Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Stars with Circles + Hand Quilting

After sewing the circles on this star I have just four more stars to finish.  Getting all those stars sewn was my One Monthly Goal for February.  I won't claim it an accomplished goal yet, though.  Anything can happen in 12 days!

Assuming that things go smoothly, when the circles are finished it's on to decide arrangement (5 x 7 blocks or 6 x 6 blocks or...), placement, and then sashing and borders. 

This work in progress (or non-progress) has been on my mind lately.  It's been gently folded in a bag near where I quilt awaiting my return to it.
I laid it aside because I needed something small to work on after surgery last November and also because I'm not thrilled to be quilting a quarter of an inch from the edges.  I can't decide if it's because quilting that way is new to me or because I really don't like it.  You know how sometimes the unfamiliar is also uncomfortable until you gain experience....  When I was thinking about the quilt in bed last night I thought of taking out the stitches I've finished and quilting Baptist Fans.  And then I looked at a photo (poor and not shown here) that showed of the quilting and I liked it again.  Is it enough to like the finished work to put one's self through the struggle of doing it when one doesn't like doing it?  Ha!  The quilting has been a work in progress for a few months; another week or two won't hurt while I decide.

I'm linking this post to
--  WOW at Esther's Blog
--  Let's Bee Social #112 at Sew Fresh Quilts
--  Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Head over to all three blogs to see what others are working on.

I hope you're enjoying whatever you're doing.



  1. It is beautiful! I love your patchwork background on each of the blocks!

    1. Thanks so much, EmileeHope. I really enjoyed making them, too.

  2. What a pretty block and how skilled you are with the plaids. LOL The circles and stars is an interesting block with lots of handwork.

  3. Circles are so hard to me. You've done a WONDERFUL job here!

    1. They are hard to me, too, Brookquilt. And boring, besides. It's only because the quilt needed them that I'm doing circles. The next time a quilt comes along and asks for circles, maybe I won't do it. Thanks for your kind words.

  4. Oh, don't tear out your hand quilting! I think it looks perfect!

  5. I agree with the comment above, stick with the echo hand stitching - as long as you can find some pleasure in doing it. I'm still enjoying seeing the circle stars quilt top coming together ☺


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