This N That Week 6

First, the Grow Your Blog giveaway is still on - ends February 14th.  Go here to enter to win the book. 

Second, my stash report is not much to crow about - used only .02 yards for another block for my friend: 

I saw this Twinkle Star at Angela's SoScrappy blog and fell in love with it.  I'm putting together a Christmas quilt and I wanted to find a star and this is it! This one is 6 inches square when finished.

I also now have a photo of those three blocks I made last week.  I was trying to use up two fat quarters and was able to get three blocks out of them.  

I did donate some fabric to my Guild - another 1.5 yards out, so my new YTD total is 15.48 yards. Not bad for week 6.

Hope she can use them:
These are on my design wall.  The quilt that was there is being quilted.  I've finished the grid and SITD work.  Now I will start the FMQ.
Let me show you how I hope to fill in some of those larger spaces:
I wanted to use as motifs some of the elements of the background material. So before I cut up the last of the fabric for the last border, I photocopied the length of fabric.  Then on the front side, I matched up partial flowers and stems to fill out with ghost quilting - Linda of Linda's Landscapes heard of this technique in a Martha Ginn article, example seen here.  After finding some spaces and the motifs I wanted to add, I traced them on freezer paper and cut them out.  Because I abhor taking out those itty-bitty pieces  when I stitch over it, I cut apart my motifs whenever I can so that I am stitching around the motif than through the FP.
Here's one I've cut out and you can see the cuts.  I have to keep the paper in tack so that the pieces stay together.  Here it is ironed onto the quilt top.
The one on the bottom left needs to be cut out. The one on the top left doesn't have to be completely ironed down as half the flower is there to guide me.  Hmmm. Looks like I need to continue that stem in the center top.  Photos are so helpful as we make quilting design decisions.

I'm linking over at Judy's Patchwork Times,  Esther's WOW, Lyn's BOMs Away, and Lizzie's Free Motion Mavericks.  Go check them out.

Blessings as you start your new week.


Jane in Wales said…
Lovely! I agree about photos being helpful.
Kate said…
Love that twinkle star!
Still no sewing. Taking care of my baby girl.
LynCC said…
Such great stuff happening here! I really love your extension quilting that you're doing - it's going to be really neat. And yes - that star is great. Is it for a tree top, or will it be a whole star quilt?
Muv said…
This is going to be interesting! I loved Linda's ghost quilting, and am fascinated to see how you are adapting the idea.

Thank you for linking up with Free Motion Mavericks!

Love, Muv
desertskyquilts said…
The star is great. I don't recall seeing it before, so thanks for the link. Your quilting method on that is interesting. Thanks for sharing what you're doing.
Nann said…
Thanks for the reminder about the Twinkle Star block, and the link to the tutorial.
Kate said…
The Twinkle Star turned out beautifully. It's become my favorite star block.
pinewood said…
Thanks for sharing great idea with the cut out flowers !