Monday, January 30, 2012

Quilt with Legs and Progress on Stars in Their Eyes

Don't you just love "Downton Abbey"? I sure do. I had it on last night while I was binding this little quilt and I was enjoying it so much that from time to time I'd forget to stitch!

These are my Bonnie-Hunter-prescribed bowtie blocks all made into a quilt for a dear little girl. Andrew and Amy have friend who have a daughter about six months younger than Eli is. And nobody in their family makes quilts! I'd made a little quilt for Claire when she was born and I'm certain she is too big for it now. So when I made that CW HST quilt for Eli, I also made this one for Claire. I'm going to the Mailboxes place tomorrow to ship them off.

Progress continues on Stars in Their Eyes. Here are six of the ten star blocks finished. I haven't started the alternate blocks yet, but I imagine they will go fairly quickly. Not that I'm in a hurry. I've thoroughly enjoyed taking my time making these blocks, even to the degree that the small blocks in the borders of each star block do not repeat the fabrics in the individual block. I don't know why this matters to me, but it does. These are the biggest blocks I've ever made (and the bowties above the smallest, actually). They are 16" finished. So far -- knock on wood -- my points are all good! Unusual for me. Must have something to do with (a) pressing most seams open instead of to The Dark Side, (b) pinning pinning pinning, and (c) stitching slowly.

12 comments:

Ms. Jan said...

I'm really liking the sashing for the Willie Morris blocks!

Pat said...

Both are wonderful, and the stars show your attention to detail! I' ve started pressing seams open more and more -- much better results, especially on the pointy intersections.

Anonymous said...

Gee Nancy, I like the sashing even better than the black design wall background and I was pretty smitten with that!
Kat

Salem Stitcher said...

Sweet bow ties. I love the scrappy brown border!

Janet O. said...

Very nice little bowtie quilt!
I am loving those star blocks. It will be a beautiful quilt!

Kathie said...

I LOVE this pink and brown quilt
now you have me wanting to go pull pink and brown fabrics and whip up a little quilt!
thanks!!!!!
have a great day in this spring weather we are having
kathie

cityquilter said...

downton abbey? oh yeah...completely botched my orca bay because of watching this...LOL

pcflamingo said...

Love Downton Abbey and did you know there is an Arrested Downton blog that is a mashup of Downton Abbey photos with smarty pants Arrested Development type comments? Quite funny sometimes. Love the pink and brown bow ties! And the William Morris stars are so so so pretty!

Lori said...

Fantastic bow tie setting!! That color combo has always been a winner!

Love your star blocks as well, Nancy.

Nicole said...

Those WM star blocks are coming along great. I have a tub full of those fabrics that I can't decide what to do with. You have given me an inspiration.

Deb said...

The Morris & Co. fabric is beautiful!

Thelma said...

You decided not to shrink the blocks down to 12 inches? I love seeing that pattern come together with different fabric, I think your choice has a romantic feel to it, how perfect is that!