A Wonky Stars Baby Boy Quilt, With a Plot Twist

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Wonky Stars Quilt B

I started making a quilt for a baby boy using bright solids mixed with shades of brown and cream.  I thought the neutral tones would calm the brights, but then I thought it was a bit too calm.  I threw in a much needed plot twist — polka dots.

Baby quilts always make me dream of the recipient’s future.  This quilt made me think how colorful the regular days are when you’re a child, and how much more the big days will really stand out in his memory.

Wonky Stars Quilt A

Then for good measure, I did a little hand quilting around the stars in the polka dotted blocks, just to give them an extra little pop.

Wonky Stars Quilt C

The backing is a print of old comic book ads from the Rocket Age collection by October Afternoon for Riley Blake. The backing along with the wood grain binding makes me think of little boys reading comic books in their tree house over summer break.  (And it was a lot of fun stitching what looked like wood to paper!)

Wonky Stars Quilt E

Summer days and babies … anticipation!

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Bad Pictures of My Current Projects

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Sorry, they are bad pictures.  Sometimes it just turns out that way.

First, here’s the Deegie Face quilt top finished and hung up, but on a day so sunny (and me so rushed for time) that it’s even hard to see:

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And here it is with the photo that inspired it:

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It’s off to the long arm quilter this weekend. I chose a soft flannel for the backing, and I think I’ll see if the quilt shop has a heavier batting than I usually use. I just imagine this quilt being super cuddly, like Deegie.

My next quilt is for a baby boy in our family. I’m using some of the browns leftover from Deegie’s quilt along with some brights I already had and some scraps from the Healing Quilt. I threw in a little plot twist, just for fun.

Percy and Wonky Stars Blocks

Percy noticed it right away.

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Current WIP: Proof I Am a Crazy Cat Lady

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By far, most of the quilts I’ve made have been given as gifts to family and friends.  I’d love to have a stack of quilts at home, so I’m investing some time making quilts that have special meaning for us.

When I thought about how to sum up the last year or so for our family, one word came to mind: Kittens.  (They do tend to take over the house, especially in multiples.)  A cat themed quilt seemed cute but maybe too general.  Since this is just for the people in our house, I went for something more specific and personal.  Diego (Deegie) was the first of our recent kittens, so I’m piecing together a quilt top of his strikingly light/dark face to represent our Year of Kittens.

Cutting took ages.  Piecing is a bit more fun, especially since I’m using my “new” Singer Featherweight.

Squares and Triangles for Deegie Face Quilt

Whites for Deegie Face Quilt

Deegie Face Quilt in Progress

Deegie Face Quilt Laying Out Squares

Deegie Quilt Progress

And there’s my progress as of this snow/sleety/icy morning.  Still half a Deegie face to go, and then he’ll be off to the quilt shop.  I’ve teased the kids that I might make pillows of Leo and Percy faces.  I just might …

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English Paper Piecing Star Coasters

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For your browsing pleasure, a photographic mish-mash of assorted English paper pieced star coasters in their various stages of construction:

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And a kit made for my little sister in law who wants to learn English paper piecing:

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It contains a Happy Doggie needle book, red, white and blue fabric, batting, felt backing, scissors, thread, thread conditioner and a little soap box to hold the paper piecing templates.  (I used 1.5″ 60 degree diamonds from Quilt Laughing on Etsy.)  I added a label for fun.

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And I have a large paper piecing project that I’ve been away from for too long, so back to it!

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My “New” 1950 Singer Featherweight 221

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Singer Featherweight 221 1950 Model

Introducing Ethel, my “new” Singer Featherweight 221!  I’ve wanted a backup sewing machine for a long time, simply because I fear the day that my Janome may need servicing while I’m in the middle of a big project, and then what would I do?  Not sew?!

Singer Featherweight 221 Needle Macro

So I showed my husband my “just dreaming” machine, and he surprised me by telling me to go ahead and buy one, we’d call it a Valentine’s present.  (When you’ve been married more than 20 years, Valentine’s kind of turns into an “I know you’re going to end up buying that anyway, so maybe I want credit for it” event, and it’s all good.  :) )  Even though the machines are quite old, good machines really aren’t hard to find.  I purchased mine from a seller on Etsy, where there are several more to choose from.  Prices seem to range from $275 to $500 or more, depending on the condition of the machine and its accessories.  One of the wonderful things about a Featherweight is that you can do most or all of the service for it yourself at home for very low cost.  I suggest buying the book The Featherweight 221 and I by David McCallum for wonderful care and repair instructions.

Singer Featherweight 221 Medalion Detail

With a little research, I learned that my machine was built on March 31, 1950 and sold for $140.  In today’s dollars, that would be $1,372.07, which makes me feel like I got a real bargain.

Another thing I love about Ethel — she has tattoos, just like Kanye!

Ethel and Kanye Tattoos

She’ll fit in around here just fine, won’t she?

Singer Featherweight 221 Sewing Machine

She stitches beautifully, but I still have days worth of cutting before I’m anywhere close to starting on my next project. I’m very excited about piecing my next quilt on this sewing machine!

If you’re interested in learning more about Singer Featherweights, I found this post by Jeni at In Color Order very helpful.

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