Saturday, June 10, 2017

Moving Forward to a Finished Tote!

After a week of rain and showers, Maureen, from the Friday Quilters at The Golden Gese in Concord, New Hampshire, had progress to share on her Hunter's Star quilt top. Just look at that!

Her choice of Civil War reproduction fabrics lend an antique quaintness to this beautifully pieced top.

Good going, Maureen!

Sue was also working on the Hunter's Star, piecing block units in red and cream colors.

All my 25 giant blocks for Bonnie Hunter's free pattern, Starstruck got pressed. Here is the link if you'd like to see it.  Link.

Except for the turkey red solids and the modern white-on-white accents, these blocks are all Civil War reproductions, too.

Although I did not get the top completely assembled, I did get four out of five rows joined up, yeay!

As I was about to leave, Barbara showed me her sweet Christmas placemats' progress. wow these are so pretty!

The applique on these is adorable and the pieced blocks are on a really small scale. Kudos to you!!

Back at home, on Saturday, I was able to finish assembling my quilted tote bag that is really big and roomy for taking quilts to and from the Ellen Peters' quilting studio in Laconia, New Hampshire.

The quilted strips are an RJR fabric line called Briarcliff and the pockets are a lovely prairie red selection from Pam Buda.

I kept my choice of lining fabric in the very lightest zone so that you can see inside the bag better than a dark fabric there. A stray 5" square, backed in plain pink, made a handy inner pocket.

If you are interested in making one of these for yourself, here is the link to Jenny Doan's tutorial.
Big Tote Bag.

I love the way it came out, although I think that I was way too generous with the length of my handles.
Our weather has turned surly and humid with our first heat wave and I'm grateful the Husband Wonderful got the ac window units installed with Matthew's help. Thanks, guys!!!!

Happy sewing and stay cool!


Julierose said...

Beautiful hunter's star quilts--and that tote bag is beautiful
AC on here in SE CT today too...hugs, Julierose

Janet O. said...

Hunter's Star is such a pretty pattern--Sue better be warned that if her red/cream one turns up missing she should check your "Big Tote Bag" before you get out the door. *LOL*
Star Struck will be so pretty. Nice contrast in your fabrics--will make the design really sparkle!
Barbara's placemats are really cute.
That big tote will be very handy for toting your quilts to and from quilting sessions (and for sneaking pretty quilts out the door when no one is looking). : )

Wendy Caton Reed said...

I love your blocks and that wonderful bag! I really like your tee-shirt too!

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Well done, there's always lots to see at the Golden Gese, WOW! You have been busy and your results are awesome. Stay cool!! :)

Feathers in my Nest said...

Loving your stars..Your bag came out Great...I made one of those too! They are very big!

cityquilter grace said...

hunter's star is one pattern i've never tried...and i do love that tote....very nice and useful!

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