Starfall and Patchwork Chaos

In between working on Christmas gifts I managed to finish 2 quilt tops.  It’s funny, normally I love the the little projects (like Christmas gifts).  They provide a nice change of pace from the quilts and they give me that wonderful instant gratification.  But, for some reason I just can’t get myself in the mood for them.  All that I can think of are quilts! quilts! and quilts!  So I did what I had to do and finished a couple quilts tops.

Starfall Top

First was Starfall.  The fabric is Florence by Denyse Schmidt and the pattern is from Fresh Lemons.  It’s the first time I’ve actually paid for a pattern and it was worth every penny!  Normally I take advantage of free tutorials or I figure things out on my own, but this time I really fell in love with this pattern.  There are 4 different blocks that make up this quilt and 3 out of those 4 require a y seam (or partial seam).  I have only tried a y seam one other time and that was on a BOM type of deal, where I only had to make it work for 1 block.  I remembered that it was very frustrating on that block and I wasn’t so sure I wanted to dive into a whole quilt filled with y seams.  But then I got to thinking and I decided that I wasn’t about to let a silly little specialty seam kick my butt.  Sure enough, after about 5 blocks I had a pretty good system set up and things were going really smoothly.  And I’m proud to say that I will never run away from another y-seam again. I’m stumped on how to quilt this one.  Any suggestions?  I usually stick with an all over design, but I’m gaining confidence in my FMQ’ing skills and I was thinking about doing something unique for each block.  What do you think?

Patchwork Chaos

Next up was Patchwork Chaos.  I’m calling it that because that there was absolutely no plan for this quilt.  When I pull any fabric to use I almost always cut a few 5″ and 2 1/2″  squares before I put the leftover fabric in the scrap piles/bins.  I keep ongoing stacks of the 5″ and 2 1/2″ blocks.  Once the stacks start leaning (or when the mood strikes me) I throw them together and make a quilt.   I love the simplicity of a patchwork quilt and I love making use of my scraps even more.

I can’t wait to get these 2 basted and quilted, but I guess I better go make a few more Christmas  gifts first.  I hope you all are more prepared than I am for the holidays.

Thanks for stopping by,

Mara

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8 thoughts on “Starfall and Patchwork Chaos

  1. These both look so great! I’m king of thinking a mixed up overall design would be fun for Starfall. You could pick a couple of textures you want to quilt, then randomly quilt them in different areas over the surface of the quilt so it all runs together:-)

  2. Both quilt tops look great! I usually stick with an all over design, but this does look like a great quilt to branch out. I have also fallen in love with the simplicity of patchwork quilts. Have fun.

  3. I really like the colors in these quilts. And you’re right about the pattern in that first one, totally worth it. It looks really nice! I conquered Y seams a couple years ago. It’s a steep learning curve at first, but once you get it you have it forever. Well done!

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