Sunday, July 11, 2010

WHAT'S PERCOLATING?

It has been a whole week since I posted. Time flies! I don't have as much done as I would have liked to accomplish. I will show you the week's progress.

I now have 17 of the Magic Star blocks done. These are like the star I showed a picture demo of in the last post. I showed how to construct a star composed of diamonds and the dreaded "Y" seam by using only squares and rectangles. I need 25 stars for the design I have in my mind.
The fabrics I am using are almost all Kansas Trouble fabrics. I purchased a box full of them from Carol of Brown Quilts when she was "destashing" her fabric closet. I added to them what I had in my stash. Now I have some more of that brand of fabric donated to me by a good friend. The stars will have light sashing strips surrounding them. I realize the blocks have a dark look but that suits me fine.

I also have been stitching on a large applique block. The block is from "Love Letters" which is a quilt design in "When the Cold Wind Blows". I have some buds to stitch on the inside of the circle yet. The block is large and that is what is not making me happy. I just am not enjoying stitching on it as much as I should be. It takes so long to accomplish anything on the block to see that it actually looks like something. I so want to stitch on another project but I won't switch until I complete this block.
Back to the sewing room. I am getting anxious to finish those star blocks. I hope to have them done over the next two days so I can get the center of the quilt sewn together.

Glad you stopped by for a visit. Come again soon!

Karen

33 comments:

LeKaQuilt said...

Hi Karen, I feelt like you when I sew my first Love Letter block - but they are easy to get dependent on :o) Your new star quilt looks greate !

Myra said...

Hi Karen!! Your Magic Star blocks are awesome! I must bookmark your tute for future use, cause I must give your method a go sometime! 8-)

What size is that appliqued block of yours? It is looking wonderful!!!

Happy stitchings!

Yvette said...

You sure did have a lot brewing this week. Those blocks look great!

Crispy said...

I LOVE the star blocks!! Those Love Letter blocks are HUGE!!!, but very pretty.

Crispy

Karen said...

Beautiful!! The star blocks just tug at me...can't wait to see it completed.

Diane said...

Luv the Star blocks and the darker colors you're using-I went and added that book to my wish list on Amazon! Your applique block is very pretty-stick with it!
See you've got Kaaren's Raggedy and Friends button on your sidebar too! That will be a fun one, I think!

Darlene said...

You've been doing quite a bit of percolating. WooHoo!!!!

Love your star blocks - very nice.

I really like your Love Letters block.

Winona said...

Your Magic Star blocks are very pretty. I love dark fabrics. Have a great week. Winona

sewprimitive karen said...

Wow, you are burning up the track. I lovelove the When the Cold Wind Blows block.

Kathie said...

well keep it up and you will have all the blocks done this week, the stars are just beautiful!
the applique block looks great too, I love that book!
kathie

*Stitches* said...

ahhh...i'm lov'in your new blocks!!! can't wait to see them finished up!

Anonymous said...

You've been busy...no wonder you hadn't posted! Karen, your stars are fantastic!!!

Sue said...

Those star blocks are beautiful and I love all of Kansas Troubles fabrics.

I have the book 'When the Cold Wind Blows. Your block is just lovely!!

Allie said...

Karen the star blocks are just gorgeous and I love the darker color. Very country/primitive, but elegant too.
That's a lot of stitching on that applique block - are you doing the whole quilt? I really prefer shorter projects myself, but when I'm listening to an audio book I go for hours and don't realize how much I'm actually getting done, lol.

Lauralee @ The Eclectic Stitcher said...

Love the star blocks ~ the red is a great color for them and all the Kansas Trouble fabrics are fabulous!

Quilts And Pieces said...

Oh your star blocks are wonderful!

Miriam said...

You have been very busy!!!
Your star blocks are great!

Sue-Anne said...

I love your star blocks - great tutorial! Keep going with the applique, it looks fantastic. I have that book and that quilt is on my list of To Do's. Just think how quickly you will have the quilt finished because they are big blocks!

QuiltSue said...

What beautiful blocks. I will have to have a go at this using your methods, thank you.

Kaaren said...

I think you've accomplished a whole lot, Karen. There's a lot of time consuming work in both those blocks.

One thing that both piecing and applique have taught me and is patience...and I'm still learning.

Great job!

Lori said...

Wow! The blocks are fantastic and you are making such great progress.

I love your applique block!!! Nice work!!

Quilter Kathy said...

Love these star blocks...each one looks so different and together they are gorgeous!

Gwendie said...

I know what you mean when you applique a large block - but think of either how few you need for the quilt or that the quilt will actually fit your bed! Each block does take longer, but the entire quilt doesn't.

The Star book sounded so interesting that I ordered it and it's on its way!!! Is the center seam any easier? I'm thinking of the very middle where everything comes together.

Sharon said...

Wow, you've been busy. Love what you posted about, stars are probably my fav block and I love applique. Lovely fabrics you are using for the appl project.

Anne Heidi said...

Those star blocks are rally looking great! Hope you'll learn to love your big block as well :-)

Margaret said...

Oh my gosh! I just love both projects! But especially the BBD piece. I think applique always wins my heart. lol!

About hornbooks, they're really for decoration now -- except for the one with the holes. that one can be used to hold one's threads for a project. The hornbooks are just based on the olden days when kids used hornbooks during school for learning. If you google hornbooks, I bet you can find all sorts of interesting history on the subject. For stitchers, they're just fun! And they involve alphabets, usually, which is appropriate for a hornbook.

Laurie said...

Hi Karen,
the way to perfection is to do it over and over; so you will become perfect at these stars. They look like perfection already.

Dixie said...

Your star blocks look fantastic - Kansas Troubles fabric is a good choice. You applique block is beautiful - love the fabrics you chose. I agree the Blackbird and Patek applique blocks take a long time to make, but they are so worth it!

Daniëlle said...

All blocks finished?? Hope so, love your fabrics! No big blocks for me! Have piles and piles of UFO's so busy whenever I can hihi! happy sewing, hugs, Daniëlle

Karen said...

The applique block is looking wonderful! Don't give up!

Nicole said...

The Magic Star blocks are awesome! And your applique is making me want to get started on a new project. I don't know why I put off doing applique, I love it so much in a quilt.

Martha said...

You star blocks are so pretty -- I love the way the tips looks on this pattern. Your fabrics and colors are perfect!

LuAnn said...

I love your applique' from When The Cold Wind Blows. The Blackbird Design books are always full of good stitching.