2014 Christmas Projects Undone

I’ve got a lot on my list that is supposed to be done for Christmas giving. I think I either need a cloned me or someone who’s willing to step in an volunteer to do everything else. Maybe slip me a piece of bread under the door to the room I happen to be in at the time.  I’m easy to please. Maybe a bit of jelly on toast? A cup of fresh coffee?

  • Baby Doll Clothes and Hats
  • Hats and more hats for grands (not sure how many I’m going to get done…short notice on the requests and all…)
  • Sweater dress (have a good start on this)    DONE!
  • Scarves for the elderly people I know. (Yes. I do know people older than me so stick a sock in it!)
  • Quilts to be quilted (I still have two or more that need to be pieced)

And all that doesn’t include the cooking, cleaning, shopping and chores that still need to be done every day. I’m so glad I’m “retired”.  I sure can’t figure out when I ever had time to have a job outside the house when I was younger.

Pattern: Amish Star

from http://www.mccallsquilting.com/patterns/details.html?idx=7226:

Pattern: Amish Star

Amish Star

Skill Level BEGINNER

Finished Size 12″ x 12″

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Cutting Instructions

Gold print
… 4 squares 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″
… 8 squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
… 4 rectangles 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″
… 1 square 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″

Navy solid
… 8 squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″
… 4 squares 2 7/8″ x 2 7/8″
… 4 rectangles 2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″

Assembly Instructions
Step 1. On wrong side of 2 7/8″ gold print fabric, draw diagonal line with the marking tool of your choice. Layer square with 2 7/8″ navy square, right sides together. Sew 1/4″ seam on each side of marked line; cut apart on marked line. Press open to make pieced squares (Diagram I). Make 8 pieced-squares.

Step 2. Using Diagram II as a placement guide, sew 2 pieced squares to 2 navy 2 1/2″ squares. Make 4 total.

Step 3. Draw diagonal line on wrong side of gold print 2 1/2″ square. Referring to Diagram III, place marked square on navy rectangle, right sides together, aligning raw edges. Stitch on drawn line; trim away and discard excess fabric. Press open. Repeat on opposite end to make pieced rectangle. Make 4.

Step 4. Using Diagram IV as a guide, sew pieced rectangle to gold print rectangle. Make 4.

Step 5. Using Assembly Diagram as placement guide, sew units together to make rows. Sew rows together to make Amish Star Block.

Block Exchange Quilt

This beautiful quilt was brought to me by a friend. She’d acquired the blocks in her guild block exchange. She’s a hand quilter but wanted to get this quilted so she could hang it in her studio.

I decided on a large meander for this one because of the variety of blocks and designs. I didn’t want to over power the various blocks. She loved it.

The back of the quilt shows the large freehand meandering design.