It has taken me too long to get as far as this – 36 stars pieced together. I’m surprised. But it’s okay, because I really took my time sewing these pieces together.
This quilt is for my cousin, Hannah, who is in 4th grade. We were in Chicago visiting them last September, and she showed me her baby quilt. She and her older brother Matthew, (6th grade), put their baby quilts on top of their blankets and still sleep with them. How sweet is that? These are quilt worthy children who are getting normal bed size quilts. They don’t know it. And will be very surprised when they arrive in Chicago.
This is Hannah’s baby quilt I made for her when she was born. Those hearts were hand appliqued. I machine quilted in the ditch. The quilting around the hearts was done by hand.
I actually started on Hannah’s Reaching For The Stars Quilt before this visit. We were skyping and she and her brother showed me their baby quilts several months before this. The next day, I decided these two are getting grown-up quilts.
I chose this pattern, (below), for Hanna, because it reminded me of her and how excited she is about growing up. She’s not in a hurry to grow up. She’s just excited about whatever she’s doing, and I love that about her.
By the way, her younger brother Andrew, is the cute little guy with the blonde, curly hair, holding his baby quilt on the masthead slideshow.
Last night I finally, I finished 35 stars, plus one extra, just in case….
These are six of them, and I’m in the middle of squaring them off now.
Hopefully I will have another post of them in a few days with them finished, and in the final layout before piecing the top together on my flannel board.
The fabric used in these two stars were my guiding stars, because of the colors. Most of the fabrics came from fat quarter bundles, and I added in several others from my stash to mix it up a bit.
I’m not showing the border fabric just yet. It is really cool, but I’m not sure if it will make the top too busy or not.
I do have the backing fabric picked out, which I thought was perfect for her, and the theme of “Reaching for The Stars.” I believe she does that everyday in everything she does.
Stay tuned for more WIP’s, with this quilt and a few others. And some of my embroidery.
And a surprise and change for this blog is coming in the next month. The name will change to Hudson Valley Quilts and Embroidery!! I’m very excited about this change. And during the next week, I will be sharing some of my new embroidery skills. Definitely, stay tuned.
Today I’m linking up with Let’s Be Social at Sew Fresh Quilts.