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Star Studded BOM is Caught Up

During the 40 Day Challenge, on of my goals was to catch up on the Block of the Month, Star Studded. I accomplished that goal, if you consider the June block is not due until the next class.  For June the block was Seven Sisters – or maybe this was May’s block. Regardless I had all of the blocks made except this one, so I crossed that goal off as completed.

The next class is tomorrow (Thursday, June 16th). If you know me, you know I’m not big on hand work. Yes, I have a Hexi Trip Around the World started and I have about 100 of the Star of Day block done, but I haven’t worked on either of those quilt tops in a while.  I did cut out one diamond and decided I don’t like hand pieced diamonds – and I was just basting the diamond So, I’m substituting this star block for Seven Sisters. I found the block in EQ. It is called Double Star.

During the construction of the block I made one Easy Breezy block — but only because I didn’t have any additional blocked kitted up. That’s next on my list of things to, along with kitting up more HSTs for Frolic.

Easy Breezy = 16

The Day After – Postscript

After I hit “Publish”  I finally got into the sewing room. First thing up hem another pair of pants for the wedding. My sister brought them over and while she was ripping out the quilting on her quilt that is still on the frame, I knocked these out.

Then it was onto Frolic. I have 1/2 of the 2nd border completed. I’ve finally have a method worked out so that I was able to do this in about an hour. I also made 2 Easy Breezy blocks. The next time I’m in my sewing room I’ll need to break out the rotary cutter.  I need to cut more HST for the Frolic Border and kit up more Easy Breezy blocks.

Easy Breezy =15

The Day After

Here it is 8 PM and I have yet to sit at my sewing machine. I have however made a decision on the border fabric.  I’m going with this gray fabric.  It’s a basic from Hobby Lobby. I think the line is Natures Bounty and the color is Concrete.  It’s the same fabric I’m using in my Just Take 2 quilt which apparently I started in 2012 when it was first released.  It is possible that I had enough of the fabric since I bought about 5 yards a couple of summers ago, but I don’t want to turn up short, so I purchased enough for both borders and the cases of two pillowcases. If there is leftover fabric I’ll put it in the JT2 box.

Easy Breezy = 13

40 Day Challenge – Day 40

Day 40.  I have one of the pieced borders done. Although I have enough HST to get all but 6″ of another border done I hit a wall when I discovered that I do not have enough fabric for the inner and outer border. At that point I started second guessing myself a 3rd or 4th time on how I plan to do the borders.  All I know for certain is that I need 1 3/4″ inner border before the ribbon/barber pole border.

Possible color options are light gray, dark gray, black, neutral, or a blue.

I have to buy more fabric in every situation except for the neutral – and I think it causes the border to float too much.

A brief recap of the last 40 days:

  • Bound 7 quilts
  • Added a label and delivered an overdue quilt
  • Caught up on my Star Studded BOM
  • Quilted & bound the log cabin quilt
  • Hemmed 8 pairs of pant for my niece’s wedding
  • Made 5 pillowcases
  • Completed the center of Frolic

The challenge kept me going and I’m pleased with what I accomplished. If I can figure out my border situation I’ll be able to knock the rest of the list out in the next week or two. I cannot plan on keeping this pace up.

 

40 Day Challenge – Day 39

I’m crossing off the Baby 4-Patch Stacked Posies quilt as it has been bound. It’s not washed, but I will do that when I finish the larger quilt and get it bound. I bought enough fabric to bind both quilts and have put the remainder in the bag with the larger quilt. I’ve got some quilting to rip out of it before I can get it quilted and bound.

That just leaves Frolic.  I mentioned yesterday my border calculations were wrong.  I spent the better part of the morning working on a new border design.  This is how far I’ve gotten on the new border. Its just under 2/3 of one side. Before I can much further I need to separate the HST I sewed together for the other border (I’m running out of fabric) and take a count of what I have and what I need. My L/E project can be the extra HSTs needed to complete the border, then I can use Easy Breezy when I get them all made.

 

  • Bind Baby 4-Patch Stacked Posies – 7/12/20
  • The blue, black and white quilt is my Frolic the goal is to finish the top. Started with 5 blocks I need 41, 16 side setting triangles. 4 corners and the pieced borders for my enlarged quilt.
    • Center complete – 7/11/2020
    • Border redesigned – 7/12/2020
  • Bonus #1 – Pillowcases:
    • Allietare
    • Narragansett Blues
  • Bonus #2: Pillowcases for quilts already completed
    • Christmas Crazy 8s
    • En Provence (2)
    • Carolina Chain
  • Bonus #3: Quilt, bind, label and make pillowcase (2) for Frolic.

40 Day Challenge – Day 38

The center of Frolic is complete.

Up next the borders – just as soon as I figure them out. I thought I had them worked out but I questioned the math. The recheck confirmed my math was wrong, so now I need to figure out the borders.

Also today I made a run to the quilt shop to pick up fabric for the binding on the Baby 4-Patch Stacked Posies. I suspect I’ll find the original fabric as soon as I finish the binding.

It’s late, so I’m headed to bed.

  • Bind Baby 4-Patch Stacked Posies
  • The blue, black and white quilt is my Frolic the goal is to finish the top. Started with 5 blocks I need 41, 16 side setting triangles. 4 corners and the pieced borders for my enlarged quilt.
    • Center complete – 7/11/2020
  • Bonus #1 – Pillowcases:
    • Allietare
    • Narragansett Blues
  • Bonus #2: Pillowcases for quilts already completed
    • Christmas Crazy 8s
    • En Provence (2)
    • Carolina Chain
  • Bonus #3: Quilt, bind, label and make pillowcase (2) for Frolic.

Easy Breezy – 11

40 Day Challenge – Day 37

3 days until it’s all over and I feel like I’m not going to get the last to items off my list.  Today was all about cutting more fabric. I have all of the gray and white HST units that I need for my inner border, and I have cut the additional sashing pieces for the 2nd half of the quilt.

Just to say I sewed on the top, I attached the sashing to the middle row and to the bottom corner triangle. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll be able to knock the rest of the center out.

The search for the binding fabric goes on.  It was not with the pillowcase.  The pillowcase was found in the linen closet. Of course knowing this, I’ll search again.

 

  • Bind Baby 4-Patch Stacked Posies
  • The blue, black and white quilt is my Frolic the goal is to finish the top. Started with 5 blocks I need 41, 16 side setting triangles. 4 corners and the pieced borders for my enlarged quilt.
    • Center blocks, setting triangles and corners completed 7/7/2020
    • 3 rows assembled 7/8/2020
    • Row 4 attached, Row 5 assembled 7/9/2020
  • Bonus #1 – Pillowcases:
    • Allietare
    • Narragansett Blues
  • Bonus #2: Pillowcases for quilts already completed
    • Christmas Crazy 8s
    • En Provence (2)
    • Carolina Chain
  • Bonus #3: Quilt, bind, label and make pillowcase (2) for Frolic.

Easy Breezy – 11

40 Day Challenge – Day 36

Yesterday was the last day I could hang the top on the design wall.  I had run out of space horizontally. So here is the top on my ‘design bed’. The last row is not attached, nor is the sashing which goes between the last two rows.  The good news is when this row is finally attached I will be past the halfway point of the center.  I also have half of the blue and half of the black borders pieced. Ironically, I’ll need the gray border first and since that was not part of the original design, I haven’t even cut it.

This is my backing fabric.  The background fabric is a 108″ digital printed fabric.  I absolutely love the colors and think it is perfect for my Frolic — other than it is about 8″ too narrow for my enlarged quilt. I decided as much as it pained me to buy a wide back and then still have to piece it it was perfect and I would worry about that “tomorrow”. Well, it’s not quite “tomorrow”, but it’s close enough that when I ran to the shop today to buy fabric for the inner border and binding, I looked around to see if I could find anything I could add to the backing. I bought two pieces because I didn’t know which would work best and decided this stripe is the answer. I will piece a few stars to go on the back, but 3 is a far cry fewer than the 15 I’d need to run them down the length of the backing.

The last few days I’ve been using the pieced border as my leader/ender project, but I need to pin together (one corner) the units in the right orientation and haven’t done that, so I pieced the last Easy Breezy block I had cut out. That brings the total to 11 blocks. I think I want 182 blocks, so I have a ways to go.

As for the baby quilt, I still have not found the binding fabric.  I think my sister was present the last time I saw it, so maybe she can remember what box I shoved it into.

  • Bind Baby 4-Patch Stacked Posies
  • The blue, black and white quilt is my Frolic the goal is to finish the top. Started with 5 blocks I need 41, 16 side setting triangles. 4 corners and the pieced borders for my enlarged quilt.
    • Center blocks, setting triangles and corners completed 7/7/2020
    • 3 rows assembled 7/8/2020
    • Row 4 attached, Row 5 assembled 7/9/2020
  • Bonus #1 – Pillowcases:
    • Allietare
    • Narragansett Blues
  • Bonus #2: Pillowcases for quilts already completed
    • Christmas Crazy 8s
    • En Provence (2)
    • Carolina Chain
  • Bonus #3: Quilt, bind, label and make pillowcase (2) for Frolic.

Easy Breezy – 11

40 Day Challenge – Day 30

Ten days left in my 40 Day Challenge and I probably should have put the binding on the baby 4-Patch Stacked Posy quilt then the only thing left would be Frolic. Perhaps I’ll do that tomorrow. Today, I finished 8 more blocks to Frolic. You’ll notice there are a few smaller blocks on the wall.  Those are the first blocks from the 2020-2021 Quiltville Leader/Ender Project – Easy Breezy.

Bonnie posted 2 different sizes and I’ve opted for the smaller 4 -1/2 inch blocks. The first two blocks I made as she showed, but given one block was getting made as I finished each Frolic block and I don’t have many pieces cut, I’m now only sewing one piece at the end of each line of stitching. I think I have 3 more blocks cut, so I’ll need to cut more blocks before I finish the rest of the Frolic blocks.

Tomorrow I hope to  finish the rest of the Frolic blocks, and at least determine what I  need to cut for the setting triangles.  Or maybe I will put the binding on the quilt. Here’s what’s left:

  • Bind Baby 4-Patch Stacked Posies
  • The blue, black and white quilt is my Frolic the goal is to finish the top. Started with 5 blocks I need 41, 16 side setting triangles. 4 corners and the pieced borders for my enlarged quilt.
    • 3 blocks 6/26/2020
    • 3 blocks 6/27/2020
    • 6 blocks 6/28/2020
    • 3 blocks 6/29/2020
    • 5 blocks 6/30/2020
    • 8 blocks 7/2/2020
  • Bonus #1 – Pillowcases:
    • Allietare
    • Narragansett Blues
  • Bonus #2: Pillowcases for quilts already completed
    • Christmas Crazy 8s
    • En Provence (2)
    • Carolina Chain
  • Bonus #3: Quilt, bind, label and make pillowcase (2) for Frolic.