Not a lot of sewing going on around here this week. Mainly because there was a LOT of other non-sewing stuff going on. But I realized I never shared my finished sentimental Liberty Stars quilt that I pieced before Christmas, so that would be fun to share. It’s my new favorite winter quilt.
I still promise to write a tutorial for this quilt. I hesitated to share this one now because the tutorial is not ready. But since we’re having a snowy day, I thought it would be a good day for capturing and sharing this cozy winter-y quilt.
I’m planning to make a non-winter version of this quilt as well and will share the full tutorial then – probably in the spring. Hopefully. If you’re anxious to start something now, you can use the Sawtooth Star tutorial to make 10″ x 10″ blocks. More on fabric availability and amounts below.
Here is a shot of the full finished quilt. I wanted to capture it with the gently falling snow and snow-covered trees in the background. The pretty falling snow looks more like smudged streaks and fuzzy spots in front of the quilt, so so much for that idea. But shout-out goes to my willing quilt-holder for standing out in the wet snow for this one.
I love how the navy changes the look from specifically a “Christmas” quilt to a quilt that feels perfect for sticking around all winter.
To add some winter coziness to this quilt (and to use what I already had in my stash) I used this navy and green plaid flannel. It matched PERFECTLY. I wish I could remember where it came from – I got it a while back because I loved it – but not sure what I would do with it. I’m so glad it found the perfect home. (My best guess is that it was from the Plaiditude collection at Joann’s which are available every Fall.)
The fabrics in the stars from this quilt are from A Festive Collection of quilting cotton prints by Liberty of London. I’ve still seen them available on Etsy. This quilt does not require a lot of each fabric – a 1/4 yard or Fat Quarter would be plenty for the stars. I still need to do work out fabric requirements for the background, sashing and binding, but those are basics that should be around for a while.
The borders are Liberty basic Wiltshire Shadow blender in Indigo and an older Liberty Christmas print, also from my stash. (This one is out of print now and pretty scarce. I haven’t been able to find a source. Sorry. But you could use another green print from The Festive Collection. A 1/2 yard would be plenty.
I love that it looks (and feels) cozy on my blue chair through the winter. (Tartan plaid pillow from Ikea. I got this Union Jack pillow awhile back from Amazon. The one I got is no longer in stock, but I found a similar one here.)
Here’s part of the behind-the-scenes of what is going here besides sewing. But first a story about carpet. Last fall we were finally ready to take action on repainting and re-carpeting the four bedrooms on our second floor. It was WAY overdue as the carpet and paint had all been in the house when we moved in over 10 years ago – and it wasn’t in the greatest shape then. But the thought of moving everything out of our second floor to be able to re-carpet felt SO overwhelming – especially after having to move everything out of out main floor just a few months before due to a kitchen flood/disaster.
So I came up with the genius plan to do one half of that floor at a time. Right before Thanksgiving 2019, we moved everything out of two of the bedrooms so they could be painted while we were out of town for the holiday and the carpet went in on Monday when we got back. Felt so good to get that done! From there, the plan was to get through the Christmas holiday season and a full house with my two oldest girls home for the break between university semesters, let my hand heal, and then gird up our loins and finish the remaining two bedrooms in January.
The carpet installer left a line in the middle of the hallway where he would pick up a few weeks later.
Little did we know what 2020 had in store…
January was the beginning of our son’s mysterious health crash and I was purely in survival mode. By the beginning of March we were starting to figure out what was going on with his health and I thought, “I’ve got to get this paint and carpet done before my girls move home from school at the end of April.”
And then 2020 laughed in my face…
So, needless to say, here we are, February of 2021. We lived with the carpet line of demarcation in the middle of our hallway for a year. But as of this week we are finally DONE with the upheaval of moving everything out our the final 2 bedrooms (including my own), repainting and finally replacing that yucky old carpet.
Also included in the bedroom makeover: a wall of Pax Wardrobes for Quilt (and everything else) storage. I am SO EXCITED.
I promise to show pictures once everything is put together. (Which may take some time. You know how Ikea assemblies go…)