Reach for the Stars Quilt

My Mom receives Quilters Newsletter magazine regularly.

Reach for the Stars Quilt

Reach for the Stars Quilt

On the cover one month was this quilt.

She was so drawn to the colors and encouraged me to make the quilt at the same time.  I love making quilts with different blocks and so I agreed.  Twice a year we, along with seven or so other women, go on quilt retreat at my Uncle and Aunt’s Sabina Farm Inn in Rumford, Maine.  April 2014 was our month to start this new, exciting project!

I like to go to my stash first when choosing fabrics.  I usually have in mind one focal fabric.  However, that was not the case this time.  I had a mental vision but nothing I had was fitting the bill.  The main fabric needed to be just right as some squares would be fussy-cut.  Of course, you have to LOVE it, right?  We journeyed to Joann’s to finish up our selection of fabrics.  I spotted my focal fabric and right next to it were a couple of perfect coordinating pieces.  So awesome when what you think will be difficult just effortlessly happens.  After telling Mom I wanted to make a blue quilt because I don’t use blue often, here are the colors I chose.

Guess I’m really not drawn to blue!  Are there colors you can’t or won’t use?  I don’t have opposition to blue and it was interesting that I gravitate away from it even when I determine to use it.

Center Square

Center Square

At the April retreat we were able to do several blocks.  I must say that it was a challenging quilt as the directions have you cut three blocks at a time and then it’s like building a puzzle when you start to sew.  After six blocks though, I did catch on and have a system.  In sewing, methodical sometimes is the answer.  That being said, at retreat I just have to keep up with the conversations all around me and that may have contributed to my confusion at times…

One of the Blocks

One of the Blocks

This week we will be putting 14 squares, the center block, and the triangles together.  I am so excited!  We don’t have directions yet for the border as the magazine comes bimonthly.  I know sewing and quilting makes us patient, but really?  Sometimes I just want to keep going, give up eating, and stay in my own creative world!

And I’ll have to really think about the quilting of this one.  I prefer to make my own designs and play when I quilt.  Sometimes too much thought can overwhelm a quilt and I find it’s best to just let it happen…  Completed pictures will follow.

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