Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Twinkle Twinkle

Well, I have been making blocks and more blocks!

First off I have been plugging away at the Celestial Star QAL.  Even if you don't quilt along I definitely suggest the pattern--it's so versatile and beautiful.  And I am a paper piecing fan so it's great.

Below is the centre of my test block, waiting for the rest of it.

Celestial Star QAL

And here is the finished product!  I didn't have enough of the ivory so I decided to use some neutral low volume prints for the backdrop.  I'm happy with how it turned out!  This baby is now basted (I'm testing out spray basting!) and ready to quilt.  I am going to attempt a spiral quilting design, I figured small was the way to go.  Also I think it would suit this block.  This will eventually be a pillow for my couch.

18" celestial star block

And here's our little rider fan.  Couldn't resist sharing this picture.  She's so tough to photograph now, always on the move!


Now below is the "real deal" block.  I'm planning on doing a whole quilt.  Although with the deadline to be done in September and me going back to work next week (*sniff* so not ready), I'm going to have to really grind it out.  Love it though!

That sucka is 24" so at least it doesn't take many to make a quilt.  I am thinking of doing a few of these and then finishing out with setting blocks so a)it's a little easier, b)the stars can really stand out and c)I can actually meet the deadline.

Celestial Star Block

Celestial Star Block

Lastly, it's my turn to be the queen bee, or whatever you wish to call it, of my online bee I'm part of.  It's worth checking out the inspiration for my quilt here!

First is the modified irish chain.  Check out the chubby little wrist that made a special appearance!!!

Single Irish Chain Block

Second is the ribbon star block based on a tutorial by Lee at Freshly Pieced.

Ribbon Star

I'm excited to see what I get for this!  I will be making some more as well so that I can have a bigger quilt as, including my blocks, there will be 12 from the bee itself.  I'm thinking a total of 20 blocks for a 4x5 layout.

Hope everyone is having a delightful summer, and happy long weekend to those that get it (is it just a Canada thing?)!!


  1. Oh wow. What a beautiful block! Also the ribbon star is another favourite

  2. The blocks are great! That tester is fab - the background mix is lovely and adds so much texture...

    And that's one cute little 13th Man! She's so adorable..!

  3. Forgive me if you get this comment multiple times...please feel free to delete the extras. I can't get the comment to post so I'm giving it one last attempt:

    Wow! Your Celestial Star blocks are beautiful!! I see you're all ready to roll with the Ribbon Star/Irish Chain quilt...I'll be looking forward to seeing pictures. Love the little wrist photo bombing the Irish Chain picture :o) You have a real cutie!

  4. This is looking awesome! You are way ahead of me. I just found your email in my inbox. It got pushed down and I missed it! So I came to visit your blog and am following on Blogloving now. :) Yes, it's great to find fellow Canadian quilters! Sorry it took me so long to reply to you.

  5. Your blocks are wonderful! I especially like the "real deal." I'm so enjoying seeing everyone's blocks.

  6. I am absolutely loving your blocks, but came especially for the Celestial Star Quilt Block. It is absolutely beautiful! I have made 3 and a half of four 12 inch blocks, need to finish the last little bit. I hope to make a bigger one next time. I actually think it might be easier, lol. I enjoyed making them.