Tuesday, 12 April 2016

Stop procrastinating ....... just DO it!

Back in January and February 2012 I participated in a Bee Swap on Flickr. I asked for a variety of star blocks using some designs that I had seen being made at that time by other Flickr members. At the time I received the blocks I was having health problems and going through several months of treatment so the blocks were put away.  Over the intervening years I have found them again in various sorting out sessions I have had in my sewing room and each time they have gone back to join other UFOs.

A few days ago I was looking at the Siblings Together blog ( siblingstogetherquiltgroup.BlogSpot.co.uk )  and the packet of star blocks popped into my head.
It's such a worthy cause, why didn't I just stop procrastinating, get out the blocks and make a quilt?

As you can see, they are very varied, lots of white background, in one case it was a creamy coloured white which really stood out like a sore thumb when they were laid out on the carpet.
But, I had an idea of sashing with multi-coloured strips and set to.  In two days I had created this quilt top:

A lot of the fabrics came from my scrap strings, but I also had to cut into lots of FQs for more variety.  The outside border is Delhi Flowers by Amy Butler, a piece of lovely fabric I had been hoarding for ages.
I am really pleased with the quilt.  This morning I sandwiched it, this afternoon I machine quilted the main part of the quilt but I am going to do some hand stitching round the stars and where there is still a lot of white showing.

One of the interesting things about the top is that the creamy white block is now not noticeable at all - magic!

Have a look at the Siblings Together blog - perhaps you will inspired to finish a UFO and donate a quilt.

I am feeling very enthusiastic about those star blocks now - perhaps it was worth waiting for 4 years for an idea to pop into my head!


  1. I love your scrappy star quilt! Well worth finishing indeed!

  2. You have done a great job at making this into a top. It really looks good.
    So you have settled in at home well enough to get stuck into some sewing. Good on you.

  3. It looks gorgeous and will be much appreciated thank you so much! You are a star for doing it! Thank you for linking up to #scraptastictuesday

  4. Came across your post via linky with scraptastidtuesday. Thank you! I really love what you did with your orphan stars!!! And, I know some sweet little sibling will be thrilled with the gift. Congratulations -- well done! lynnstck(at)yahoo.com

  5. You should be enthusiastic about these great blocks - They look fantastic!