Magic Stars Quilt, with Sarah Jane fabrics

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…with fabric by Sarah Jane.  A relative of mine fell in love with her work and asked me to make her a quilt for her daughter, who has a name similar to mine.

(I couldn’t say no.)magicstars_2

I found the pattern on Michael Miller’s Website, and followed it exactly. magicstars_3 magicstars_4

I made it over the break between Christmas and New Year’s.  You can see my husband’s nutcracker collection on top of our hutch.magicstars_5 magicstars_6 magicstars_7 magicstars_8picking-up

I trundled it off to my longarm quilter, and she did a quick turn-around.  It’s always a happy day to pick up a quilt from Cathy.  This fabric is very silky, and I enjoyed working with it.magicstars_9 magicstars_10front

And on my birthday, I declare it done!  Happy New Year, Happy New Quilt.  This is Quilt #176 on my list of 200 quilts.  I never thought I’d reach 176 quilts.  If you haven’t started your list, do so now.
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We chose a pattern called “party ribbons” for the quilting, as it fit in with the theme of the fabric.magicstars_12a-back-detail

The backing has unicorns with touches of gilt bushes.magicstars_13-quilting magicstars_14a magicstars_14b

I packaged it up and sent it off, the people in the Post Office helping me find just the right box.

(I love my post office.)

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I didn’t label it because it was going to live at someone else’s home, but if I could, it would look like the one above.
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Rebecca sent me this photo of the quilt on her daughter’s bed.  So glad they both like it!

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A Little Christmas Treat: Spritz

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I couldn’t resist this illustration of a a Spritz Christmas Cookie, as it looked so much like one of our quilts (first seen on They Draw and Cook).  And don’t we all need a moment of sweets–that is–EASY sweets. I like to add about 1/2 tsp. almond extract, as I love almond flavors at Christmastime (can also sprinkle with finely chopped almonds).

Enjoy!

 

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To Do List and En Provence Mystery Quilt

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In one month, I finished off two things.  And added one: Quiltville Bonnie Hunter’s En Provence Mystery Quilt.  In my defense, I also finished making all the words for the Alphabet Quilt, and just picked up the Halloween Quilt from the quilter’s, which now needs binding.  Wait, I may have added one more thing: setting the brain working on what to do with the Christmas Tree Blocks, and if I’ll make any more.en-provence_1

Part one of the En Provence Mystery Quilt asked us to make 221 of these four-patch groups.  I was able to make 207, and will find the time to make the others in the future.en-provence_2

Part Two asked us to use the Tri-Recs tool and make 100 of these units.  I started in on scrappy (above) but soon switched to one-fabric, running out before I finished.  Never fear.  More fabric is en route to finish them off.en-provence_2a

I’m pretty sure that’s about as caught up as I’m going to be from here on out, but it’s a good start.

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Click •here• to see what’s up on her website.

Warning: she has a TON of blinky advertisements, but very graciously has created a PDF of each step that we can download.  And never fear, you will able to purchase her pattern after the Quiltville Mystery is over with in her online shop.

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Christmas Tree Block Swap

GoodHeartQuiltersBanner2016This picture-filled post shows when a bunch of the local Good Heart Quilters (my little quilting group) got together to trade Christmas Tree blocks (pattern found on *this* post).  Usually we don’t meet in December, but then Leisa had this idea about these Christmas Tree blocks.  Those who were interested in the swap came together in a Flash Mob Quilt Night; we had a great time, although family trips and sickness prevented some from coming.
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We’re nothing if not helpful.  Some of us had our trees already made, so we all pitched in a sewed, ironed and trimmed the others’ blocks so we all went away with our set.xmastreeswap_3 xmastreeswap_4 xmastreeswap_5

We dealt out all the blocks.  I asked everyone to count their blocks (below), for after an evening of letting loose with children-and-husband-and-life stories, lots of laughing, too many delicious cookies, I couldn’t be depended on to get the numbers right.xmastreeswap_6 xmastreeswap_7

Trying it vertical.  Hmmmm.xmastreeswap_8

This is one of mine, made afterwards, with a bit of my husband’s blue-and-white plaid shirt.xmastreeswap_9

Fun fussy-cutting.xmastreeswap_10

Now I either need to make 4 more blocks, or rethink everything and add a ton more.  We could use another Christmas TV-watching quilt, because of:

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The Crown, streaming off of Netflix, fictionalizing Queen Elizabeth as a young woman.

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Poldark, on PBS (we watched the first season via CDs from Netflix).

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And apparently Endeavor, a crowd-pleaser in our house, will return for a fourth season.

Oh, and then there’s that big event called Christmas, which needs some time…Happy Quilting!

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