Saturday, September 14, 2013

September Quilting and Star Gazing Blocks

Today was our first day of quilting since our summer break. We have 9 girls in our group, and we meet for 9 months, so I chose the first month to pick a block for the group to sew, and also the choice of color and theme of a fat quarter for everyone to exchange.

The name of the quilt is Star Gazing by The Pattern Basket. I had all the pieces pre-cut and ready to sew. I sewed 4 of them last week, and the eight girls that were here today, each sewed one for me. This will be my quilt when it is finished. There will be sashing strips that go between the blocks, and between the rows, and a border of the same background fabric all the way around the blocks. There will be another border of a different color as soon as I decide what to use. I thought I had bought a fabric to match the deep purple star on the far bottom left, but it did not match when I received it, so that is out. The blocks right now measure about 15 1/4”, which is a little shy of what the pattern says they should be. We also experienced a little problem with the pieced strip being a bit too short. We really needed to ‘stretch and pin’ to get it to fit. One of my gals suggested that maybe the pattern was wrong. I just asked a gal who also made these blocks if she had the same problem, and she said she did. She thought maybe she had cut wrong, but since we had the same problem, she did think the pattern could be wrong.

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We had a fabric exchange, and I chose ‘fun’ fabrics. Here are the FQ’s we exchanged today. Since I picked, I got two of each one!

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It was a day full of fun, food and laughter. We celebrated two birthdays, and I sewed blocks together for the Park View Quilting Ministry, but I didn’t get a top done. Maybe tomorrow.

Hope your day was fun too!

9 comments:

kath001 said...

Oh, WOW, that is gorgeous. Love the pattern. I pinned your photo with blog address. Hope that's ok.

Missy Shay said...

Sounds like a lot of fun!

Kristie said...

Lovely blocks! I had the same problem and had to stretch it a little as well.

Have a wonderful and Blessed day
Kristie

StitchinByTheLake said...

What a beautiful quilt block Michelle. I hate when a pattern is wrong but am always thankful if I can fudge a bit and make it work. Jerry and I are packing the camper for a trip to Gatlinburg. We had reservations in Estes Park, Colorado but that little town has been flooded and it's just awful. It's our favorite vacation spot so we almost feel like it's home. blessings, marlene

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Beautiful star blocks!

Renea said...

It was a fun day and I love the quilt block that you picked.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

That star quilt is lovely, and stunning. I bet it gets even better and better.

Amy , a redeemed sheep said...

That is a very neat block!!

Karen said...

These days are always good fun. I like the idea of sharing the making of the blocks. The stars look great!

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