Thursday, October 27, 2016

Traveling Quilt Bee: Month #4

When I told you I would be back soon with this month's edition of the Traveling Quilt Bee, I wasn't kidding!

For October I was working on an all solid quilt for Erin. I decided to do a side piece of a half Lone Star, strip pieced from some solid jelly roll strips I had left over from my original Firecracker quilt. I used a tutorial from this Moda Bake Shop Tutorial to make my Lone Star, but only made half of a star -- four diamonds worth.

Here's a shot in progress, with Miss Clara inspecting my work.


Here's the finished product:


My addition DOUBLES the quilt in size. I was a little worried about the scale and how much grey vs. color is in this section compared to the rest, but I think once more parts are added to the quilt, it won't be quite so stark of a difference.

This lone star was actually really zippy to put together. Not having to worry about color order in order to make a pattern within the wedges (I just made sure the same color wasn't touching one another) made it much easier to add the strips as I went along. I actually ended up having enough strips to make a whole star so I might end up making myself a mini star at some point.

Tanyia had my quilt this month and she added a row of blocks on one side. They just happen to be some of my favorite blocks, how did she know?!?!


I love that she added larger 12 inch blocks next to last month's addition of 8 inch blocks. I also am crushing hard on the flying geese that she added too! Perfect way to break up the row and give it a more fluid feel. 

As of right now, my quilt is approximately 50 inches wide by 54 inches long, which is already big enough for a small throw and it still has TWO more stops before it will be returned to me. I think it will be at least 60 inches on each side (maybe not square, but it doesn't need to be) and then I can add on if I want to. Mine is actually one of the biggest ones in our group from what I can tell right now. 

9 comments:

  1. Umm.... wow! That half a lone star is GENIUS!! It's absolutely stunning. Your quilt is coming along nicely, too!

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  2. Wow, the half lone star you added frames the other work so nicely! I hope you can share how they all finish up after they are all done.

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  3. I love the bold look of the half lone star! Your own quilt is coming along nicely - I just love those colors together.

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  4. I TOTALLY want to make one of those Lone Star's with solids now that I've seen yours. WOW! If you're worried about the gray looking too stark, you can always quilt those sections with colored thread and spice it up a bit! Do you mind me asking what was the name of the jellyroll you used on this?

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  5. Yay! This is so much fun! I'm excited about both of these quilts. :)

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  6. I like round robins. They are so much fun =)

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  7. That half lone star was brilliant. Next to the rest of the quilt, it looks a bit like the smaller blocks are exploding from the half star. So interesting.

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  8. Your half Lone Star is gorgeous and such an inspired addition to the quilt.

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  9. Your star project is very pretty ♥

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