What I’m working on….

I designed a new quilt that features a variation on the Maverick Star block.  Kelli was so excited about it that she insisted that we work on it on Saturday when she was home….

So far, I am loving it!!  I only have this one block complete but I have many of the outer pieces all pieced and sewn together.  I am anxious to keep working on this one!!


The entire quilt has come out of scraps that I got in my recent Goodwill runs and my 2 1/2″ strip bucket.  I just love a quilt that is scrappy.  One time someone said are all your quilts made with those same dark fabrics…Nope…occasionally I do a bright one..but rarely is ever do I make a quilt that has just a few prints.  Scrappy is my genre.

I am anxiously waiting for Country Threads to pull the next UFO number for April.  I did get my #9 quilt top all done-you can see it here.  I was hoping to get it quilted and bound but I am just going to celebrate the progress that I did make.  A finished quilt top it a good thing.  Being I have the two UFO lists I did work on the other #9 too.  I have 30 blocks finished…32 left to do.  That means that is much closer to being finished too.

I plan to keep this project out and to not stuff it back in the UFO cupboard.  My hope is that they will pick a UFO number of a quilt that all I have to do is machine quilt it..then I can work on this too.

I am so hoping that once the weather clears and we can be outside that I will still be able to keep up with UFO’s.  I really, really, really want to tackle them!!  2013 is my year of UFO’s…I can conquer that stack..at least that is what I keep telling myself.

When I was at the quilting retreat there was a give and take table.  People put things on the table they no longer wanted and others could just take what they wanted.  Our daughter Kelli was standing in line waiting for an iron, paging through a few of the books.  She found this….

I LOVE IT!!  We took it from the table and took it home with us.  Man-o-man it is taking all my will power to not jump in and make this!!  I love it.  The entire quilt is made of 1″ finished squares.  This is on my list of MUST-MUST make quilts.  I know I will be asked so I am including the information.  The pattern is in the book 50 Country Quilting Projects by Margit Echols.  The book is old so Amazon only has it listed in the used book section and it only costs a penny plus the $3.99 shipping.  The book was published in 1990 and pattern pieces are still given rather than rotary cutting instructions…  I am not wild about the other projects in the book.  They are very dated….

If I can get a little further down my UFO list, I just might have to pause and make this quilt.  Tomorrow I will be talking to a gild over in Luana, Iowa and Wednesday I’ll be going back and teaching classes for them.  It sounds like fun for me.  For now, I am off to get some things packed up to take with.

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9 thoughts on “What I’m working on….”

  1. I really like what you’ve done with that block! A lot of possibilities. Can’t wait to see how the quilt turns out!

  2. Thanks for showing the quilt from Margit Echols book. I love working with tiny pieces, so I ordered a copy of that book from Amazon.

  3. Oh, what a great block; what fun you will have working with it.
    The Margit Echol’s book was in my local public library. I remember taking it out when I first started quilting (23 years ago!). Will have to see if they still have it. That is a really cool quilt.

  4. Daisy Christopherson

    I really like that Maverick Star block. You are so busy and yet you get so much accomplished it just blows me away. Keep up the great work.

  5. I was making the same UFO as you, but I ran out of the fabric for the sashing… I havn’t gotten it out in a while. I need to look at it and see if I can use something else.

  6. Do I understand that you designed the Maverick Star block you are working on? will you be posting the pattern/directions? I really like the look of that block and the way you used all sorts of fabrics….I too like scrappy looking quilts. I can’t wait to see how your quilt will look using these blocks.

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