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Category Archives: Ladder To The Stars


I’m sewing the sashings and cornerstones on each block and then the blocks together. Clearly, however, I need to do one block at a time.

I had trouble sewing row three to row two — my seams weren’t nesting like they should have, but I plowed ahead and sewed the long seam. Then I started putting the sashings on the next row. It was wasn’t until I was putting the individual blocks back up on the wall to verify their placement that I realized I had a problem.

I’m off to frog.

Stayed on the Straight and Narrow

Well, after an evening of fingers itching to start something new, I stayed on the straight and narrow and finished up the sashings for Ladder to the Stars. They are all finished, and I’ve got the setting triangles cut. Now to sew them together.

What’s On My Design Wall? – 10/12

Ladder to the Stars is up on the wall. The blocks have been made since May, I’m currently working on the paper pieced sashings. I’m not sewing the sashings to the blocks yet, as I’m still deciding if the blocks are in the right spots.

I’m flitting back and forth between this quilt and the DWR.

See what other quilters are up to by checking out the link’s on Judy’s blog Patchwork Times.

Stash Report Week # 41

Two weeks in a row with no fabric coming into the house. Tomorrow night is the Kansas Trouble Stash Society meeting so I’ll be in a quilt shop for at least an hour, so there is no telling what will come home with me. At least 1/2 yard of Kansas Trouble fabric.

After Monday’s marathon sewing, I was only able to spend 10 or 15 minutes at a time at the sewing machine. But still I accomplished a bit. Finished another 9 sashings for Ladder to the Stars and added arcs to both sides of 12 melons for the DWR. Saturday I had more time and it all went to the the SBS Block.

Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 281.583 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 1.125 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 76.054 yards

Net Stash: +205.529 yards (162.583 was gifted)

See how others are doing with their stash over at Patchwork Times.

Marathon Sewing

Last night I had 3 hours of uninterrupted piecing. The 34 arcs for the next row on the DWR have now been pieced and I pieced 10 more sashings for Ladder to the Stars. Didn’t get the last of the trimming finished as I simply ran out of steam.

What’s On My Design Wall? – 10/05

This does not mean I’m finished with my DWR.

This is a 6″ version of Ladder to the Stars. I designed this quilt to be raffled off by the quilting group I was in a couple of years ago. The original quilt has 12″ blocks and finished approximately 87 x 105. This one will finish around 58 x 70.

I’ve finally gotten the sashings down to a ‘science’, so need to cut the rest of the blue fabric so I can go to town on it. That’s not to say I’ve put away my DWR. The row that was up on the wall last week is complete and needs to be attached to the quilt. I’ve got the pieces for the next row sitting on my sewing machine ready to be pieced together. This coming week it will probably be a bit of both, plus this week’s SBS BOW.

Check out what other quilters are up to by visiting Patchwork Times.

Stash Report Week # 40

This week I managed to use a smidgen over a yard of fabric making my SBS blocks, cutting the background for more DWR rings and cutting the background fabric for a dozen paper pieced sashings to Ladder to the Stars (I need 80).

Nothing came in – and I stepped foot into a quilt shop on Friday. (OK, just as the store was closing, as I was waiting to the owner to go to dinner, but doesn’t it still count as being in a quilt shop?)

More fabric might have been used this week, but I traveled to Rock Springs, Kansas for String Romp. My original plan was to sew in the hotel room Saturday on the sashings, but a combination of events resulted in me driving out myself Saturday afternoon, so I didn’t bother to drag the sewing machine. The group above is the 6th grade orchestra that my husband conducted this weekend. The kids were from all over Kansas.

Back to the report:

Fabric Added this Week: 0 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 281.583 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 1.050 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 74.929 yards

Net Stash: +206.654 yards (162.583 was gifted)

See how others are doing with their stash over at Patchwork Times.

October 2009 Quilting Goals

More of the same this month.

* Keep up with the SBS BOW

* Finish the hand quilting on Josh’s Quilt – needs to be off the frame by 10/15

* Finish piecing the DWR – top needs to be done by 10/15

* Hand quilt 2 rings on DWR

* Complete Finishing Instructions for both sizes of Kansas Spirit BOM

* Machine quilt borders on Josh’s Quilt

* Make at least 4 make-up SBS blocks

* Decide on the quilting for Jeremiah’s quilt

* Work on Ladder to the Star sashings

* Keep Scraps Cut Up

Stash Report Week # 39

Since I’m focused on my DWR and my nephew’s quilt, there seldom is anything outbound except for a tiny bit used for the Sylvia’s Bridal Sampler block. Well, as I write this, I haven’t gotten the SBS block made, but I have prepared part of the fabrics I’ll need for the sashings to my 6″ Ladder to the Stars quilt. If I travel with my DH to String Romp, while he is rehearsing the youth orchestra, I’ll sew on my sashings. I need 80!

Inbound, I purchased nothing. However I won a Halloween Panel and V brought back a FQs from her trip to Idaho.

Fabric Added this Week: .875 yards
Fabric Added to Date: 281.583 yards

Fabric Used this Week: 1.375 yards
Fabric Used to Date: 73.879 yards

Net Stash: +207.704 yards (162.583 was gifted)

See how others are doing with their stash over at Patchwork Times.

June’s Goals

On the QIAD Forum, there is a thread to list your monthly goals. By the time I posted them yesterday, my June goals had already changed. But here they are:

#1 on the list is still my nephew’s quilt, I’ve got 6 1/2 blocks left to hand quilt and then I’ll machine quilt the border. I don’t know if I’ll get it done by the end of the month or not.

#2 – a new project. I came home from the quilt shop with fabric for a quilt from 40 Fabulous Quick-Cut Quilts (Fall Frolic). I’m making the quilt smaller 5 x 6 blocks and I’ve used a charm pack and jelly roll. The blocks are made. I’d like to have this quilted and bound by next Friday. We’ll see.

#3 – Various blocks. I need to make a birthday swap block done, a Kansas Spirit block, and I’d like to make some of the star blocks to go with my birthday blocks.

#4 – Sashing for Ladder to the Stars.

#5 – I’ve got to write two sets of setting instructions for the Kansas Spirit quilt — or at least get them far enough along we’ve got a good handle on yardage requirements.

#6 – Simply because I’m looking for some handwork to take to Music in the Park, Theater in the Park and on our trip at the end of the month, I’ll work on my red work snowmen. I get done what I get done.

Wow. I’m exhausted just thinking about this. We’ll see how far I get.