Works in Progress

Now that my red solids are washed, I’m ready to finish my Dresden blocks!
Next, I finished top for a baby boy quilt.
This one may end up in the etsy shop.
And some kits – I figured it was about time we did something ‘boyish.’
See that print of the cars driving on roads on yellow.
My 3-year-old informed me that it’s cars driving in the desert.
I love how kids see things differently.
To me, it was just the yellow colorway of that print.
Then there’s this beauty.

Yesterday I spent the morning (thanks to the kind generosity of my awesome neighbor who watched my little boys) with my mom’s cute quilt group learning this technique for making a traditional lone star. (Is that what it’s called?? My mind just totally went blank.)

I’ve been in the mood to make one ever since seeing Nanette Merrill’s here and since seeing this picture: This is from none other than Sandy Klop’s (our beloved American Jane – who else??) book: American Jane’s Quilts For All Seasons: And Some for No Reason. Oh if I had the time (and patience) to make this quilt. I just love it!
For now, I’ll keep it to one star.
My colors are inspired by Sandy and Nanette.
I based everything around that turquoise.
I love it.

I’m excited to see this one come together.

Can you tell I’m into bright colors these days?
Maybe it’s my taupe/beige walls that need some cheering up.
Maybe it’s my subliminal desire for summer.I’ve always been a little (okay, a lot) intimidated by this quilt pattern. Matching points on squares is daunting enough, but diamonds cut on the bias. Eeek. But this method was so slick!

It’s from a company called QuiltSmart and is so nifty! Basically, it’s like paper piecing only you don’t use paper you use pre-printed sheets of adhesive stabilizer, that you don’t have to remove when you are done. I’m not far along, so I’ll report back on my progress. Has anyone else out there used Quilt Smart before? I think I’m hooked.

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    March 10, 2010 at 6:59 am

    Oh yes, yes, that quilt is going to be a beauty!! I just love what you are doing so far. Can't wait to hear your review of Quilt Smart. Hmmm… Did you chose it because of the "Smart" name?? LOL.

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    live a colorful life
    March 10, 2010 at 8:24 am

    So the stabilizer stays permanently, like a foundation? Also anxious to hear your review.

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    Kim Walus
    March 10, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I love all of your projects. The colors are so fresh and happy. The Lone Star is going to be so fun. Rae Ann bought the quilt smart product and I'm sure she'll be excited to see what you're working on.

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    The Quilt Buddy
    March 10, 2010 at 9:02 am

    All of your projects are awesome!<br /><br />BTW-Your color schemes are right up my alley.

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    March 10, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I think it&#39;s only appropriate that you are using a product called &quot;Quilt Smart&quot;. You should receive royalties! <br />I have seen that pattern, and thought it would be a fun one to make, but didn&#39;t want to deal with all the bias edges. Quilt Smart is the way to go.

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    Amy - Park City Girl
    March 10, 2010 at 11:18 am

    Oooh – I love it! I have seen the Quiltsmart, but not used it. A less intimidating way to make some of those amazing blocks. <br /><br />Love your bright colors!

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    Denise :)
    March 10, 2010 at 11:58 am

    All your colors are so bright and cheery! They make my heart smile. I can&#39;t wait to see your Dresden quilt finished; that&#39;s (yet another) category of quilts I&#39;m wanting to put my hand to…someday! 🙂

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    March 10, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    I haven&#39;t always been a fan of lone stars but I&#39;ve really warmed up to them. I really like the quilt with lots of smaller lone stars. Yours will be beautiful. And I love the little prints in the boy quilt.

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    March 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    That sounds like great stuff! I&#39;ll look forward to the full report.<br /><br />And those are awesome colors!

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    March 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    I was just at a quilt retreat and someone was making a lone star quilt with that product. Very neat! (Your colours are way nicer though!)

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    March 11, 2010 at 11:38 am

    I have worked with this interfacing product and on small projects it was great. I used it on a bed sized quilt and ran into some frustration. When joining blocks and rows the interfacing adhesive left a residue on my sewing table top that pretty quickly created too much friction for the fabric to move smoothly as I was sewing. Rubbing alcohol removes the residue quickly but it built up so

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    Petit Debutant
    March 11, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    can&#39;t wait to see more of the lonestar

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    March 15, 2010 at 8:51 pm

    love them all!! i heart american jane!!

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    Nanette Merrill and daughters
    March 23, 2010 at 2:51 pm

    Aw thanks. Your star(s) are going to be wonderful. Really lovely. I am itching to make another. Smaller ones maybe this time like the pattern you show. Fun because they turn out so pretty.

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