Good & Plenty

Mom and I blasted through the blocks for the Good & Plenty quilt we’re making for our neighbor’s daughter’s high school graduation. We actually have a few extra blocks that we’ll use on the back. For now, here’s the layout:

Good & Plenty layout

I like to take a picture and look at it in a smaller view so I can see any odd patterns or balance issues. Any opinions?

Quilting Bee

Friday, my mom, aunts, and friends got together for our monthly stitch & bitch. In addition to our regular sewing projects, they worked on Wonky Stars for the Bushfire Quilt Project. I say “they” because I had to work. Hmmm… restaurant and dinner theater, Valentine’s Day… yep, no getting out of work that day. I did, however, manage to make one Wonky Star yesterday, and I plan to make several more today. Here are the ladies hard at work (except Mom, who’s holding the camera):

Bushfire Quilting Ladies

And are all of the blocks that they made:

Bushfire Quilt Project VERY Wonky Stars

As you can see, some of them are wonkier than others – it was their first time sewing this block and a few “mistakes” were made. However, I think the odd bits really make the quilt. It’s all about wonkiness, after all! I received several nice comments about the super wonky blocks over on Flickr, too. Click on the photo to see them.

In addition to the Wonky Stars, my aunt Karen brought three completed baby quilt tops to donate. She’s been making charity quilts for many years.

Bushfire Baby Quilt 1
Bushfire Baby Quilt 2
Bushfire Baby Quilt 3

As usual, there was food (thank you Larry for the delicious cherry bars!), gabbing, and lots of laughter. Too bad I missed it this time!

OttLite Giveaway

Have you heard of OttLites? They are fantastic lights for crafters because they allow you to see colors more accurately (no yellowing). They also lessen eye strain – my grandparents use them by their computers and reading chairs. Well, Quilting on a Budget is giving away an OttLite, so be sure to run over to their blog and join in! (At the request of the OttLite company, the giveaway is for US mailing addresses only.)

Bushfire Quilt Button

Helen (aka mini_milly04 aka Patchy Works of Mini Grey) made this great button for the Bushfire Quilt Project.

Bushfire Quilt Project

If you’d like to post this button on your blog, you can copy the code below:

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I have to say, I’m so thrilled with the level of participation Tia is receiving. There are 160 members of the Flickr group, over 100 photos posted of blocks that have been assembled, even a whole quilt top! She’s gathering quilters in her area to assemble the blocks and finish the quilts. She’s received donations of backing and batting (and thread, I believe) from Kim at Honeysuckle Cottage quilt shop. She’s found hundreds of people who want to do something to help.

We’re having another family (and friends) sewing day on Saturday, and they’re going to work on some Wonky Stars (and maybe some non-Wonky Stars). Unfortunately I have to work, so my contribution will be cutting the fabric – I have squares and scraps cut for a dozen stars, and I’m cutting more tomorrow. I’d like to put together 25 stars and send a completed top – maybe even a finished quilt. We’ll see how it goes…

If you’re interested in helping, click on the button above for more info. Remember, these blocks are due to Tia by the end of March!

More Free Star Quilt Block Patterns

Please check out the Flickr group for the Bushfire Quilt Project.

Here are a couple more patterns of 12″ finished quilt blocks. (The first bunch are posted here.) Click on the photo or name to download the PDF file with the instructions.

The Wonky Star is basically a 12″ finished version of the beautiful Maverick Stars from Quiltville. Please view her page for a much more detailed (not to mention prettier!) description of the assembly. I only wrote it out so it had the necessary measurements to create a 12″ finished block – her instructions really are so much more complete.

Wonky Star
Wonky Star

The Uneven Star is a slightly more structured version of the Wonky Star. It’s extremely easy, and if wonkiness is difficult for you, try this one instead. A basic nine patch, it is like a Friendship Star with extra points.

Family BOM Star 1
Uneven Star

Bushfire Quilt Project – Free Star Quilt Block Patterns

This is in response to campfollowerbaglady‘s Bushfire Quilt Project on Flickr. She’s collecting 12 1/2″ star blocks with light colored backgrounds that she will assemble into quilts for the people of Victoria, Australia, who are so tragically affected by the bush fires.

Since her address is an APO, those of us from the United States can mail to her at a regular rate, not overseas rate. Please, if you have a few minutes to spare to put together a star quilt block or two, think about participating in this group.

So if you’re looking for easy star blocks, here are a couple of simple patterns. Also be sure to check out the next couple of patterns I posted here.

Friendship Star
Friendship Star

Variable Star Flying Geese
Variable Star using Flying Geese

Variable Star HST
Variable Star using Half Square Triangles

Dimensional Variable Star
Dimensional Variable Star using One Seam Flying Geese