Some basics information:
*I do not care if star itself is made of white fabric (tone on tone or a solid) or if it is a print(s); If you choose to do a wonky star please keep the wonkiness down to a minimum (this project of mine I used the wonky method of making but kept stars pretty consistent). We Three Stars; Scrappy blocks or coordinated ones are both just fine; Colors/fabrics: I would prefer your blocks not be made of all solids but have no problems with solids or tone on tones being a part of the block; Colors I am open to pretty much anything.
The Threaders who contributed blocks are:
+Jodyrose;+Posyp Thank you all these are even more amazing than I ever could have hoped for...
Update 5-18-13 All blocks are done and sashed...
Update 5-28-13 Blocks are sewn together into top. Will add a thin (@2") border of the charcoal gray all round.
Update 1-11-13 Done...I made a deal with myself that this quilt needed to be complete (and one more UFO top has to be done but not quilted) before I can work on a newer project. So basted, quilted and did binding on this one today. Had some issues with quilting but it is done and ready to be used so all is well. It is dark here so not great pictures... thank you to all my hive mates for the terrific blocks!!
One of my all time favorite stars and one of the first blocks I ever made....
Cant wait to start on yours :)
Jodyrose I am so looking forward to seeing all the different ways a star can be made in a block! And love Rebecca's...
I was in a Row Robin swap last summer and had to to a star row for one gal. What great fun we had with the stars and there are SO many to choose from! Thanks for April's information. It's never too early to start!
Quilterinmotion It has also all been listed under the group (I did it a few weeks ago:-). I posted here since Rebecca was an early bird and sent her block! I just wanted to give plenty of thinking time;-). And so agree there are so many stars out there I love them!
True , I am so glad you like the Ohio star. I just thought it was fitting, since I live in Ohio. It's a fun one to make!
True...2 blocks from Lori? She couldnt decide which so did both? AWESOME...I love them both!!
This sampler quilt is going to be fantastic! Love all the different stars. So envious!!
Great idea for a bee. I particularly like the yellow/pink block. What's it called?
Juline Thanks I love that block as well it is in the running for the ones I will make...it is ribbon star. The tutorial is on my pinterest board.
Love Lori's block #2. Great colours and love this start pattern
My only problem -- I've already embroidered the label, and it's 5.5". I don't know how to adjust the block pattern to make it bigger!
This is so beautiful! Love the fabrics.
Terryt1955 I so agree...have them all on my design wall and woke up and got to see it first thing!!
It is getting scary how each block is becoming more complicated! This hive you are in is crazy talented.
True , I'm so excited it finally arrived! This block was another that was hard to let go of ! I love Jason Yenter's collection and this is my first project using the Camelot. Have fun with it!
Your collection is really coming together- wonderful!
OHHHH....HOw i love Chandra's block!! the are all gorgeous
These are so fun! I want a whole quilt of Chandra's block! Beautiful!
Wow- each new star is awesome...your quilt is really going to be a stunner!
Fantastic variety of stars. The more I see everyone else's block choice the more I can't decide what block I am going to choose.
Capetowngirl These are amazing...but also remember this bee is not a beginner one. Some of these stars are quite complicated! Maybe I will some day get up the guts to try them!!
I can't imagine what it must be like to receive these blocks and be able to spread them out and imagine what you're going to do with them. Better than Christmas! Do you know what 3 blocks you are going to make yet? Knowing you, you probably whipped them out last night! Keep posting pics as you go thru the process!!
Terryt1955 I walk in my room and see them and am blown away each and every time! I do not know which blocks I will make but am going to try and push myself a bit either with color/fabric choices (out of my comfort zone) or the block itself. And when I did the one I worked on last night and today I did! (Let us be clear there was not whipping this one up for me it was a SLOW process!) But I am happy with result and now 2 more to go.
I love the one you made yesterday! When I saw it pop up I thought to myself that another new one had arrived in the mail. But it was yours! Love the color combinations and the use of that wonderful text fabric. So modern!
Mary, this is going to be awesome...cant wait to see it complete!
True , you received such a beautiful collection of stars! How nice that an almost equal number came on a light background and the other half on a darker background. Funny how things work out, isn't it? I love the newest star you made yourself. Stepping outside my comfort zone is one of the reasons I do swaps! It makes me use colors I might not use for myself, or patterns I wouldn't try otherwise. Can't wait to see your finished product!!!
wow- you are really pulling this together beautifully!
Every star works well and compliments every other star. When I saw these as individual blocks I couldn't see how they weren't going to clash or overpower some of the other blocks. But non of them do. A truly beautiful quilt. You must be pleased wi the result
Capetowngirl I was worried about same thing and some how it works...I think the dark gray is a key and glad I ha the guts to venture out of my comfort zone with it. I love it...trying to decide on backing...and border. Think just going with the gray but we shall see;-)
Amazing how it has come together- so graphically stunning- super choice with the grey!
LOVE the charcoal gray frame!!! Really ties it altogether AND makes the stars pop. Just beautiful! Do I dare ask how you're going to quilt it?
Terryt1955 Mymble thank you...I was looking at it as I got dressed for work and I think the gray truly provides a distinct frame separating the blocks to let them stand on their own but then also serves to join them all together...if that makes any sense at all;-) And Terry I have absolutely no clue how to quilt it so please offer any ideas. Since I do not do FMQ it will have to be either straight or wavy lines of some kind...but beyond that I am lost!
I hear you. When I have a quilt that doesn't lend itself to straight line quilting I completely stall out.Someday I have got to learn that FMQ thingamabob! I feel like it's holding me back now.
True , I agree, the gray borders tie them all together so nicely! Going to be very pretty!
True, I LOVE it...still wish you would have let me replace my 'bad' block though..of course my eye immediately goes to it now that I have noticed it! LOL Cant wait to see it all done!
True, the "word" fabric you used in the redish /orange block, did you make that on pc or buy it? If so, where?
Jodyrose I bought it ...it is called Love Notes by Echo Park Paper Co. and I got it at Hawthorne Threads. I love it.
The top is beautiful! You did a great job of tying together all the various sized stars! What color gray did you use? Hurry up and get those borders on!
Mary, this is so beautiful. I love how you arranged the blocks and pulled it all together using the gray. The best response is WOW!
it looks great!
Looks really good, you speed merchant you ;)
Wow! The grey slashing really frames the stars nicely! Great work!
Kathie Posyp Chrissybugs Laweigel the beauty comes from all of you who contributed to it... Your work is amazing and I am so lucky to have it. I had to get it this far as I could just not tolerate them not being loose. Once I get borders on I will not get back to finish it for a little while...and have to still figure out quilting it...oh my!
Terryt1955 Thank you so much I used Stella charcoal. I bought some Bella solid online but when got it it was not dark enough. And then was in my LQS who just started having a few solids by Stella and one of them was this gray and it was perfect. I bought some and then sent my son back for more when knew it was right! My goal is to get borders on maybe this weekend and then sit with it until find backing I like.
Wow - this looks great ... and the light/dark layout - as if we had secretly planned it. Maybe we can get Amanda or Rebecca to do a "Bee Quilt's" special at the end of the year and show off all the quilts at a central place. Woudl be lovely to see them all side by side.
Strandkorbtraum That is a great idea as these are all going to be amazing quilts! And it is as though we planned it...a good lesson for me to remember sometimes just letting things happen however they do is a very good thing!!
Each step is exciting to see- this is unfolding so beautifully and Leo is right- letting it happen is so so good!
I'd never been aware / known anything about this kind of group quilting stuff until I came to Threadbias (although there's a lot I didn't know about before I came to Threadbias and more that I haven't got me head around yet, to be fair!) - hope I can be part of one at some point. Love the quilt - amazing how so many different parts can make a unified whole
crimsonrabbit If you haven't already sign up to the waiting list for hive 6. I'm in hive 4 and love it.
crimsonrabbit I have never done anything like these bees before either and have to say they are fun in so many ways...from trying new blocks and color combos to the quilts we end up with...so fun. So yes go sign up!!
Unfortunately I can't give the commitment at the moment as am trying to get my new business off the ground, but as soon as I feel I can commit the time to not let everyone in the bee down, I will. Looks like a brilliant way to experiment and learn
What a great quilt top you have!
Tracy Thank you I look at it as it is on my design wall waiting for borders and it literally blows me away every time!!
Ooh! I love this! Look at all the pretty stars! I'm going to have to look up some of those patterns for my star quilt!
Menolly13 Aren't these amazing! My bee bias friends really came through for me. I have a whole pinterest board just with star blocks I love them so much!
Thank you for sharing your work, these look fantastic all together!
Chandra and thank you for contributing!! I have some great backing fabric now just need to do it!
True , it's coming along beautifully. The stars are all fabulous, and I'm amazed about the grey sashing. That's outside my comfort zone....I think it works fabulously for your stars but how did you come up with the idea to try grey? I always seem to stick with white, black, the more traditional but your grey wakes up so many possibilities...and questions....for me. It would be fun to have them all shown when they are all done...but don't make it at year's end. I'm December and there's no way I'll be able to do a finished quilt then. I'll be lucky to get everyone's blocks by the end of December with the holidays filling up everyone's time. l;-)
Quilterinmotion Thank you...grey was way outside my comfort zone as well but saw others on here using it and then others online and really liked it so decided to buy some to see what I thought. Well first color was just not dark enough so hated it. Then was at LQS, which historically told me "solids are just a fad" a little less than a year ago (when I asked why they had none...not even white!), and they had this charcoal by Stella and it looked like it was perfect so I bought a yard and tried it...and loved it. Sent me son back to get more for me so they would not sell out! And that is the story of the grey;-). It would be fun to see them all together! I have some beautiful fabric for back so now just need to get to it!
Carolmarie Thank you...this one is just waiting to be basted and quilted. My hive members blew this one away!!
Carolmarie I hear ya...we will start a new one in January! And this was the Bee Bias hive so a much more complex set of blocks!
I missed this one - how could I do that? Love it. Love the sashing solutions.
Readerowl Thank you although I didn't do most of it;-). But the sashing solution worked beautifully...now took my brain awhile to figure it out but once I did...;-)
wow!!!! love that it all came together so beautifully and really love the sashing!
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I like the layout, Mary - you did a good job of balancing this quilt with all the disparate stars and fabrics! And the gray was an excellent choice for sashing!
Caribousmom thank you...I love the gray A LOT;-) I also used it for binding to keep focus on the blocks. Glad it is done and ready to be used...
Love how this came out!! Hopefully you are liking the finish
I know you are enjoying that sense of completion. You are amazing; finished and ready to use! Good for you; great job and a quilt to enjoy forever. Love it.