Sneak Peek at Feathered Carpenter’s Star

Here’s a sneak peak of how the Carpenter’s Star will be quilted during the upcoming feather lessons.  This is way more feathers than I would normally put on this quilt.  Except for the background behind the outermost star points, every square inch of this quilt has feathers.

That’s a whole lot of feathers!  There’s still time if you want to get your Carpenter’s Star top done and quilt along with us beginning June 1.  If you’re interested in participating, click on the “Group Projects” tab above for the details.

Sweet Treat Quilt Along – Part 4

After the first borders, which were given in Part 3, it’s time for the pieced borders.

See edit below:

This border can be made using all plain, non-pieced squares/rectangles — some cut 4-1/2″ and some cut 5″ x 4-1/2″ (to make the top and bottom strips measure 51-1/2″ and the side borders need to measure 60-1/2″) or a mixture of some plain and some pieced.  For the pieced, they need to be 4-1/2″ unfinished/4″ finished.  I used leftover 2″ strips that were cut for the main blocks and then trimmed the squares down to 4-1/2″.

The next two borders:

 Border #3 – Background Fabric:
Sides – 2-1/2″ x 68-1/2″
Top & Bottom – 2-1/2″ x 63-1/2″

Border #4 – Any Fabric
Sides – 4-1/2″ x 72-1/2″
Top & Bottom – 4-1/2″ x 71-1/2″

The finished quilt should measure 71″ x 80″.


I wasn’t happy with this pieced border so I changed it to 3″ finished squares, which are cut 3-1/2″.  The side borders will have 20 squares and the top and bottom borders will have 19 squares.

The remaining borders will be changed as follows and the finished top will now measure 69″ x 78″.

Border #3 – Background Fabric:
Sides – 2-1/2″ x 66-1/2″
Top & Bottom – 2-1/2″ x 61-1/2″

Border #4 – Any Fabric
Sides – 4-1/2″ x 70-1/2″
Top & Bottom – 4-1/2″ x 69-1/2″

What’s in Your Freezer?

Last week,  it was the magazine in the fridge.  Today, it’s a quilt top in the big freezer . . right under the bags of crawfish tails and right next to the pecans.

And in the small freezer, right next to the andouille sausage, it’s charm packs:

The reason (and you know I have a good one!):  We have a horrible moth problem in this area this time of year.  It must be like the swarming Formosan termites in southwest Louisiana in that it happens every year about this time.  The shop is full of them.  I don’t think they’re getting into the sewing room.  It’s pretty tight but the boxes above the sewing room . . the moths are everywhere up there.  I was looking for something yesterday upstairs and found a quilt top which was actually a UFO that should already have been finished, and there were those charm packs.  I figured I’d stick them in the freezer til I have time to inspect them.  No way will I stick them in the sewing room til I’m sure there’s no signs of moths in them.  That’s one thing I don’t need around my fabric and yarn.