Saturday, January 18, 2014

Friendship Stars and Carolina Chain

Ahhh, scrappy Saturday, I love it.  I got to get up this morning and go to my sewing room and sew, sew, sew.  I don't always get to do that on Saturdays as I keep the grandbaby but today was an exception.  I pulled out an old UFO that I've been thinking about and decided it was time to put it together.  Alot of these blocks were given to me from people in my quilting group. One year we decided to make blocks and give to the members during their birthday month. All year long we made the friendship star block. I got mine the month of my birthday and just put them up and never did anything with them.  These blocks have been laying around for about 5 years or more so I decided it was time to put them together.  I laid them out and decided I needed more, so since it was blue this month for the rainbow challenge I rummaged through my scraps and pulled out some bright blues.  I made eleven blocks today(they weren't all blue) and now it will be big enough for a full size bed...I'm going to put black sashing in between these blocks to make them stand out. I think they will look great and I'll start doing that this week...I'll show you more as it progresses.  These are big friendship stars, they are 12 1/2" blocks and were easy and fun to make.

I really like the pinky one above as it has a fairy in the middle block, so cute.
Here's the layout I started working with. It was 5 x 7 for a while this morning but then I decided it needed another row.  Now I have enough for it to be 6 X 7 and like I said, I'll be putting sashing in between too... 
Last night I went and sewed with some friends at the church and I put my Carolina Chain blocks together. I laid these out this morning to see how many more I needed.  So far I have 19 blocks made and I need probably 21 more blocks so I'll be working on more of these too.  I am enjoying seeing this one come together too. I know this one is going to be great once it's all together but I have alot more work to do on it.
Ok, gotta stop now and cook.  I hope you are getting some sewing time in this weekend, til next time, happy stitching!


scraphappy said...

So glad you had the day to sew. Looks like you will have some lovely quilt tops soon enough.

Jane Galley said...

Love those friendship blocks, you'll soon have lovely quilt top

Jo said...

Nice stars

Marly Rylaars said...

Your friendship stars are so nice. This is going to be a colourful quilt.

Anonymous said...

The Friendship blocks are going to make a nice quilt, but I really love the Carolina Chain.

Ellen said...

So nice that participating in the RSC has inspired you to finish making the Friendship Star quilt. It is going to wonderful when finished.

Deb@asimplelifequilts said...

Both of your quilts are going to be gorgeously scrappy! Happy sewing.

Anonymous said...

Two great projects and some progress on UFO, that's super!

Karen said...

Both quilts are very pretty. I love all star blocks.

Elly D said...

You have been busier than me this week. I have been wondering about making a blue star block for a twelve inch block. Seeing your gorgeous stars here has given me an idea. ;). Love your Carolina project it too will be beautiful. Great going! Hugs Elly

Michal Woodruff said...

Oh pretty pretty. Scrappy is my favorite and floral fabrics are next favorite. :) Nice!

Kate said...

Beautiful scrappy quilts! Both look great, I couldn't pick a favorite.

Jackie said...

My, you are productive!! Send some of that energy my way!
The friendship star quilt is going to be lovely. I put mine together and it was the first thing I quilted on my Gammill. It is on my bed now!
The Carolina Chain quilt is really pretty, too. Thanks for sharing all of your expertise!!

Deb A said...

My, you have been busy! Your friendship stars are very nice. I love star block. That chain in the carolina crossroads is great. I don't think I have seen that pattern before.

Amy said...

Truly, once you adopt "scrappy" into your quilting... there isn't a scrap version you don't like.
LOVE the Carolina Chain: 2" strips/units? -- and the Friendship stars are a great way to use up some bigger left overs.

Fun Fun!

Sheila said...

Beautiful quilts in progress. Love colorful, scrappy quilt and these do not disappoint. Great quilts.

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