Oh my stars!

Did you have a great weekend? I sure hope so. I had a great weekend, wrapping up a great visit with my husband's longest friend, who's practically like my brother-in-law. We had a super fun time with him, and we're sad to send him back to New York City this morning!


I did manage to sneak in a little bit of sewing in between trips to the science museum, bowling and other fun adventures, though... Stars are definitely a trend in quilting that seems to be here to stay, and I, for one, am very glad about that. I just finished up two different star blocks for two of the bees that I'm in, and I'm excited to get these out in the mail today.

The first block is for Megan in the {Sew} Beautiful Bee. Megan sent out some fun, brightly colored scraps along with Kona White for a Lone Starburst block. If this block looks familiar, it's probably because I made one of these last month for Brioni in my other bee. This block is a really straight-forward, simple paper pieced star, and I think the finished result is just so pretty!

Lone Starburst for Megan

This month's Sew Beautiful block is for AnneMarie, and she's requested an improv hexagon block, which is going to be interesting, since I've only sewn a handful of hexagons in my sewing life...

For the Stash Trad bee, I got to make a string star for Corey. I've been craving some string piecing, and this block definitely hit the spot. I used a Free Spirit Designer Solid in Flamingo for the coral solid strings, and I was pleasantly surprised at how perfectly it matched the color scheme Corey chose. I pulled from my overflowing strings bin for all of the other pieces, in various shades of coral, taupe, green, and aqua.

String Star for Corey

Seeing these two blocks together up on my design wall has me thinking that one day I might like to do a star sampler quilt, I think that would be really cool. I'll have to add that my seemingly neverending quilty bucket list!

Wouldn't these make a great star sampler?

Up next this week is finishing up my Swirling Medallion quilt and hopefully starting on some samples for my paper foundation piecing class with Lee for Sewing Summit! I hope you have a wonderful Monday :)

A winner and a peek!

I nearly forgot that I owe you all a winner!  It's been a crazy busy kind of day in my neck of the woods, but in a good way.  Without any further ado, the lucky winner of a copy of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Volume 5 as well as one of my patterns is Lucy, of Charm About You!  Congratulations, Lucy, I'll be emailing you shortly!

And because I can't post without a new picture, here is a sneak peek of my Radiant Ring quilt, coming together thanks to the awesome ladies of the Stash Trad bee.  I've almost got all of my blocks now, but I'm digging this one so much that I'm going to be making some additional blocks myself to make the quilt bigger. The blocks I've been getting in the mail are so awesome, I just love this bee!

Radiant Ring quilt in progress

Radiant Ring quilt in progress

I hope you're having a great Monday!

January Bee Blocks

Phew, I'm glad to have my January bee blocks behind me now!  Between the deadline for the 4x5 Modern Quilt Bee and all of my other bees, there were a boatload of blocks to be made this month!  Definitely some gorgeous blocks in the mix this month.

I finished up Bree's fun polaroid block for String Me Along, using various photo-like scraps from my stash, including Mendocino,  Ruby Star Rising, It's a Hoot, Little Apples, and Peacock Lane.  I really adore this block, it is so cute!  Can't wait to see how the other blocks in the group turn out!

Polaroid block for Bree

For Cherie in the {Sew} Beautiful bee, I made a Carpenter's Star, using Cherie's tutorial.  The tutorial is really easy to follow, I definitely recommend it!  I really adore this block, I will definitely be saving the tutorial somewhere safe!

{Sew} Beautiful January block for Cherie

For Lynne in the Stash Trad bee, she asked for her eponymous block, the LynneBobSquarePants block, using Kona Charcoal for the background and brights for the prints.  This was my second go-round with Lynne's block, and I apparently read the directions better this time because the block came together much more easily, yay!

Stash Trad block for Lynne
And finally, for the 4x5 bee this quarter, I made weathervane blocks for everyone, and put together a simple tutorial for the block as well.  It was a really fun block to work on and experiment with fabric choices on!

4x5 blocks for Hive 12 - Q1

In other news, my Summer Sampler Plus quilt was featured on the Modern Quilt Guild's 100 Days of Modern Quilting yesterday, which was pretty exciting.  Definitely an honor to be featured over there!

Hope you're having a great week so far.  Happy Tuesday everyone :)

Linking up with Fabric Tuesday at Quilt Story today, hop on over there to see some other fun sewing projects!

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