Christmas Charming Stars - Finished!

Unlike some of my recent finishes, which had been marinating too long in the sewing room for me to like them anymore, this one was a joy to finish. So why did it take me so long? Sigh.

Christmas Stars was started in 2011. Probably. I don't want to go back and look in case it was longer. It's from a Moda Bake Shop tutorial - although I used charm packs and changed up most of the layout. Let's just say the blocks are from the tutorial.

The charms are Kate Spain's 12 Days of Christmas. I'm pretty sure the stop border is from Flurry. I love that it's definitely Christmas-y but not red/forest green. And I adore those elves skating!

My layout of all four blocks together leads to another star in the middle. And I kind of love it. The same fabrics was accidental, I'm sure, but it works in its awesomeness.

And the candy cane stripe bias binding? Perfection. It's Scottie Christmas by Wilmington Prints, and I might have bought half a bolt or so for all Christmas quilts. And hand stitched, even though it took me foreeeeeeeeeeeeeeeever.

The back is plain old cotton. I knew this would never be anything but a wall hanging, and I don't see the point in something pretty on the back. It has a hanging sleeve {not stitched down yet} and corner pockets to help hang it straight.

The backing shows off the quilting - this was done quite a while when I wasn't quite good at filling in spaces properly or swirling the right way. The "swirls" do match the designs in the fabric on the front, and the front is busy enough that it looks fine there.

And hey - look! I managed to get a good rolled up shot!

And now I want it to be Christmas so I can hang it up.

Just when I thought there would be no cat pictures, I realized I needed to measure it. And that meant Miss CC had to "help." Measures approx. 44" square Linked:


This week was Vacation Bible School at our church, so I got a little less sewing time, but a lot more craft time. Somehow every time we find a new church, they automatically put me in the craft room for VBS. Weird. ;)

This is the pile of crafts the kids brought home. I'm most excited about the Jesus sign - we had one in our house growing up, and now I have my own! I mean, the Dude has his. I guess. Technically.

In the afternoon, I tried to stick with making five blocks a day for the flannel stars. I failed by the end of the week, but with a final push on Saturday, I got them finished and laid out with the pillowcases and jeans. All the columns are stitched together now; I just need to put it all together.

I also finished the inside patchwork for Cardinal Charms. Unfortunately, the consensus is my friends hate me don't think I should be lazy, and it really needs a stop border before the blue cardinals. I'm hoping I have enough leftover of the cream with red dots from the above quilt.

I made some awesome candy cane stripe binding and attached it to the front of Christmas Stars. Now I just need to get some hand stitching time.

I finally pulled a couple more Weekly Churn Dashes together. A couple darker greens this week, since I did bright greens during dark green month.

And my new leader/ender project - California Girl Hourglasses. I just have to say, it is great to have a L/E project that I love, because it makes me want to work on my other projects to add blocks!

Also, everyone say "Hi, CC!"

On Sunday evening, I had finished all my weekly projects, and it wasn't quite time to start dinner. I didn't want to drag out a big project, and clearly I wasn't going to clean anything, so I started playing with the leftover corners from Wee Wander.

But then the girls ended up in the same place on opposite sides, looking like the creepy twins from The Shining, and the boy is really a faceless body catching fireflies, and maybe they're not catching fireflies but SOULS. And now something so very sweet is kinda creepy.

On another note...the color palette of the week...purple! I know Jennie's a big fan of Frozen, so I counter with the much better recent princess movie.

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Design Wall Monday @ Patchwork Times
Color Mondays @ Porch Swing Quilts
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the River
WiP Wednesday @ Freshly Pieced
Rainbow Scrap Challenge @ SoScrappy
Slow Sunday Stitching @ Kathy's Quilts
Fabric Frenzy Friday @ Fort Worth Fabric

Design Wall Monday - Week 51

Nothing, really. I took Debbie's suggestion and hung Christmas Stars on the wall, even though it's done. It's keeping the Christmas spirit while I finish the binding on the Grinch and Rudolph.
And in Skorca news!
Starting to look interesting... I wonder what these units are going to connect to. Seems like we've used a LOT of black & white and still not much of the main color!
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Work in Progress Wednesday - Week 40

It's Christmas. I'm not in panic mode...yet. I actually keep thinking it's the week OF Christmas already - and then I worry that I'm not in panic mode!
Christmas Sewing:
 Grinch panel quilt - niece - basted & half quilted
 Rudolph panel quilt - the Dude - quilted!
Star Wall Hanging - finished top & "hanging" on my design wall 


Fat Quarter Stars - three blocks behind, planning a catch-up day! Er, probably in January... 

 LQS Saturday Sampler - November's block done - I really like this one.

Quiltville Orca Bay {Skorca!} - 50/112 B&W QSTs, 9/36 red strings, 34/175 B&W HST, 32/32 blue squares to become triangles

Untouched This Week:
Hunter's Star, round two

Awaiting Quilting:
New Projects: 0
Completed Projects: 1
In Progress: 16
Don't check out more at Work in Progress Wednesday - Lee is taking the month off. :)

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Sunday Stash Report - Week 50

Let's see... I finished the top for Christmas Stars. Not sure if I'm going to quilt it before Christmas or just tack it to the wall as is.
Two more American Girl dresses - one from stash, one from purchased fabric. They just need minor trimming and velcro in the back.
And I picked up the last block for my LQS's Saturday Sampler.
And the pattern for next year! I'm very excited about this one - simple, classic blocks in solids with a black background. I was happy with the original reproduction fabrics, but I think it's going to be even cooler in solids.
Used this Week: 3
Used Year to Date: 123.91
Added this Week: 0.75
Added Year to Date: 165.45
Net Used for 2011: (41.54) yards

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