Monday, February 8, 2010

Star Crazy!

I didn't do one thing I was supposed to do in the sewing room yesterday. I was supposed to be embroidering a label for the Pinwheel Party quilt and quilting my mini log cabin. Instead, I sat down to blog a little in the morning and wound up blogging all day. Well.... I haven't had as much time to blog as I'd like, and I was really enjoying myself.

I got myself into a little trouble though surfing the web all day. I forget where, but I discovered a blog called Star Crazy Log, which is composed of a group of quilters who are all making this quilt called Star Crazy by Sue Garman. It's a Block of the Month designed by Sue for Alex Anderson's Quiltshow, and you can only access the pattern if you have a membership. I had seen the quilt on their website last year and thought it was spectacular. I just didn't do anything about it.

I've got about 60 UFO's in my closet now, but that's not nearly enough. So I bit the bullet, joined the Star Crazy Log blog, bought myself a membership to Quiltshow, downloaded the first couple of blocks, and spent some time yesterday pulling fabrics from the stash. I've got the rest of this month to catch up, then I'll be right on schedule for the March BOM. Normally I don't have the patience for BOM's, but I've got so many other irons in the fire right now that this may be a good thing.

There's nothing difficult about this quilt. It's all squares and half square triangle units--it's just that there's lots of piecing. Paper piecing templates for the half square triangle units are provided with the downloadable files, but I'll use my standard method of "make it big and square it up".

I have a good collection of batiks but not so many brights, so I may have to add a few (uh oh, stash enhancing). Even if I have to buy a few fat quarters though, it'll still be a great stashbuster and scrapbuster--the pattern calls for 10 yards of background fabric; and amazingly, I've got that right in the stash. One gal on the Star Crazy blog is using 30's repros, and I bet hers will be beautiful too.

9 comments:

karenfae said...

welcome to our little group that seems to be growing weekly!
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

LC said...

This one tempted me as well, but the UFO's won. Sigh. A friend is nearly finished the first BOM from the Quilt Show. It is a medallion and really spectacular. That one was also tempting. Sigh. At least I can cheer you on...

Jackie said...

Welcome to our group!! I look forward to seeing how yours works up. By the way, I love your pinwheel party quilt, beautiful.

Judy S. said...

^0 UFOs? Are you sure we aren't related? Are yours all quilts? Mine are spread out between knitting, quilting, and cross stitching.........sigh.

Nedra said...

We are very happy to have you as part of our group and look forward to seeing your blocks.

Barb D said...

What a great quilt for "Miss Scrappy" to make!! I can't wait to see it finished!! I'm in the same boat - way too many UFO's - but hey, that's what we do!! We just love new challenges, don't we?

Purple Pam said...

That is a beautiful quilt. Lots of little triangles everywhere. Your hexagon blocks are super. I can hardly wait to see the finished product. I know it will be a while, but I am willing to wait, both on the hexies and the stars.

Margo in Maine said...

I love it and had seen it but passed right on by...I am determined not to start something new until I get my UFO's done...hmmm I don't have as many as you do....but I am glad you are enjoying the journey...it will be fun to see come together....

Brenda said...

So glad you joined the Star Crazy BOM, I am really enjoying it.