Wednesday, March 7, 2012

WIP Wed: Stars and Squares

It's Wednesday, so I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced WIP Wed to tell you what I've been up to lately.

I am very happy to say that my "Solstice Star Series" Quilt is almost done!  I still need to trim up the bottom, and do a final iron, but then it's be ready to quilt!

The stars are blocks I made during Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts' Solstice Star Series.  In her final post, she challenged us to create a quilt with just the 5 blocks, set in a non-traditional way.  I knew quickly that I wanted to do a quilt based on "Prairie-Style" or "Frank Lloyd Wright" designs.  I've been wanting to make a quilt like this since we lived in Michigan, 3-4 years ago.  My husband was raised in Chicago, and still has family there, so we are regular visitor to the windy city.  Not only is my husband from the Chicago metropolis, but more specifically, he grew up in Oak Park, the same suburb where Frank Lloyd Wright had his home and studio.  I've long admired the clean simple prairie style designs and architecture.  I know Faith is also from Chicago-land too, so it just seemed "right" to make this quilt.

I must have changed my design a dozen times, but finally settled on this one.  I think it's pretty funny too that only 5 blocks morphed themselves into a queen sized quilt!  Those star blocks are 12 x 12 inches, making the quilt a final 7 feet by 8 feet!! It took both my husband, and one of my boys to hold it up for the picture! The back of this quilt will be a real stash-buster!
Over the week-end, I quilted my "Children's Delight" quilt.  This is the first quilt I ever made using pre-cuts (charm squares).  It has been waiting to be quilted for 2 years now, and it feels great to have it almost done!  I just need to get the binding cut out and sewn on!

I'm also working on the new Project Quilting challenge, which is "Where I live", very similar to my last postcard challenge "Where you are" LOL  I was about to make a bigger duplicate of my Oregon postcards, but last night I got an idea that I love even better! 

I also have a few more blocks to make for my "Scrap Attack" quilt.

As the weather is getting warmer, days are getting longer, and signs of Spring are popping up all over the place, I have a feeling that I'll be spending less and less time at my sewing machine...  I hope Spring has sprung in your part of the world as well!


Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

Your star quilt looks fantastic! Great concept.

A.J. Dub. said...

I am in LOVE with your Solstice Stars top. You did an amazing layout!

LynCC said...

Solstice Stars is incredible! Love the design and the colors. Yeah - I would have been supremely stumped if tasked to turn 5 blocks into a queen!

Lee said...

Your Solstice Stars quilt is amazing! What a great idea to make it "prairie style." Looks great. Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

Jamie Lee said...

It's definitey spring in Maryland. I think your Frank Lloyd Wright concept is so beautiful and unlike anything I've ever seen. Wow!

The Thompsons said...

Gorgeous.... Love your design for the solstice stars.

Beth said...

Great setting!!! really different and sets off the stars brilliantly!!! (pun intended). It looks very Craftsman like --think stained glass and wood work.... and simplicity. And we're heading into fall down here.