Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Piecing & Prepping

After spending most of this year finishing UFQ's, I've started a new list for this quilting season. One of the challenges I've given myself is to make at least two different projects using precuts that I have on hand.

The first precut project is Starlight Express from Jelly Roll Quilts by Pam & Nicky Lintott. The jellyroll used is Heart's Content by Laundry Basket Quilts and gifted to me by Nanette several years ago. 

Thank you Nanette, these were nice colors to work with.

The finished quilt from the book looks like this but my quilt won't because this project is a two in one project. Not only am I depleting a bit of the precut population, I'm going to enlarge the quilt to queen size and then I'll have a donation quilt for the school auction my Pennsylvania grands attend. And!, I don't have to quilt it, win win!

It was a very windy and drizzly day when I tried to get pictures of the stars on the clothesline. I thought about laying the blocks on the leaves and taking a picture that way but the leaves were wet and I was afraid the wind would blow the stars down into the cow pasture. I pinned three of the stars to the quilting frame and took a picture that way. There are four stars, but the 4th one didn't fit.

I'm a control freak and wanted the red and teal to be continuous in my stars so I added red and teal from my own stash. Don't worry, I'll use the rest of the strips as I finish the quilt. I have a rough sketch of how I want the the quilt to be set. This project will be traveling along with me to the Jane Stickle retreat next week. Who knows though, the flimsy may end up looking nothing like my sketch.

Last spring I pieced a Boston Commons flimsy for the school auction. I liked it so much, I decided to make one for our bed here at home, but of course, in blues and yellows. These strips have been sewn, sub-cut and are ready to be sewn together at the retreat. This is another project on my list.

A lot of people are excited about Bonnie Hunter's newest mystery quilt starting Thanksgiving weekend. Do you know about the mystery quilt sew along with Charlotte Hawks starting in January 2019? Check out her blog. I don't think her mystery quilts are quite as labor intensive as Bonnie's. 

I won't be participating in either of these mysteries. This year I am only going to make quilts that I want to make, mysteries and BOM's are NOT on my list.

Linking to Needle & Thread Thursday, Finished Or Not Friday, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF!, Show Off Saturday, Oh Scrap!


Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

I always save the instructions for Bonnie's mysteries and then never make them! I think I always have too many other things going on. Have fun at your Dear Jane retreat next week

maggie fellow said...

I have a lot of precuts I should try using up too:) but when a new quilt beckons, I grab fabric.

Created by Kathi said...

I have used most of my precuts now... but make my own Jelly Rolls from my stash... I LOVE LOVE LOVE how you are making those stars with those 60 degree angles... I may have to invest in that booklet if you don't need a special ruler for that quilt! This will make a lovely quilt to raise money for your grandkids school.
Congrats on getting enough back log straight that you felt you could start some new things including a NEW quilt on your bed!
I am so glad you come to my in box.. have been so busy I have not been to my reading list in a while... Congrats on all your progress Gretchen!

Gretchen Weaver said...

I save the patterns too. The retreat is now called the Jane Stickle Retreat, we're no longer able to call it the Dear Jane retreat.

Gretchen Weaver said...

You don't need a special ruler, just one that has angles on it. Precuts always look so nice but I'm staying away from that temptation from now on. I have put patterns with the precuts, hopefully that will help them to get sewn into flimsies! Thanks for reading my post!

Chopin - A Passionate Quilter said...

Oh Gretchen, I love the Stars and the fabric for the Boston Commons. I am going to look at the book for the Stars. - guess I did not get enough of them on York Lodge! LOL. I definitely am going to make a Boston Commons. Thank you for the shout out on the jelly roll. I knew that you would make something great with them! In the time between our ‘mini vacations’ I hope to finish Mountmellick and Brinton Hall! It will be a push, but it is time. Then I would have almost finished my UFO’s. The remaining are all hand work and you know how long that takes! Beautiful work!

Vasudha said...

Love the colors - a very nice version of red, white and blue. I have that book too but haven't made anything from it. Time to take another look. Thank you for linking with TGIFF at

Frédérique said...

Pretty stars, and great selection of fabrics, love the colors

Cynthia Brunz Designs said...

Your fabric selections are going to make a beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

K Reeves said...

Magnificent color choices on these Gretchen, they will both be stunning!

Rebecca Grace said...

Good for you, putting your own projects at the top of your agenda instead of feeling the pressure to jump on a BOM bandwagon. Those QALs and BOMs just end up making me feel bad for falling behind. Your stars are lovely; that quilt should do well for the school fundraising!