Sunday, October 18, 2015

My Lucky Stars - a Finish!

Wow, October already!  I can't believe it's been so long since my last post!  But it's been a busy month and I have lots to share with you.

The quilt show has come and gone and was, I think, pretty successful!  I'm not quite recovered, but I'm slowly getting there.  It was a long time getting ready for the show, and then a long weekend with a lot of work during the show.  I got very tired . . . but it was also a lot of fun at the same time.

I managed to finish all six of my quilts in time.  Whew!  I wasn't sure I could do it, but I did.  Yay!

So, since I teased you a couple of times with this one, I will show this completed quilt first:

My Lucky Stars
Ta da!  My Lucky Stars quilt.  It finished at 62 x 80 inches.  This photo was taken at the quilt show.  It's so big and heavy that it's hard to get a good photo at home.

I won these fun wonky star blocks from the Block Lotto in 2013.  They were "Red Skies with Tall Stars", since the blocks are actually rectangular instead of square.  Here's the link to the instructions if you'd like to make some too.

Hopefully you can see that this was quilted in all-over circles.  It was hard to choose which pattern for the quilting, but I'm very happy with the way the circles play with the stars.  I used a local quilter (Julie Boersema of Seams Sew Beautiful)  this time, for the first time.

These blocks came to me from 20 different states as well as Australia, Canada, England, Israel, New Zealand, Norway and South Africa.  I love finding such happy mail in my mailbox!

Blogger is putting some of my photos upside down or sideways today, as well as doing funny things with my text formatting.  It's always an adventure! 

Here is a "crumpled" shot.  Almost like using the quilt, isn't it?  *grin*

The quilt show was fun.  We had over 300 quilts and about 500 visitors to the show, plus lots of good vendors.   My sister was able to come this year, so we had a fun weekend.  She even helped with the show take-down on Saturday evening - what a trooper!

I still love the border triangles I did on Lucky Stars, thanks to my DH for that suggestion!  I'm doing all my bindings by machine now.  It's so much faster and easier, and I really like the way they come out.  I learned how to do this from Mariquilts at The QuiltingEdge blog.  Here's the link to her tutorials.  This photo also shows that I put a quilt shop-quality turquoise flannel on the back of the quilt.  Now it's cuddly and warm for the coming winter!

I did a wonky or "liberated" star demo at the show, and people were amazed at how easy the stars are to make once they understand the process.  I heard a number of people say "I could do that!"  That makes doing the demo fun!

Here is what I would look like if I were in the new Peanuts movie coming out in November,  Thanks to Barb of 'Fun with Barb' blog for sharing the link!  If you want to see what you'd look like as a Peanuts character, go here to Peanutize yourself!

I've got lots of quilt show photos to share with you, as well as the rest of my finished quilts.  That will come over the course of the next week or two.  First up is Jury Duty, starting tomorrow.  


  1. I absolutely love your Lucky Stars quilt!! I bet it was popular at the show. How wonderful that you did demonstrations at the show, there'll be wonky stars twinkling in lots of quilts. Enjoy relaxing after the show.

  2. Your Lucky Stars quilt is so cool. The red background was such a brave choice and I love it!
    It sounds like the quilt show was a huge success!

  3. I am crazy for your stars & very crazy for your stars on all those red backgrounds!
    Pleased you got to see it hanging in your quilt show.
    I am reading about block lotto now.

  4. Love your red stars and thanks for the compliments over at Joe Tulips. You are welcome to visit any time you are in the Northeast!

  5. Great quilt! love the wonky stars.

  6. I love your Lucky Stars. If you ever want to get rid of it let me know! ;- )
    How wonderful that your sister was able to be part of the quilt show weekend!

  7. Love your red quilt. How fun to have your sister to hang out with over the weekend!

  8. This is so awesome. It makes me want to start making stars on the side and create a star quilt! Millie the cat means it....after getting to NH we would then head over to Maine to look at grave stones from my family. Too bad it's just dreaming right now

  9. Truly a WONDERFUL quilt . . . for those considering a visit to Lynne in the northeast, GO FOR IT!!!

  10. oh I love your star quilt with all the red background. Just beautiful!

  11. My Lucky Stars is so beautiful! I love the geese border and the scrappy red background is an inspired choice!

  12. I like this Lucky Stars quilting very much. It looks very pretty and would really suits as a perfect present for some girl.

  13. I love how you put this together but cannot figure out how you 'inserted' the red center in each block of 4 stars. Can you explain that? Thanks!


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