Saturday, August 30, 2014

Sew-a-long .....


Terry is hosting a Charming Stars sew-along....  it needs 3 charm packs (plus 2 squares) and some contrast colour so I am using up a layer cake (Papillon) I bought quite some time ago.... and have purchased a soft ivory (Bella Solid) to use for the stars.....

A range of these colours and the ivory at the bottom of the pile

The pattern is from Moda Bake Shop HERE

you can read more about it HERE ..... it's fun to sew a quilt with others and even with the same pattern all the quilts look so different..... (there is still time to join... just let Terry know) 

I still haven't finished my scrappy stars (which are made wrong so they are scrappy boxes) from Terry's sew-a-long over 2 years ago...... let's hope I make better progress this time.... but I did do some more work on them this week....


There is something masochistically satisfying about trimming up a huge pile of HST squares....


I hope I will have a bundle of finished squares by the end of the weekend

A quilt group I attend is making place mats to be given out with the local Meals on Wheels programme.  I had some left over spotty pieces which I used to practice some free motion and bound them in black.... I think they will be happy for someone....


Righto, Gotto Go... scrappy blocks to make!!!

26 comments:

Kaisievic said...

Have fun with the SAL, Fiona.

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

I'm going to check this out....thanks Fiona! I'm sure those placemats will go down well!

Christine said...

This is going to be another stunning creation. I love the colours.

Jane Galley said...

Those place mats will definitely cheer someone up, lovely. Looking forward to seeing your QAL progress

Anonymous said...

You are always busy my friend ,enjoy your SAL and love those place mats,well done and I hope you enjoy your weekend .xx

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

Your post is full of lots of inspiration....

Jennifer said...

Love those placemats - they will be appreciated, that's for sure! Enjoy your SAL,I checked out the pattern and it looks like fun.

Maria said...

Great fabrics for your Stars with Terry.
Hmm! After asking google about " masochisitally " I definitely agree with you. I have spent hours trimming back HST this week. Very painful and time consuming.
I am sure your Dotty Bright Placemats will put a smile on a few folks faces.

Karen said...

I hope you have lots of fun with the stars and those lovely fabrics.
The place mats for meals on wheels is a wonderful idea. Love your place mats.

marina said...

very pretty fabrics for your new sew along. It seems to have inspired you to bring out your forgotten sew along too.
I feel a bit ocd trimming hst. there were hundreds in the bag I got from Lynda. Boy that was hard work!
Your placements are very happy.
Happy sewing.

Chrissie said...

Lovely fabrics for your new project and I love the place mats, so bright and cheerful xcx

KaHolly said...

Your placemats will be greatly appreciated. They are bright and cheery and the FMQ that you were practicing looks perfect!

Susan said...

Lovely fabric choices, good luck with the challenge. Your placemats are great, they will definitely brighten someone's day.

Terry said...

I love the fabrics you chose for the sew-along! I'm looking forward to seeing your blocks! :0)

KERYN B said...

Beautiful quilting on the placemats what a lovely gift for someone..

KERYN B said...

Beautiful quilting on the placemats what a lovely gift for someone..

Jeanette said...

Love the placemats. I haven't decided yet on fabrics for the stitch along. :) Better see what's in the cupboard i guess. Hugs,xx

Sue SA said...

Ah gosh you are tempting me now! Here I was thinking I don't have 3 charm packs, but I do have a layer cake that is going begging! Love your funky placemats, what a great idea for FMQ practise.

Leanne said...

Perfect fabrics for your sew along, can't wait to see more. Love your placemats,

Elyte said...

That fabric will combine into very charming stars.
Those place mats will cheer up any diner, lovely bright fabrics and quilting.

Gina said...

Love the fabric you've chosen for the sew along. I'll pop over and have a look. Might be joining you xx

Sisbabestitches said...

Oh gorgeous choice of fabrics :) I have mine chosen, I think, I just keep doubting myself, lol. Masochism is the word that comes to my mind when I see that pile of hst squares :) I adore your dotty placemats, so cheery, I think there may be fights over them though :)

Cheryl said...

Love star blocks Fiona. This is going to be a lovely SAL and will be watching your progress

Raewyn said...

I have decided to join this sewalong as well - I love the fabrics you are using - not sure what I will be using, my first thought was scrappy but I'll see. The placements will definitely be a winner - great idea to use some of your practise pieces :-)

Dawn said...

Thanks for heads up about the SAL, I would join but I've already got enough on my plate, maybe next time. I'll look forward to seeing how you go. Love the placemats and your free motion quilting is terrific

Anthea said...

Damn & Blast! Fiona, you have had me sitting here, wondering whether to scramble into action & sign up for that QAL over at Terry's!
It looks like something I could actually manage but I already have plenty here to keep my sewing machine humming... maybe I will join her next one?!
And of course you will keep it up to date and not leave it unfinished for another two years, LOL!! x

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