What I’m Working On…

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday hit me like a bus.  Honest.  I felt horrible.  It’s the worst I’ve felt in a long time…it was definitely the worst I’ve felt throughout my whole ordeal.  I thought I was ready for an upswing so it hit even harder.  Thankfully I had a few blog posts already in place because I was not well at all.  I ended up at the doctor twice over that time period.  More on all of that in tomorrow’s post.  Just know for now, I’m on the uptake.  Sunday I finally started feeling like a person and not a bag of side effects.  I am so thankful.

Anyway, I did VERY little over the weekend.  Kayla came home and we hung out.  She was helpful…cooking and taking care of me.  Then Sunday Kalissa invited us over for supper.  I finally felt better on Sunday….The “bus” of tired and crazy problems left and FINALLY the me and the me I love is coming back.

I did finish up my string blocks.  I have the star blocks sewn together.  I couldn’t find a good place to lay them out.

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Try as might I couldn’t get Ruby to not sit on the blocks.  She’s yet to learn that she only needs to sit on finished quilts.  She thinks it’s her duty to sit on anything that’s on the floor.  Silly dog.

I need some advice….Would you sew them all together as is?

Would you not sew them together and take the stars and make them into baby quilts?

I thought about sashing or something between the stars but then something gets lost as the neutral blocks come together.

Right now if I sew them together as is, in a 3 star by 3 star setting, as shown they will make a 90″ x 90″ quilt.  My machine only lets me do 100″ x 100″ and that’s kind of hard so keep that in mind when you offer any advice….I need the quilt to stay under 100″ x 100″.

Borders…just binding??  What do you think readers?  I’m at a loss.  Originally I had it in mind to just sew the big stars together.  Now I’m not sure.

I’ll happily read any advice…..

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43 thoughts on “What I’m Working On…

  1. Jen B

    I’d sew the stars together as they are, then a neutral border of some kind – I always seem to loose star points when I do the binding.

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  2. Susie Q

    Glad to hear you are on the up swing….

    On the quilt end of things – I would sew together and make it a big quilt. Like mentioned before I too, would put a border – like more neutral strings – so the stars can float and not have their points lost. Summer wedding quilt #4???

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  3. Carolyn S

    So glad you’re on the upswing and that the worst is behind you! No borders, just a neat binding.

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  4. Tina in NJ

    I’d sew the stars together as is. If you think it needs a border (I don’t), make it skinny, no wider than 2-3 inches. And make the binding the same color, and make them both colorful, like the stars. I absolutely love this quilt! My cat has to sit on any quilt part I put down. I think she plays with my pins (I use a magnetic pin cushion) when I’m not around.

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  5. Sandy A in St. Louis

    Glad you are on the mend. So sorry to hear you were so sivk!

    I would sew it as you have it, add a skinny border to help stabilize it, then bind it scrappy. It turned out so pretty!

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  6. Josie McRazie

    Sorry to hear you have been under the weather.
    I love the string quiltt as is! Skip the borders! Find a fun bold binding! Something that really pops!! Maybe even make the binding a bit bigger than you normally would so it really frames the quilt and stops the eye! Cant wait to see what you do with it!! ;0)

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  7. Susan

    I think the stars look great in this setting. A pieced border Or a small light colored one would be okay. I think I want to make One of these! Feel better….

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  8. Ellie

    So you are feeling better!
    I like it just the way you have it! No borders, just a binding. If you want to add to it a row of string blocks, either all light or two tone would work. But I like it just as you have it.

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  9. Myrna

    I think it’s stunning just as it is. I would just add a colorful binding. I hope that the worst is behind you now and you continue to feel much better.

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  10. Janine Baker

    Glad to hear that you are on the mend! Sorry to hear that you were very under the weather, and that you’re coming out the other side!
    I LOVE the quilt and would keep it just as is. I agree with the simple 2″ border and I would even bind it in the scrappy neutrals so it is just the stars that reach out and grab you. I think it will be stunning when you are done.
    Continue feeling better. Hugs, Janine Baker

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  11. Jean

    Sew it together as it is – it is lovely. No sashing, no borders. So sorry to hear about what you had to go through in the health department but glad you are feeling better.

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  12. Marie

    I think it looks great as it is! I like big quilts so would probably add a border. I also think that you could make two smaller quilts with four stars and a border that would look good. Depends what you want the quilts for?

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  13. Judy

    The quilt is lovely as it is. I like the idea of just binding in whatever color you would like to emphasize.
    So glad you are feeling better.

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  14. Jill Klop

    Love the stars! I don’t feel like it needs a border either. Sorry to hear you were so sick! Glad things are starting to get better for you! Take care!!!

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  15. Sally

    Oh, Jo! So sorry it’s been such a hard weekend. Glad you are feeling more like yourself!
    I love the quilt as you have it laid out. I would add a minimal border (probably 2″) of neutral strings, scraps, or one neutral fabric, then the binding. I don’t put borders on all of my quilts, but I would use the small neutral border on this one to have some separation between the star points and the binding. Ruby is absolutely adorable. I look for her in your quilt photos!

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  16. Donna

    Glad you’re feeling better. Hopefully from here on it’s all up hill. You’ve handled this illness so well.

    For the quilt it is gorgeous. If it was mine I would do a neutral border to separate the stars from the binding and make them float plus stabilize the edges then a bright binding. I hope with all the work in this one it’s a keeper for you or one of the kids. It’s such a happy quilt.

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  17. Judy

    I am glad you are feeling better. Sorry you were so sick. The quilt is beautiful, I love string quilts. I would leave it as it is and bind it.

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  18. Margaret

    I’d sew together as shown and put a string border on maybe about 1-2 inches, it will float the stars slightly and it should help stabilize the edge. I would use a variety of neutrals to do this border to go with the scrappy feel. I would think than a colored border with make the stars pop, again just use up the scraps for binder.
    Glad to hear you are feeling better. Love springtime in Iowa, take time to enjoy it all. The fabric will be there when you are ready to dive back in.

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  19. Margaret

    I’d sew together as shown and put a string border on maybe about 1-2 inches, it will float the stars slightly and it should help stabilize the edge. I would use a variety of neutrals to do this border to go with the scrappy feel. I would think than a colored binding with make the stars pop, again just use up the scraps for binding.
    Glad to hear you are feeling better. Love springtime in Iowa, take time to enjoy it all. The fabric will be there when you are ready to dive back in.

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  20. Cindy

    I hope that your upswing in the health department continues. As for the quilt, I really like it. It’s going on my to-do list. I like the suggestions of putting a scrappy neutral narrow
    border and a light binding so the stars look like they are floating. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. Elaine Walker

    I say put it together as is. A small border and matching binding. I love the stars! So glad you are doing better and hope it continues to get even better.

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  22. Betty (from Canada)

    Glad you are feeling better. I think you should just sew the blocks together as they are in the picture then maybe a small border. Remember even the energizer bunny needs a rest.

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  23. Linda Smith

    Tiny neutral border, just enough to prevent the points being lost. Then a neutral binding. Love how the stars float.

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  24. Debbie B

    So happy to hear you are feeling better today. You are a trooper. I love the quilt as is, but a lively small border and/or binding would be great. But I’m sure it will be super whatever you decide. Take care…Hugs!

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  25. Sharlene B

    Glad you’re feeling a little more like your self. I’d agree with many who have said to leave it as it is and also resist the urge to put a border on it. Test out a neutral binding or a colourful binding (both have great possibilities) and decide that once it’s quilted.

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  26. Nell

    This doesn’t help you at all: but I am starting this quilt as soon as I get done with my school year. MAY 20 and I have plans to string piece like a crazy woman! :) It has been floating around in my head and I keep seeing it. . .so I am diving in!

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  27. Ann

    Maybe a 3/4″ wide finished neutral border to preserve star points with a 2″ crumb strip border ala Bonnie Hunter. Bind with scrappy leftover bindings.

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  28. Kathy Boushell

    So glad you’re feeling better! I’d go with just a binding. The quilt is beautiful.

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  29. Myra

    So glad you are on the upswing of this thing and I love your quilt, even with Ruby parked on it, she is a baby doll. Only thing I would say is leave it as it is, I want to make one of those.

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  30. Janette

    I love it just as it is! I would love to make one just like it. I also really like the quilt on the right side of the picture and wondered if you would show a full picture of it and possibly the pattern. I hope you are feeling even better today.

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  31. Andresa

    My first thought is to simply use a neutral binding with no borders; certainly it’s big enough that it doesn’t NEED borders. However, I also like the idea of a narrow neutral border to float the colorful stars. What I’m not certain about with that latter idea is whether the binding should be neutral or bring color to the edge. Either way you do this, it’s going to be stunning; can’t wait until you show the finished quilt. Because the next question to answer is ‘what color thread’ for the quilting? And what design?

    Glad you’re on the upswing. It is no fun when there are things you want to do and you just don’t have the energy to do them.

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  32. Mary Jo B.

    Like everyone else suggested – a small 2.5 inch border of neutrals ( or less). For the binding, I would do small sections of brights – change the color every 12 inches or so. You could do a lot of colors, or pick 5 or 6 brights and repeat their colors. Ruby is a smart dog – didn’t you say she gets a treat when she poses with a quilt? All those blocks on the floor look like q quilt to her! Go Ruby!

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  33. Barbara F.

    Gotta love Ms. Ruby! She’s just doing her job (enhancing the beauty of the quilt). I love your string star blocks and would sew them together as they are laid out on the floor (without sashings). I like how each star touches the next. It would leave room for a small outer border if you think it needs it. A scrappy colorful binding would finish it off nicely too. Can’t wait to see what you come up with . . . :o)

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  34. Pat

    Love it as it is! I’d add either a neutral binding or a binding made from strips…either would be lovely…do what’s easiest for you! So thankful you have the quarantine behind you. You have really set the bar high for having a good attitude in a bad situation!

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