Sunday, January 31, 2010
Saturday, January 30, 2010
While viewing Teresa's personal blog, I noticed she is very involved in helping others through her quilting. I know she will be a great person for us to learn from.
Here is a little information that Teresa shared with me:
My name is Teresa Fredenburg from Corona California and I found your blog the other day and fell in love with the Star Crazy Quilt. I didn't sign up with The Quilt Show right away but I kept thinking and thinking about the Quilt. Finally I couldn't take it any longer and just HAD to make it, hahaha.
I just recently started a quilting blog and I posted about the Star Crazy Quilt , here's my blog site http://thefabricstopshere.blogspot.com/
Please add me to your Star Crazy Log and we can all go crazy together while having a great time making this gorgeous quilt.
May your stitches be many and your seam ripper go unused!!
I love how she signed off.
Friday, January 29, 2010
All of the long, white borders have been cut, marked and placed in a plasticbag - I thought, for a little while.... I was happy, for a couple of minutes, it went so smoothly and quick ( I don't like this part very much), until I realised I have just cut half of the borders :o/ Well well, the rest will have to wait for a couple of days. I was quite surprised that the width of one of the borders were just 1 1/4", thats not much! I checked it over and over, so I think it must be right. Please let me know if I have misunderstood.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend!
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Brenda signed up for The Quilt Show and will be making the quilt with her own fabrics. I think seeing the variety of fabrics we are all using will make the quilt even more interesting.
Brenda has a blog Quilting Cowgirl with this picture as her logo. Her profile said this:
I am a native of Mississippi, who found her way to Atlanta several years ago. My husband and I live in Tucker, outside of Atlanta. I am a media specialist in one of our local counties. I enjoy quilting, reading, traveling, and cooking.
Brenda, if you only knew. When I was a little girl I was raised in a big city outside of San Francisco. My dream was to become a cow girl. My stick horse was the closest thing I ever got towards my goal, but I still love anything "cowgirl".
Lori has joined The Quilt Show for the first time, and will be making Star Crazy from her own fabrics.
She has a blog called "Oodles of Noodles" (See the sidebar to follow)
Lori is a mom, and loves her bassets. In sharing her feelings about quilting Lori said "I started sewing garments as a young girl then, about 1994 I discovered quilting.
Needless to say I don't sew garments anymore."
How many of us relate to that?!
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Welcome to Diane Kapetanic from Illinois.
Diane is also a knitter and has a blog called Studio Knits that shows all of her beautiful works. It's been a while since she has posted on her blog, but wants to get back into the swing of things soon.
I asked Diane to share a little bit about herself so we could get to know her better and this is what she wrote:
I'm just returning to quilting after a few years off working away from home. I now have the luxury of time and have fallen in love with my sewing again. I'm a retired grandma of ten who lives on a small farm in central Illinois. I'm an avid gardener, raise chickens & ducks, and a few head of cattle. I think this spring will see a few little piglets joining our menagerie. Oh, and I dream of owning a long arm quilting machine every single evening lately. Sigh! At least I can see it in my dreams.
We have a new member that has joined our group. Carolyn Sands is from Texas, although she and her husband will soon be moving to Michigan. Carolyn has been a member of The Quilt Show, currently doesn't have a blog, but hopefully will be posting pictures of her quilt so we can see her progress.
She will be working from her stash, and I'm excited to see the colors that will be used.
*remember, anyone can join us anytime. You can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
You need to be a member of, (or run over and join!) The Quilt Show so you can download the patterns each month.
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
I am also happy to have this much finished and am looking forward to next week when I can start on the February blocks.
I didn't really go anywhere I was just taking a rest from blog land. I needed to get some things done and get re-prioritized... My stars are still not finished I hope to get that done this week while my husband is traveling for business. I want to be ready for the new ones when they are out.
Friday, January 22, 2010
Hi friends :o)
I can see you have all made such beautiful blocks, I love that there are so many choises of colours! It will be really exciting to see how they all turn out in the end.
Still waiting for my fabrics for the quilt, but at least yesterday I got to know that the parcel has arrived to Oslo, Norway. So today have have sent some papers to the customs to get it cleared, I really really hope I have it in the beginning of next week. Feel like I'm way behind you all - and I dont like it :o)
Wishing you all a wonderful and creative weekend!
(I added the picture to brigthen up the post a bit :o))
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Even though I love to paper-piece, I wasn't sure that's how I wanted to make the HSTs. I gave it a try, and I'm hooked! I'm thrilled with how accurate they are.
I'm counting on your inspiration (or peer pressure) to keep me on track with this project!
See you next month,
Saturday, January 16, 2010
Friday, January 15, 2010
Thursday, January 14, 2010
I am trying to upload my photo of the January stars using my flickr account seeing as I can't seem to get the photo to upload straight on to the blog using blogger for some reason. Let's see if this works. (edited: It cut part of the picture off I see, if you click on it you will see the whole photo in flickr.)
Wednesday, January 13, 2010
- I will be changing a few fabrics so I will have more contrast in my stars.
- My blocks are a little oversized so I will try to sew a true 1/4" unlike the scant 1/4" that I like to sew
Today has been another wonderful day. We have had 3 more ladies (making our total now at 17) who have signed up with our group:
1.) Yuki Nakamoto of Maryland. You can follow Yuki's blog "Yuki Quilts" on our sidebar. Yuki has been quilting since 1990, was a professional seamstress before that, and is now a computer programmer. She has 3 cats, and loves to quilt.
2.) Patty Young is from Bakersfield, CA. I haven't heard back from her to know if she has a personal blog yet. She already belonged to The Quilt Show, and I am looking forward to getting to know her a little better.
3.) Cynthia Horst recently moved to Florida, but previously lived in Utah. She is a wife, a mother of 6, and grandmother to 2. You can follow Cynthia's personal blog "Music To Our Ears" on the sidebar. Even though we have never met, we know some of the same friends, and have lived in some of the same cities.
Welcome Yuki, Patty and Cynthia! We are very happy to have you as part of our group!
Tuesday, January 12, 2010
Kelly is from the Cleveland area and her blog is Kelly Kwilts. She is now on our side bar, so make sure to run over and see her beautiful work. I noticed she has the patience and dedication to do Dear Jane. Woa.
I will need to start over and make this correct by making the seam allowance smaller than the 1/4 inch normally taken.
Is anyone else having this problem with their printers?
We have a new member to our group. We welcome Tina Craig from Rhode Island http://www.seaside-stitches.blogspot.com/
Tina heard about us from reading Jackie's blog.
I have loved reading the progress all of you have been making on your January blocks. Great job! Thank you for the posts and the updates.
Monday, January 11, 2010
I noticed on the blog listed on the side bar that you have me down as KarenFae - that is just my blogger name as Karen was already taken - I sign in with that for yahoo, g-mail, blogger ect. My middle name is Fae which is a different spelling than most use so it is just a combo of my first and middle name - I just go by Karen.
SO.........as this moves along, will we follow the number on the pp sheet or the number in the actual block instructions? Shall I make 12 or all 24?
Also, I think I, personally, will cut fabric pieces as I'm ready to use them. It seems too tricky to try to keep all the sizes labeled by cutting them all at once. I'll mark them off with pencil as I move along the cutting instructions. What do you guys think?
Sunday, January 10, 2010
This is going to be a fun group. I love this quilt. I have my fingers into way too many things so I thought why not add one more :) I have my HSTs made for this month but nothing else done so far. The weekend got away from me becuase we were pulling down he Christmas tree and it is my Daughter's birthday. Here is a pic of my progress so far.
Can't wait to spend more time with you all... Jewel
Saturday, January 9, 2010
I have a blog Empty Nest Gardens and Quilts and you can find it here I have put one post on my blog about the Star Crazy Quilt. My fabrics are red, white and black.
I look forward to getting to know each of you. Thank you Nedra for putting this all together and thank you Jackie for telling me about Nedra.
Until next time,
I am so excited to be a part of this group. I decided a few months ago that I was going to make the Star Crazy quilt, basically the minute that I saw it. What fun to have a group of people to help keep me on task for the year. I have been working on the month one installment. This was my progress as of last weekend.
I just got my background fabric yesterday and have my instructions printed out but it will be next week before I start as I have to clear off my work table first and get some things out of the way. I'm looking forward to seeing the progress everyone makes.
I will do a blog post on my blog later today about this quilt and the group.
I am Merete from Norway. I have been quilitng for some years now and I love it. I have my own blog, www.myequilitingoglittannet.blogspot.com, where I write about quilting, knitting, other hobbies and anything else that could be interesting :o)
This is my first BOM, so Im really exited! And I think its great to have a 'support'-group for all questions and thoughts and lots of inspiration :o) I have ordered the BOM kit some days ago, and I know its on its way over the ocean to me. Hoping to get it soon, because Im eager to start!
Today I printed out the instructions and the blocks for January. And I measured the 1"-square at page 9, it turned out to be 1/16" too small. So now my loving husband is pulling his hair to make it 1" exactly on the printout, and Im sure he will figure it out. What would I do without him :o)
So, nothing more to 'report' this time.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Here is a picture you can use for a button for your sidebar. Make sure to add the link http://starcrazylog.blogspot.com/
For those of us who have blogs, may I suggest that you do a post about our new web site? It's early enough in the year to add more friends, and they will most likely hear about our site from you.
I am double posting about my progress on Star Crazy. I have already copied three of my previous posts about the BOM. (I just learned how to copy from one blogger account to another, so if you have any questions, please e-mail me.)
Thank you again for joining me in this venture. I am having fun already!
Nice header up on top.......looks familiar.....:)
I went over all the instructions from Sue last nite (again), pumped up my ironing board.......discovered that my one-inch test is a 16th off......
Today, I'm washing fabrics, cutting those long border strips, getting all organized.......I'm happy to be finally seriously starting.
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
I got up early this morning to start piecing the HST into blocks.
Arrrgh! They didn't match up! I love paper piecing because they make the squares EXACT, even with the bias edges.
So what went wrong?
Here is your first tip when making this quilt: Read and follow ALL the instructions. On page 9 there is a test square. I saw it and didn't pay much attention because I have downloaded HST on my computer before and haven't had a problem.
When I got my trusty ruler out, guess what? The one-inch test pattern did not measure one-inch for me.
***So check your test pattern first before you begin to sew!
All computers download differently.
The pattern needs a lot of 2" and 1 1/2" half square triangles.
Fortunately I have a lot of these I can work with, and I have extra fabric.
Maybe I should have titled this post "Live and Learn".
A little embarrassing since I have taken it upon myself to lead this group! But I want you know, I am learning along with you, and even with this small set back, I'm having fun!
I will share with you my mistakes, and my successes.
In truth, I made this mistake just for you. Really.
*kathyg: you left a message on the comment section saying you want to join us, but you didn't leave an e-mail or a way to reach you. We'd love to have you along! Please send more information.
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
I asked if anyone wanted to make this quilt with me. I have been so pleased with the response.
We now have 12 in our group:
1.) Jan K./UT
2.) Jewel/ CA
3.) Jackie K./CT
4.) Rae Ann N./ UT
5.) Kathy C. / OK
6.) Annie/ IL
7.) Kristin/ New England
8.) Merete/ Norway
9.) Sharon/ IL
10.) Karen/ AR
11.) Tracey/ United Kingdom
This is going to be fun! We will encourage each other on every month, and have a fun quilt to show (hopefully) a year from now.
Today my friend Jan K. came over and we started on the January block.
To keep track of her fabric selections, Jan gave each color a number.
The instructions say to cut the borders out first. One of the reasons I am so thrilled to be sewing next to Jan is because she is Miss Organized. She had labeled all of the border cuts and and placed them in a zip lock bag.
Star Crazy is designed by Sue Garman. Very clear instructions that offer all the printouts for paper piecing the stars. The instructions say even a beginner can make this quilt. I agree. The paper piecing part is easy, and I really like how accurate the half square triangles turn out.
Jan working away.
Jan is making hers out of batiks.
Today I finished paper piecing the January blocks, and all the half square triangles are now ironed. I will show you the finished blocks once they are completed.
Saturday, January 2, 2010
If you are a member of The Quilt Show you can download the patterns for free. If you are not a member, run over and sign up! The yearly membership is worth the patterns alone, plus you get to watch all their shows, and the other fun things going on with their web site.
When I worked at the Houston show, I stood right by the 2010 pieced BOM "Star Crazy" (84" X 84") for several days, and fell in love.
Both quilts are available in kits and can be ordered from The Quilt Show Shoppe. I have watched my friend Patti work very hard. She has been cutting kits for months and months. The fabrics for the pieced BOM are from Alex Anderson's collection "Wisperings" by P&B Textiles.
My friend Jan K. and I are making this quilt together. Anyone else is welcome to join us if you are interested! (Just let me know).