A home weekend
More feathered stars

Playing with fabric

RedsFor me the colder weather always brings with it the urge to stitch.  I've got itchy fingers; I want to start a new project but I'm not sure what it will be yet.  So I've dragged out my big box of fabrics to find some inspiration.

I've also been inspired by Moonstitches to unearth a project from last winter that didn't get very far.


I would describe feathered star blocks as extreme quilting - not for the faint hearted.  The first feathered star quilt top I made was paper pieced.  Thirteen stars!  That took two years.  I'm trying to speed up the process this time around by machine piecing the star blocks.


Last night I finished another block - two down, eleven to go.  I like the precision involved.  But they can be frustrating if you don't get the seam allowance exact.  The second block is slightly larger than the first.  I'm not sure what to do about that.  There might be a few discards along the way.  The worrying question is, how many star blocks will I have to make to get my matching thirteen?

Liberty_2I've also prepared two little parcels of Liberty scraps to go to some inspiring bloggers.  One is off to Japan, the other to Norway.  Some of the scraps have been in my stash for over 15 years. 


clare Carter

Wow! You like challenge.I haven't got the patience let alone the skill for that quilt.I wait enthusiastically for you gorgeous extreme quilt......


I don't know where to start! The quilt you are working on is going to be stunning! Your work is so beautiful. I love red and white together. I hope that getting the seam allowances just right will become easier and that you won't need to make too many extra stars. Although at the quilt meeting I was at last week the speakers showed a number of smaller projects made with "extra" blocks that for some reason or other hadn't worked on the quilt they were making.

I love the sight of the beautiful Liberty scraps you are sending to Japan and to me!!! Oh, joy! You are so kind! This is such sweet anticipation!
~Emily xxx


What beautiful quilt blocks and liberty prints. I have had a growing urge to design/make a quilt this winter too; I'm also going a bit mad with the knitting. Amazing what moving to a cooler climate does for one's creative urge...


Kristine, your choice of fabrics is beautiful as always! I'm so incredibly jealous of all your Liberty bits, I must admit. What do you do with all your leftovers from your clothing line? Any chance of selling some small mixed packs to a friendly blogger ;-) ?


Love the scrabs. Wish I had been one of the lucky girls.

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