I love your sawtooth star quilt. It must be my favorite block since I end up using it over and over! I also love the placemat you purchased. So unusual and pretty.

Lisa D. said...

Wow - those stars are fabulous! And love the block with the Moda fabrics. Yum!

Darlene - Dazed Quilter said...

Those stars are beautiful. And, the tablemat is a darling idea.

Vicky said...

Fabulous stars! That is really an awesome quilt!

Great job you're doing on it!

Hugs

Mary said...

I love your fabric choices for your stars - In fact, I have a group of fat quarters that I've been trying to decide how to use and I'm saving a picture of your blocks to see if this might work with my fabrics.

Sandra said...

The stars are gorgeous and I love the little table mat. I have a lovely collection of 5" squares that would suit this project very nicely! I've bought myself 3 presents so far to put under the Christmas tree - so I say go for it LOL.

Ali Honey said...

Vera that looks like great progess. Congratulations! On the days you don't seem to get so much done just remember how well you did with the stars!