Purchase Starlight Diverging Pattern
I have many things to show you this week – a combination of my WIPs and others’ beautiful creations. The Starlight blocks are among my favorites, and two ladies shared their Starlight blocks with me. It’s my pleasure to show these gorgeous blocks to you with their permission.
Munchie3 made this 12″ Starlight Diverging block to include in a sampler quilt. She is new to quilting and I am so amazed by her fabulous piecing. I also love the beautiful colors she picked. It’s perfect!!
Purchase Starlight Converging Pattern
sliceoflife made this 12″ Starlight Converging block for a quilt block challenge in her modern quilt guild. Everyone had to use the same gray fabric and interpret triangles with a modern design of their choice. She made this beautiful block and won the challenge!! How fantastic!
My mom just left after a week-long visit. Anticipating that I would get very little sewing done during that time, I decided to get some work done before she came. So, despite my not being able to sew much last week, I still have a few WIPs to show you.
I got the top part of the Dalek quilt block finished.
Next up will be the middle part, which I divided into three sections. The middle center is going to be the most complex one to make. Some of you have showed interest in testing this pattern, thank you so much for your enthusiasm. However, because I am editing the pattern as needed as I am sewing the block, I would really like to test this one myself.
The Dalek quilt pattern is so complex that I need to work on something easier in between. I finished making the Magic Fairy Doors and now I am working on the Vulcan Harp. Hopefully I will be done with sewing it by end of this week. The knobs can be paper pieced or appliqued, I chose to paper piece them.
The harp is in many pieces at the moment. As this is going to be a 16″ x 32″ wall hanging, some of the fabric pieces are very large and I am using lots of pins to hold the pieces of fabric in place.
When I work on paper piecing blocks, this is how I keep my sanity. I write down the letters of all the sections. Then depending on the complexity of the sections, I draw blocks around sets of 4 – 5 sections. I get up to take a break or call it a day after I finish each set. I also write numbers in reverse order under each section, that way I know exactly how many sections I have left after I finish sewing each one. Just thought you might like to know.
This is my last WIP for this week. I have been knitting this sweater for my husband for a while. This is my first knitted sweater, so I picked a very easy pattern. The sleeves really took forever. I finally finished all the pieces, now it’s time to join them. I also finished a scarf that needs blocking. He races his beloved car as a hobby and will be at the racetrack all of this weekend. That means I get to finish this sweater and the Vulcan Harp over the weekend.
Growing up, I always wore handmade sweaters made by my mom and my aunts. My mom recently took up knitting and crocheting again and she brought us sweaters and scarves. I asked for a loose-fitting black sweater so I can wear it with layered clothing and she made this one for me.
She knits really pretty cable designs with ease. She made this one for my husband and it fits him wonderfully.
Lastly, these are the scarves she crocheted for us.
I am happy to get back to sewing again. Have a crafty weekend!
Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation May 2, 2014 at 11:34
oh my goodness, your stars are so gorgeous, as are the ones you shared from others. It’s wonderful to see how others are using your patterns to make such beautiful creations!
Thank you so much for partying at Needle and Thread Thursday!
:) Kelly @ My Quilt Infatuation
Rachel May 1, 2014 at 06:52
Very pretty stars. That Dalek is insane! So many itty bitty pieces! That is a nice looking yarn on the sweater you’re making. I have a pattern picked out for my first sweater attempt but, given how my project list is filling up, It doesn’t look like it’s going to be made for a while.
Lorna McMahon May 1, 2014 at 06:14
How rewarding to receive photos from people who have used your patterns! Those blocks are both gorgeous! Your paper piecing design skills are amazing, Soma. Hope you had a wonderful time visiting with your mom!
Janine May 1, 2014 at 03:10
Thank you for linking with Wool on Sundays, Soma. I hope you’re having a good week :)
Renee April 30, 2014 at 19:40
Ooooh wow that dalek is so detailed!
Sue Daurio April 28, 2014 at 10:36
Those paper pieced star blocks are amazing!!
Janine April 28, 2014 at 03:03
This intricacy of your piecing never fails to amaze me! I really don’t know how you do it! And how lovely to see those blocks the etsy ladies made. They are both beautiful :)
Your jumper and scarf are looking great too. Perfect for your husband when he’s out racing! And lovely woolly garments from your mum as well. You are surrounded by handmade goodness :)
Laurelle C April 25, 2014 at 22:07
Wow you and your Mum have been busy! Wish I had the patience to finish a jumper :) My husband was next to me when I was reading this blog and saw the full Dalek you are designing and said “Right I want the big Dalek in the middle of my Doctor Who Quilt with the small blocks surrounding it.” Lol. Lucky I have not put the quilt together yet! You are so talented! I don’t think my brain could cope designing such complicated designs. So I guess I am also looking forward to this finish :) Awesome
Sheesh April 25, 2014 at 18:56
Lucky daughter. Talented Mom. My Mom gave me the love to sew. She sewed for herself and 4 daughters, making 1 wedding dress and probably 15 bridesmaid dresses along with many dresses, Poor Boy suits or maybe called something else. She made jackets, skirts and pants. I made my wedding gown and maternity clothes. Now I enjoy quilting and other projects.
Kathleen April 25, 2014 at 16:11
YARN skills . . . sorry :}
Kathleen April 25, 2014 at 16:10
Those two starlight blocks are beautiful! And your mom has some mad yard skills, wow! So nice that you could spend time together. Looking forward to the Dalek finish.
Tammy Frietsch April 25, 2014 at 15:58
Did you enter the AccuQuilt block contest? Your designs are amazing.
Susan @TheBoredZombie.com April 25, 2014 at 13:21
Wow! Your mom is fast and talented! Guess it runs in the family eh? That’s so cool that someone did so well with your pattern! Biggest compliment ever right? :)
Susan April 25, 2014 at 11:37
Looking forward to seeing the finished Vulcan Harp.