Sunday, January 31, 2021

A Surprise Finish

 

I didn't expect to have a finished quilt already this year. I have been half-heartedly piecing log cabins from these strips I cut last fall. 

And I put together these four patches that had been sewn from my scrap box for a Humble Quilts SAL--couldn't resist the name--fifty shades of brown--lol! I think I have more like 75 shades of brown if you count the borders, backing and binding.

I'm not sure why it looks so misshapen here. It's about the size of a placemat and it will probably be a donation to Meals on Wheels. 

I spend most of my days doing handwork like this little needle punch bowl filler. I don't think it was meant to be a bowl filler, but that's how I'm using it.  

My Texas Star quilt was on the top of my 2020 list of quilts that "Had to be Finished", but it didn't happen. I had been doing the hand quilting in the evenings this month, and all of a sudden it was done! 

When I was measuring the top for binding, I decided I didn't want  zigzag edges, so decided to applique some wedges to the sides and then quilt those as well...so it wasn't quite done. I was excited that the end was in sight though and worked on it pretty diligently-- it went pretty quickly.  

Here is my finished Texas Stars fresh out of the dryer this morning. There are 99 hand pieced stars. The pieces were cut from strips using metal templates. I'm not even sure when I started making the stars, but it has been many years, for sure.

I didn't expect to have a finish for the first month of 2021 and it may be a while before I have another finish, but I am so pleased to have finally completed my Texas Stars! 














23 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Karen! It's a gorgeous quilt. I love your 50 (or more) shades of brown quilt. You started the year on the right foot for sure. ;^)

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  2. I love your stars and congrats on a finish!

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  3. Nice start to a new year. Congrats!

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  4. Lovely finishes, Karen!! I think your stars are so pretty..nice works...
    hugs, Julierose

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  5. Your Texas Stars is so pretty, just so warm and cozy looking. 99 hand pieced stars is a major accomplishment. Congratulations on a beautiful finish.

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  6. Such a nice finish too! It’s beautiful!

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  7. Well done getting a finish. I am pleased you have been able to work on the quilt. It looks stunning.

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  8. How exciting to have a finish so early in the year. Fantastic!

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  9. Hope you don't mind, I linked you in with our monthly minis. No worries, you don't have to make one every month, but I thought people would love to see your little gem!

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  10. I love your Texas Stars quilt Looks like your mojo is back. So many wonderful projects. Hugs

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  11. Your Texas Star quilt is wonderful. I know how much work is in a hand pieced quilt and you can certainly be proud of this one - it is so satisfying. Nothing beats a star quilt.

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  12. I like all of your finishes, but that Texas star quilt is awesome! Congrats on accomplishing so much in January! You're doing much better than me so far. Will you be participating in the #100daychallenge?

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  13. Texas Stars is fabulous. I like how you added to the edges. Great idea. No worries about when things get done. Your quilt is lovely.

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  14. You are ahead of my on 50 shades of brown, I collected my browns into a bin, and have been ironing and cutting some bits at a time, since I get a new hip soon. It is difficult to stand for periods of time, but I'm cutting strips and placing them in plastic shoe boxes so when I get ready to cut they will be ready! I'm in no hurry.

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  15. Fabulous finish and great quilting and label.
    Love your little snowman punch too - great post

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  16. Lots of beautiful work and a great finish. So good for the soul to have stitching during these trying times.

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  17. What a beautiful quilt!! Congratulations on your finish. I just adore the little punchneedle bowl filler. Adorable. Stay warm and safe.

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  18. Now that you're beginning to feel better you're going great guns, so to speak. I really like the stars and especially that you chose a straight border. It's a beautiful quilt.

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  19. Wow, what a lovely finish that Texas Star is! Makes me want to make one. You have some lovely projects including cute bowl fillers and your mini too.

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  20. Congrats on getting your start quilt finished..... It looks great....

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