Blue Stars (Frivols #12): All Finished, Completed & Done, and an Encore!

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This is the final Frivols, a table runner for my holiday table, shown here with my wooden toys from Sweden, Copenhagen and Germany.  I’m calling it Blue Stars.  I almost called it Christmas Stars, but what if I want to use it in July? (Just trying to be practical here.)

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I left you in the other post with all the stars and their backgrounds cut out, and tucked away in their little tin.  My first step when I got them back out, was to group them together, stars and backgrounds, making sure I had enough of each part to make the block.

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First up was to make the Flying Geese, then trim them up.  I rarely make geese that aren’t slightly wonky.  I’ve learned to live with this terrible character flaw, as when it is sewn up, no one knows.

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(Apologies for the nighttime lighting.)

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Trim it all up to 5 1/2.”

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Arrange the stars, obsess.  Decide it’s okay.  Decide to add little strips of color around the outside edge so that some of that extra fabric in the tin is used up.

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Sew together.

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I layered the finished runner with some Christmas fabric from the stash, some batting, put on my walking foot, and stitched in the ditch.  At some point I want to come in and do some echo quilting around all the stars, but hey–it’s December and I’ve got Stuff To Do, so that will have to wait.

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The backing. More beauty shots:

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Can I just say this again? Here they all are, back again for their encore:

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Frivols #1, Caitlin’s Baby Quilt

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Frivols #2, Windowpane

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Frivols #3, Betsy’s Quilt

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Frivols #4, Life’s Dilemma

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Frivols #5, Child’s Play

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Frivols #6, Practice Makes Perfect

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Frivols #7, Bread with Every Meal

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Frivols #8, Baby Bear

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Frivols #9, Walk Around the Block

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Frivols #10, Christmas Corner

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Frivols #11, Stars of Night, Lend Their Light

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Frivols #12, Blue Stars

I have some thoughts on this experience (surprise!) in the next post.

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Last one!! Last one!!

This is my last introduction to the series of small-tins-with-fabrics, called Frivols.  Although the other day, one of my non-sewing friends asked me how my Frizzles were doing.  I think she was about right. The little freebie with this tin is a couple of fabric quilt labels, seen in the lower center with the sleigh.

This is a line of blue-toned traditional fabric by Edyta Sitar, before she left the Moda hive and jumped over to Andover.  This design doesn’t call for any extra background fabrics, and makes a smallish table runner, 15″ by 35.”  More can be seen on the Moda blog.  They manufactured these tins about two years ago, but I have it on good authority that if you are resourceful, you can find them on Etsy, Ebay and other places.

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This fabric line, Blue Barn, is beautiful, and can easily blend into my holiday decor, since it’s December.  I’ve always loved blue with Christmas decorations.Frivols 12_5

I cut up all the stars and their backgrounds, labeling each stack…

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…and tucked them in their own tin until I could get to the sewing.

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The one disappointment in this tin was how much fabric I had leftover/wasted.  I’ll have to see if I can augment the design some way to use up what I can of these extra scraps.

Okay, we’re launched!  Get out your last Frivols tin and get cutting!

Frivols Finish #11, the Penultimate!

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Are we done yet? (not yet)

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The Cactus Garden photo

And here we are–almost completed with the Year of Making Frivols, with quilt #11, titled, Stars of Night, Lend their Light (quilt #213).  It’s the largest Frivols yet, finishing at about 55″ square. And yes–it used up all the fabric.  I supplemented it with white Grunge Dots from Moda.

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Look at those Xs!  And we’re done early this month!!

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The Quilting-in-Process photo

After pinning up the quilt, I knew I wanted to do star points in the stars, but what about the background?  I decided to experiement, making a circle, then stitching around it three times, then echoing it and rolling off into another center circle. Headphones are for listening to a Bruno, Chief of Police book; this time it was The Resistance Man.

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The How-Much-More-Do-I-Have-To-Quilt photo

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The Biological Sciences Building photo

Realizing that all my quilt pictures are around my house, and in my garden, I took it over to the Universide of California-Riverside, where my husband-quilt holder works as a professor, jumped out the car and we quickly took several photos while I was in the Passenger Pick-up Zone.  The motto for UCR (how we abbreviate it) is Fiat Lux, or Let There Be Light, so I springboarded off that idea to arrive at the title for this quilt.

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The sort-of Sea-Urchin-in-the-Tide-Pools photo, even though it’s a quilt with stars

I really really like the back, with those pointy stars floating among all those bubbly circles.

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The Bubbles photo

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The one-more-back-shot-on-the-other-side-of-the-sidewalk photo

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The Artsy Laying-on-the-Ground photo

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The Back of the Chevy photo

Because I wanted the setting sun to provide the light, it also meant that our streets were clogged with traffic, spilling off the freeways (welcome to Southern California).  So in meandering home, I spotted this perfectly turquoise Chevrolet pick up: perfect place for a quilt photo.  It’s fun to step out of the garden and get some different photos of quilts.

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The just-one-little-garden-snapshot photo

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The Check Out my Quilting on the Border photo

Hope you’ve enjoyed the quilt show of the penulitmate Frivols quilt!

It’s Fall–Time for a Christmas Frivols (#10 is finished!)

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What does fall mean?

It’s fall, when — if you live in the Northern States — leaves turn colors and fall off the trees.  Here in Southern California we know it’s fall because all the pumpkin spice food shows up in grocery stores, even though the temps are still in the 80s.

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We pretend it’s fall, and serve fall-colored food, like this Carrot Cauliflower Soup, and we’ve gotten out the fall-colored placemat and napkins, and you can bet there are pumpkins on my table.

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And if you answered “Christmas!!” in response to the prompt, you — unfortunately — are also correct.  So to take photographs of Frivols #10 finish, done up in a Sweetwater Christmasy line of fabrics, I headed to Costco for the photo shoot.  I’m calling it Christmas Corner, because all those quarter log-cabin shapes remind me of street corners.

Here are the finishing up photos for this little quilt, finishing at 32″ by 36″: arranging the quarter-log cabin square, pinning, then quilting it.  I didn’t have any red fabric for the binding, but in my Christmas bin, found a piece of an earlier Sweetwater Christmas line, and yes–it works quite well.

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So I’m tucking and arranging, and a woman comes by and says “They sell quilts at Costco?”  Turns out she’s a quilter (takes one to find one in Costco) and she agreed to hold up the quilt for me next to the ribbons and bows.  I never did find out her name, but we had a great chat about quilting groups, how beginners would be more successful choosing simple quilt designs, the advantages of working with a complete line of fabric in quilts.  It was one of the best conversations I’ve ever had in that giant warehouse store.

Here are couple other photos:
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Almost looks as if the snowmen are helping me.  Interestingly enough, aside from the quilter, nobody else thought it was weird that I was taking photos of a quilt…or at least they didn’t say anything. Here are some photos of the quilt in my garden:

I especially like the look of the stack on that last one.

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Ten done — two to go — so onto Frivols #11!

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It’s the first week of October and has been my tradition this year, I announce the next Frivols I’ll be making for that month. (Only three more months to go.)

 

Titled The Cookie Exhange, box #10 inclues a Christmasy set of fabrics, recipe cards for the extra, a quote about cookies, and directions to a cute Bento-box type quilt called (what else?) “Sugar.”  More info can be found on the Moda blog.

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I had put all of the Frivols tins in two cloth bags in my closet, and one-by-one I had been drawing them out to use.  What a nice surprise it was to find extra fabric tucked in next to this box.  See? I was being kind to my future self (for once).

AND, I’d like to announce the winner of the Paint by Numbers quilt book, a digital copy sent out by C & T books.

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Random Number Generator picked respondent #5, so congrats, Susan!  I’ll be emailing you details for how to get your book.

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Thank you to all who entered, and happy sewing!

 

All done with Frivols 9

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Yippee!  Number nine is finished, and in the same month I started it. We had to take my car in to get fixed (see recent post) and I thought taking photos at the auto body shop would be something different.  I’m calling it Walk Around the Block.

First, a cool picture from @bymariandrew:

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It’s been this way this month.  I’ve kind been working all the time to finish up this and that.

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I’ve been helped by listening to this excellent book,  Forty Autumns, by Nina Willmar, about one family separated by the Berlin Wall.  I got down an old guidebook from the bookshelf in our family room, and sure enough, it shows the two Germanys, and the “island” of West Berlin.  The Forty Autumns cover photo shows the Brandenburg Gate trapped in East Berlin, a fitting visual reminder of the difficulties of this time.  I recommend it highly.

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The squares had no HSTs–hallelujah! so I whipped right through them, and the directions were easy to follow in both cutting and sewing.Frivols 9 _7

After switching  the blocks around a bit, I found an arrangement I was happy with.

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Now to mark off the triangles to make the flying geese borders.  I usually put on a gizmo on my sewing machine to make that sewing easier, but I was talking to my Mom, and it seemed a nice quiet way to keep my hands busy.

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And then, just like that, I had it quilted and done.  I did loopies in the octagonal parts of the block, filling in with little petaled flowers.  I kept the quilting to a minimum, so the quilt is soft.  I always think there is a baby coming right around the corner who might need this.

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When I sewed on the the snowball squares, I did a double seam, so that I was — in the end — left with lots of little half-square triangles.  There are four per block, and two per triangle in the border, so you can figure out how many I have.

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I’m now three-fourths of the way through, and I often wondered if I would make it this far.  Thanks to all those supportive comments; I do appreciate them.

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A Stack of Frivols.
One is missing and is now the property of a wee girl named Halle.

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It’s been All Frivols, All the Time.

Now for a break!