I am joining the weekly To-Do Tuesday Linky Party hosted by my friend, Roseanne, at Home Sewn By Us. I find goal-setting to be extremely helpful to get more accomplished, and since I’m always trying to get one more project done, I’m all for a little extra push and/or encouragement.
To-Do for the week of December 31st-January 6th:
- Sew the Chevron arms for my Stargazer quilt. – Nope!
- Go to Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver. √ Done
- Make two more Pearson Tree Farm Blocks – √ Done
I started to sew the chevron units together on Wednesday (the first day of 2020) and was just having a heck of a time getting the seams to line up, and I wasn’t having fun. I’m fairly good at matching seams, and I’m sure I could have eventually matched all the seams in the chevron units to my “good-enough” standard, but I just wasn’t feeling it. I spent a little time looking at Modern Triangle Quilts by Rebecca Bryan who is the designer of the 2019 Block of the Month Stargazer quilt (the units in Stargazer are adaptations of blocks in her book). And that night, when I couldn’t sleep well at all, I started redesigning in my head the chevron sections of my soon-to-be-modified Stargazer quilt, which also would eliminate the matching of many other seams of the blocks that surround the chevron units.
So I eventually decided to modify the Stargazer quilt highlighting the block I like best (Rebecca calls it the Starbucks block) using purple and blue solids. After participating in the Rebecca’s Playful Color Quilt Guild for several months now, my confidence in combining different colors has greatly increased, and I’m really liking how the colors play off of it each other. Below is a pic of the center Starbucks star on the left, and two blocks to the right of the center star (a simple diamond block made from quarter base triangles and another Starbucks star) form the right arm of the quilt.
I did make it to Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver and found some lovely metallic Cloud 9 Glimmer fabric in Silver that will be the nearly white fabric in my Monochromatic in Blue Solstice 2020 Block of the Month Quilt designed by Rebecca Bryan. I truly love her teal monochromatic mock-up which is my all-time favorite color scheme, but I’m going for more of a blue Christmas lights kind of vibe for this quilt. Gotta branch out a little!
These paper-pieced trees for the Pearson family went together quickly. (Please see my To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update #20 post for more information about these donation blocks).
To-Do for the week of January 7th-January 13th
- Sew the other three arms (left, top, and bottom) for my modified Stargazer quilt.
- Sew the base triangles to paper-pieced triangle units to form 6.5” square blocks for the Stargazer quilt top.
- Cut some 1.5” red squares for the red postage stamp quilt being made by Sandy of Gray Barn Designs.
Linking up to Home Sewn By Us: To-Do Tuesday Weekly Progress Update Linky #22.
Good Morning Mary! I’m so glad you stopped with the chevron sewing when it was giving you issues. Had you kept on, you definitely would have made it work but probably ended up hating the quilt. I usually put the whole thing in time out and then it becomes a UFO because I forget to take it out of time out! I think your solution really works well. Oooh, those colors play so nicely together. I’m sure it was a great hardship to go quilt shop visiting, and finding some new fabric. NOT! And your trees look fab. Thank you for linking up this week. ~smile~ Roseanne
I live in northern Colorado, but had never heard of Fancy Tiger Crafts – now I’m going to have to visit it! The Soltice quilt looks just amazing, as do the Stargazer blocks!
Mary — I love your trees! And I can’t wait to get some more red squares–Thank you for offering to support my madness….
Looking back to last week and forward to this, it seems you have some great projects going at your house. Thanks for the link on the red squares. That’s an amazing project! I’m not sure I want to go so small! But I like the idea in general. I also don’t think I want to know how many squares in advance. LOL