Friday, November 25, 2016

The Most Quiltiest Time...

Here's the sky outside at about 8:15 this morning. I'm sure that all over the northern hemisphere people are looking out at similar scenes these days. The clouds are so thick that the street lights come on in the middle of the afternoon, and inside we have the lights on all day. Nothing inspires me to quilt more than a day like this! To me it's the most, quiltiest time of the year.

Bonnie Hunter's first clue for En Provence came out this morning. You can read it here, for the next two months. We're making a whole bunch of all-white four patch blocks. "Woo hoo," I thought at first, "easy!" But...then I thought maybe this would be a fun place to do something silly with my flamingo fabric...

"Maybe I should wait and see how the squares are used before I make any commitments," I thought. (Although, on further reflection there's no way I'm going to fussy cut this fabric 200+ times. But, I decided to wait and see, so that's what I'll do.)

Outside, it is still perfect quilting weather:

Plus, I've been waiting all month to start a new project today. A new project. Today.

Allietare is the obvious substitution. It's so close to finished.

All the red blocks are done, and I just have seven of the black star blocks left.

So, I put this one together. Six left.

Then I remembered that it's AHIQ again this week! Thank goodness! The Allietare blocks are beautiful, but they are slow going with a lot of seams to match. 

Back in October I started a new improv-ish project. But I only made a couple of blocks before my back fell apart. Now I have like a "free week" to get that moving. This is it -- Liberated Stars!

These are Gwen Marston's style of liberated star block. I love the way they look, and they are fun to make, too. I should have had some in my Gwennie Medallion, but I wanted to re-purpose those bear claws instead.

Now I've decided to make a whole quilt of liberated stars. Liberated Stars for a New Day.

Yes! Remember this crazy thing?

That will be the centre. It's still a medallion, but Sue Garman's feathered star is the only thing left of her pattern. Last year I simplified it by enlarging all the pieces to suit my low-thread count fabric. This year I am going to liberate all the stars, large and small. 

I plan to make it much scrappier, too. I bought a lot of that Heirloom Manor collection from Connecting Threads (on sale now), which is very brown and tan. Now it will be primarily used for the backgrounds, and I'll use brighter scraps for the stars.

In fact, all those bright yellow star points are reclaimed fabric from Cardinal Stars. I had tons left over when I redesigned it, and I just couldn't bring myself to throw it all out.

I spent one evening watching tv with the seam ripper, and reduced the old hsts back into triangles. I know it seems crazy, and you may be relieved to know that the black triangles all went in the garbage!

But, I really think it was worth it, because you need triangles anyway to make the liberated stars, and everything was just the right size.

And this intense yellow does look sharp on the navy background:

There are some Brinton Hall leftovers in the centres, too. 

Scrappy and liberated seems way more interesting than my previous plans for this quilt. I've been thinking about and redesigning Stars for a New Day for years now. I guess it takes as long as it takes, because this is the plan that has traction and that I am 100% happy with. Another star quilt!

Let's hope I can do a little more before Bonnie's next clue for En Provence. :D


  1. this project is coming along well loving the yellow as it is so bright and cheerful on these winter days

  2. You do yellow better than anyone. I have some feathered stars and some liberated stars to work on, too. Not sure when I'll get to them but it's good to see yours. It sounds like you have some good plans.
    Thanks for linking to AHIQ.

  3. Quilting time indeed! I love your plan - wonky stars have such a happy look to them and I always like to see lots of them together. The colours are the perfect antidote to wintery grey and gloom.

  4. Love when you're doing with your scrappy yellow liberated stars. They especially look bright on a gloomy day. I've got to get out of my controlled rut and try some of those.

  5. I can't resist repurposing and scrappy is close to my heart - so this fills me with energy. I also love 'this crazy thing'. A totally amazing conception and plan - it's going to be awesome.

    1. Thanks, Jillian! I do have a good feeling about this one. And, it is feeling more like play than like work, which makes me wonder what's up with all those "work" quilts!

  6. You are so right about it being the quiltiest time of the year. After breakfast and a tramp through the woods, it was indoors with lights blazing to spend the day in the sewing room. Bliss, really though just bits and pieces done. Loving all that sunshiny yellow.

    1. Thanks, Jocelyn! Yes, some cozy stitching is the perfect answer to the dark days outside. Today I am thinking that I have to sew those white four patches after all. We'll see how that goes!

  7. Wow! Stars for a new day. That's really going back in time to finish a project. I love the Gwen Marston wonky stars. And now I see all the stuff I've been missing with not blogging myself. I have lost contact with some folks and I'm trying to catch up.

  8. Love your Gwenny & yellow stars! I totally missed the AHIQ linkup this month - I was off by a week! I think your thoughts on this project sound wonderful. It will be fun to watch your progress. Yes, good quilting weather around here. Make your own sunshine, right?!

    Loving your allitare blocks too!


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