Monday, April 11, 2011

Design Wall and etc..........

I have finished up the spinning stars quilt and have decided to name it "Rolling, Rolling, Rolling." I am now working on the back. I will put at least one spinning star on the back. I have used almost all of that background fabric and I bought all that the shop had, so thus am limited to what I can do.  I have saved enough for the binding.  I bought about 8 1/2 yards of background.  It doesn't seem possible that you would use so much fabric.  It is a paper-pieced quilt so there is a lot of waste.  If I made it again, I would widen the strips by a half inch, and then you could use the piece that you cut off (waste) for the next triangle.  It would save considerably. 

In the corners to make this a rectangle quilt instead of using large pieces of fabric, I cut triangles the same size as the triangles used in the spinning stars. It also has a three inch border.

This is a little project that I am doing to use up fabric.  Most of my quilts are little pieces and they take a long time to make.  I am slow anyway.  I am going to make several quilts with larger pieces and quilts that go together faster just to use up some of the excess fabric that I have.  I do not want to buy anymore storage containers.  It is like living within my means, no more storage containers.

I found this pattern "Off the Grid" on the net.  It is a Moda pattern.  It is made with nine nine-patch blocks.  I made it one row longer.  With nine it would make a nice table topper but with twelve it could be use as a leg warmer. 

I made this pillowcase this weekend for my grandson.  He lives on Whidbey Island in Washington state.  I thought he would like the bugs.  This is a closeup of the fabric.  I think it is so cute. 

And then there is my pesky cat, JAC.  She follows me everywhere I go.  My desk is much too small for my "junk",  keyboard and etc, and then a cat that thinks she can spread out.

Hope all is well on your end.........


  1. My cats often complain that my computer desk isn't big enough for them ... I consider it a good thing ;-)

  2. Rolling, Rolling, Rolling is great. You've done a great job so far. When Jac was through rolling on the keyboard did he have anything constructive to say...? LOL

  3. OK be happy. I use my lap top in my lap. My rott-lab mix thinks he needs to sit in my lap too, all spread out so he can "help" me.

  4. Sharie, the Spinning Stars are magnificant!

    And I really like Off the Grid too. I need to destash with some larger stuff like you, so I think I will pick that idea up and run!

    glen: love the kitty on keys! LOL.

  5. Love how your spinning stars came out. I looked up the grid pattern you are doing, neat pattern. I still haven't tried the pillow case pattern. I bought fabric to do one when Larry was still in business.

  6. Your stars are incredible!! That is a lot of work to paper piece them.

  7. That star quilt simply sparkles - so pretty! And I love that 9 patch quilt, that is a great design.

  8. LOve, Love love your spinning stars quilt -- I am going to have to figure this out in EQ7...

  9. Your quilt is beautiful, the spinning stars seem to jump off the background.