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Friday, September 2, 2011

Scatty Stars, Autumn and Tumblers

Hurricane Irene is now past, but for some in New England the pain goes on.  Too many sad stories, so I'm here to express gratitude that nothing awful happened here.  She went more inland so all that I experienced was loss of power and a big mess in the yard. I know we are all praying for those whose lives have been turned upside down.

Those are my Scatty Stars from the Christmas Quilt Along that I finally worked on today.  I needed fabric for the rail fence blocks, so I went with black and am very pleased with the choice.  I'm working on balancing the colors.  The top picture looks right, but this view doesn't and it's the same.
Thank you again to Sue of Quilt Times and Cathi of Shakerwood Quilts for this cool design. 

I'm so ready for autumn and have been going through my magazines for things to make.  I found a cute cross stitch design in an October 2009 issue of Crafts 'n things.  It's designed by Lois Winston courtesy of DMC.  This is where I am so far.
I've got lots of leaves to stitch in, but I am enjoying this cross stitch.

My tumbler quilt is sewn together to some extent.  I don't have a border on it yet and I do want to add one. 

Hope all is well.
God Bless You!


Stray Stitches said...

Scatty Stars looks beautiful to me in either direction. I really like the use of the black - makes the colors pop!
Seeing all of the counted cross stitch across blogland makes we want to start up again. However, I have a few projects that HAVE TO complete before I can.
Have a wonderful weekend, Joanna!!

QuiltSue said...

Your quilt looks wonderful. I never think of using black in my quilts, but looking at yours, I really should consider it more. It's wonderful how it makes the stars stand out.

Hazel said...

Goodness - I am sorry in being so slow in commenting here, Joanna! Let me say that I'm looking forward to seeing how your tumbler quilt progesses - it is easy on the eye as you show it here.

Have to say how I love your scatty stars - they are coming together now - yes? I've come back to your post time and again to look at your layout - and I must say that I love your strong railfences.

Where they 'grab' the star blocks (in my view) are where the stars have the same, or a simlar dark background - as Sue says, maybe we discount black fabric, but this has give your overall look a real zing.

I am behind now with the QAL as I haven't redone my railfences in yellow-grey-yellow, and I hate to be running to catch up BUT I have Sue's Stepping Stones quilt from her book that I am keen to finish too - almost there!

A busy weekend ahead then, but I'm looking forward to catching up with you, Joanna - love to you and Moxie :-)


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Lynn said...

I love the colors you selected for your stars quilt. The color balance is perfect.

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Love the colors you chose for your star quilt. Very striking.

Shakerwood said...

It looks just wonderful. I love the color choices. The only thing I can suggest is maybe putting some pink in the one block that looks all white. Is there a small applique you could put in the middle square just to give it a little more contrast? Or better yet would be to try to remove that center square and replace it with pink. Trust me, it can be done! I've replaced one fabric in the middle of a quilt before. A little tedious but worth the effort.