Greetings in the New Year!
I have great hopes of finishing projects this year, making a dent in WIP’s, and of course start new ones, we always have to do that.
Below I want to share a little story of 4″ sawtooth star quilts. ‘Hickory Road’ arrived here toward Fall last year. Since I’m shifting gears a wee bit, you know like off the road for teaching travels, 2016 was the last year. It really is time for Russ and Jo to do some traveling with no work involved. And, of course, have time for friends and family visit. A little road trips with friends, coffee, lunch, an afternoon of stitching, maybe happy hour?
Trips to see friends and family in other states is on our agenda this year.
I’m happily designing fabric lines with Moda, and also happily publishing through Martingale. This has made my life much easier. I’m also going to the Ambassador Wellness Center (aka gym) for walking and using machines, per a coach, every other day. Eating better, the trick is to stay healthy, not to take meds if possible.
And . . . I need to sort through close to 25 years of accumulation (TMI), purge old paperwork, stacks of old magazines, sorting through file drawers, figure out what we have to keep forever, what to keep for 7 years, and what can be sent to recycle. I won’t mention closets but they need attention too. The studio is a top secret mess. I think if I spend an hour here and/or there it will get done, eventually, and that is perfect for me.
I did a purchased book purge, donated them to the IQSC in Lincoln. They then sort the donation, if something is in there that they don’t have in their library, that is where the book goes. If they have it, the books are priced and sold in their gift shop. That is a big win-win for me.
So . . . need to get back on track . . . my thought is to use a block from a recent book with Martingale in a project, you have the directions to make the block, then you can make the quilt too!
The first top I made with ‘Hickory Road’, of course in Jo fashion, I threw in some pieces from ‘Spice It Up’, ‘Jo’s Shirtings’ and from ‘Reflections’. It is all about color for me, not just the line.
Hint – sort and store fabrics by color, then it is so easy to use older pieces with a new line. Kind of justifies fabric purchases when you use it, not your fault if you didn’t realize you needed to buy less. That is my story and I’m sticking to it. But, then there is always the next quilt is my justification, most always scrappy!
You will find the block in ‘Jo’s Little Favorites III’ with Martingale – quilt is named “Star Shine” – 4″ sawtooth star. You bought the book, now use it in other ways, could end up being a very favorite book.
Here is my top, recently sandwiched and am in the process of hand quilting it.
Now, if you tip the book quilt for a straight set, not on-point, voila! Make 12 blocks, but change the background to the dark fabric, the star points are the light fabric and a medium fabric in the center. Add a narrow border, maybe 2″ finished?? (cut 2 1/2″, maybe you want yours wider?).
Finally below is the second quilt I sewed with ‘Hickory Road’ and once again added blues and a brown print from ‘Timeless’ line, and some more brown prints and background prints from ‘Spice It Up’. These 4″ blocks are two fabrics this time, with light backgrounds.
‘Hickory Road’ will ship to your local or fav quilt shop this month, now you are prepared! Still a Girl Scout.
Wishes for loads of good sewing projects and finishes in 2019!