Thursday, December 4, 2014

333 Finished Stars

Yesterday I finished the last star for my Texas Star quilt:


I decided to use this low volume print, called "Warm Wishes," for my last three stars. As I got to the end I realized that I had some of my least favourite fabrics left, and I thought the last star should be nicer. I had a strip of this set aside for the binding of Mod Trips, so I cut it up and used it here instead. Against the white background they will almost disappear, and I like the idea of a few "ghost" stars among the rest.

I've been adding three background diamonds to most of the stars as I sewed:


Now I can sew the stars together without the boredom of all the white pieces. I've already made a start:


Back in August I made myself a schedule of six stars per week, in order to finish them all this year. I am so pleased that I have managed to stick to it! Some weeks I was ahead of schedule, and some weeks I had to catch up, but in the end I am right on time. If you missed some of the Ticker photos, here they all are again:


In the new year I may make another schedule for the rows, but I'll see how that looks after the holidays. After working on these for so long, it feels a little empty to think they are all done. I'll have to regroup a little now, and think about what the next big project will be. I put aside the baskets in order to finish these, so I may go back to those. We'll see!

10 comments:

  1. Wow! That's a lot of stars. Congrats for getting them all finished! Can't wait to see the quilt.:)

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  2. Clever of you to do the three background diamonds as you went. The stars look great against the background. Congratulations on sticking to the plan(and having a plan in the first place!). I can understand the immediate sense of emptiness - a bit like finishing an absorbing book and suddenly not being part of that world any more.

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    1. Thanks, Jillian! I think I was partly worried that the assembly would be onerous, but fortunately it's going well. So, I'm busy again!

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  3. Congratulations! That's quite a feat! Your quilt is going to look fantastic.

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  4. Can you hear it all the way in Canada? It's a big Whoo Hoo! Congrats on getting those all finished. They look great. Looking forward to seeing the end product.

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  5. Congrats on the big finish! I really like the way they are coming together. I also like your idea of setting an ongoing, reasonable goal for each project. I'm going to have to give that one a "think"!

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    1. Thank you! I think "reasonable" is the key. I read once that setting yourself easy goals is actually a good way to accomplish a big task, because you always get them done and don't get demoralized. It seemed to work!

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  6. Your stars all look so good...you are going to have a gorgeous quilt!

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  7. Love all those stars! Its a great achievement and like how you made a schedule to get them done. I think I need to start doing something like this too lol.

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    1. Thanks, Katherine! I frequently make myself schedules, but the only two that have worked for me so far have been this one, and the Lima Beans one. I think they were both too easy to fail!

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