I decided that is was time to pick the star block for an exchange that I am hosting. This is my online WW quilting buddies and due next October.
I have a free pattern from Carol Doak of a Mariners compass. This took way too much time for an exchange but I do love the way that it turned out. It will go into that quilt but I will pick another block for the exchange.
I belong to an internet group of paper piecers using Carol Doak's method. She has the very best patterns and instructions. She is giving us a block each month for an entire year. I decided to make these in red white and blue for a Quilts of Valor quilt.
It is always fun to take a break from making BIG quilts. I decided to try a pattern from Elenore Burns Book Quilts Through the Seasons. It is a heart block made the Crazy Quilt Way.
I made the 3 block wall hanging for my living room. It is sad to take down the Christmas decorations and I wanted something new and fun for Valentines Day. I then decided to make one block for my daughter to put up in her office. I got out some of my buttons to sew onto her quilt.
I am now going to make a small one for my office. These are fun, easy and slightly addictive.
I started off the New Year by finishing a quilt for my oldest son. He lives in Las Vegas and was given the gift of music when he was born. He plays several different instruments and has a marvelous singing voice. He did not get any of this from me or his Dad.
I found the perfect fabric and was able to purchase only 1 yard. I had to come up with a pattern showcasing the orchestra fabric. It ended up a little too square so I added just a top and bottom border to get it a little more rectangular. I found the perfect border fabric.
I am getting better with machine quilting with each quilt that I do. It is not my favorite part of making a quilt but is one of those things that just needs to be done. I will mail it off tomorrow after I make sure I have the right mailing address.
I am now working on a Valentines Day Wall hanging for myself. I needed a little break from Quilt of Valor and these 2 projects have been just perfect. I will piece another top when I get the wall hanging done. I have a place in the living room for small seasonal quilts.