Monday, December 14, 2015

Winner of the Fabric Samples, Stars and Fabric

The winner of the box of fabric samples is Nancy D. who lives here in Maine just as does the last winner!  No hanky-panky here I swear!  I ask my husband to choose a number and then go down the list to #36!  Simple as that!  Send me your mailing address, Nancy, and I will mail the box of 100 packets of sample fabrics.  I think there is enough for one more box and then I will go back to giving away boxes of scraps from the shop and my own sewing.

Sorry to see the Stars in a Time Warp has been most enjoyable and I pretty much kept up with it.  Ended up with 97 stars.  Here are my shawl and stick prints together in one star and the cracked ice as background in the second.  Now the job will be to find that special fabric for the plain squares...........if that doesn't happen soon, I will probably go with plan B which is to use all different squares that will result in a very busy quilt but that's okay.....I like busy!  

We are having a special exhibit for the antique quilt display at Maine Quilts this year (last weekend in July).  We put out a call for people to make small replicas of a large antique quilt of their choice.  Some of the antique quilts will be included in the display when available.  I have chosen to replicate (term used loosely!) an 1843 potholder Sampler quilt from Bristol, Maine in the Maine State Museum collection.  Forty blocks..........many very different , original blocks......some a bit complicated.....especially in my block size of 6" (originals are 13").  I marvel at the complexity of some of the blocks designed in 1843!  The sawtooth star is not difficult as it is the Same as Above!!  The little Orange Peel or Robbing Peter to Pay Paul was not as hard to design as I had anticipated since I had done a similar one in a Jo Morton club.  These are smaller, however, at 2".  Back-basting applique made fairly quick work.  These two blocks are quilted and bound.  


This block (quilted but not yet bound) was more fiddly and time-consuming and there is another like it that I will tackle will have the rows of diamonds but the 2-1/2" squares in the corners will be tiny 8-pt or Lemoyne stars. Handwork for sure!!  Plan to make the most difficult blocks first and save the easy ones for last!

Recent fabric arrival of "Color Daze" by Edyta Sitar for Moda.  Now this wonderful Indienne design appears to be a re-coloration of "Kashmir5" by Sentimental Studios.  I loved it then and I still love it!!

These motifs would be great for broderie perse!  

Nice backgrounds the top print for an applique block background.  

 This is a cheater fabric from "Color Daze"......isn't is wonderful?!?!?  I just wish prints used in the little Sunbursts could have been made in YARDAGE!!  

Aren't they great designs?!?!  Reminds me that I want to draft a little 6" sunburst for one of the surprise blocks in a 9-patch I've been working on.......for quite a long time!  Unless someone knows of a 6" pattern somewhere out there in cyberland!!?!

Lastly, I finished block #9 of Elegant Garden by Edyta Sitar (Laundry Basket Quilts) of her early pattern designs.  While I like the background I chose (a cream solid....creamier than the photo shows), I wish now that I had used varied tan subtle backgrounds as the top fabric in the photo of the stacked bolts above, but they weren't making so many of them back when I started these blocks (Long Time Ago)!  Too late now.......not going back and re-do nine blocks!  I do plan to change the original pattern from just blocks to a Medallion I will just be satisfied with that!!  

That's it from a Winter Evening in Maine......unusually warm temperatures and no snow yet!  Think some kind of record has been set for the latest first snow date!  Hope we have snow before Christmas but it does not look too promising!


  1. Great projects, great fabrics (love the cheater cloth)--and I love block #9!
    This link is to a 6" sunburst pattern, but it is different from the one in the cheater cloth. The pattern,link is at the bottom of the post.

  2. Love the applique block and the cheater fabric, wonderful and congratulations to the Winner.

  3. beautiful new fabrics and lovely little blocks....i would think EQ might be able to do a small sunburst for you...

  4. I have so enjoyed seeing your star blocks and can't wait to see how you decide to set your blocks. I love the new fabric you showed.

  5. The Maine exhibit sounds wonderful! Wish I wasnt on the opposite coast!!

  6. I agree with Lori. It's pretty tempting to come for the show. I think Bonnie has taught at it.
    I, too, am sad that the Stars in a Time Warp program is over. It kept me focused. I wonder if there will be something similar for 2016.
    Love your blocks!

  7. I always enjoy your blocks. It's been wonderful gift from Barbara B. That's a great new line and would make some beautiful Broderie Perse.

  8. Your stars are beautiful. I missed seeing them last week. I can't wait to see the next potholder block! I guess I'd better start my entry. I said not later than Jan. 1st so I still have a few weeks! I think we all need to contact Edyta and see if we can get all those fantastic fabrics printed as yardage. Maybe if we all promise to buy a bolt of each - yikes!

  9. I am so excited to have won the samples!! What a great Christmas it will be going through them when the box arrives. Those new fabrics are definitely great border fabrics, I can see myself using one in the future. Have yet to do any needle turn; but your block inspires me to do so. We spoke about it once, and I even bought a spool of thread that you use. Maybe this year will be the time. Merry Christmas!!

  10. Congrats to Nancy.
    thanks Cyndi for sharing these fabrics!

  11. I'm going to miss the star sew along too. Lovely blocks!

  12. Barbara's stars was an incredible adventure ! Lovely blocks as usual and awesome fabrics !!!
    And congratulations to the winner !

  13. Impressive, 2" blocks sound wonderful! I'm looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

    1. The blocks are 6" but the nine little units (probably pieced in the original but appliqued by me!) in the block are 2". I just learned today that the block is called "Pincushion".

  14. I would love to win the next fabric sample box -as I love to make little quilts!