July 2, 2014

Finished Drunkard's Medallion and a Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who entered the Gypsy Wife giveaway. The winner is Christina who blogs at WIPS and TUTS. Christina, I will get in touch with you about your prizes!

My Drunkard's Medallion is finished and I. Am. In. Love.

It's the perfect size (about 62" square), scrappy but cohesive, and reminds me of some really fun ladies who helped it come together! What could be better?

In new project news, I'm knitting (I know… I haven't blogged about knitting in a while) and should have a few WIP pictures up soon!

June 25, 2014

Gypsy Wife QAL - June Giveaway!

Welcome! Who is ready for a Gypsy Wife QAL giveaway?

I'm participating in this quiltalong with The Intrepid Thread's Calm colorway. This month's main block is Crazy Anne:

My Crazy Anne isn't quite as crazy as it was supposed to be. This quilt is already wild enough for me so I kept the components that make it up all the same.

It's no secret that this pattern has been troubling for many of us. I will save the griping for another post and just be grateful that this block came together at the correct size and with minimal seam ripping!

I think it fits in well with my other blocks. What do you think?

And now for the giveaway! This month the winner will receive three books: The Modern Applique Workbook, A Quilters Mixology, and Quilt Color Workshop!




So, link up and show us those Gypsy Wife blocks! I need some more motivation to keep plugging away on these! Entry will close at 11pm on June 30 and I'll choose the winner randomly.

May 18, 2014

So Many Babies

Yes. I'm experiencing another wave of babies in my life. Not me, of course. ;) First up is a baby due in just a couple of weeks for a coworker of mine. I used a single Swoon block to make a 40" baby quilt.

These colors will do very well in her nursery.

I also have a brand new niece, Sadie. I went out to meet her when she was five days old and oh. my. goodness. What is it about holding a brand new baby?

This Briar Rose quilt is actually perfectly rectangular but Mr. Starfish is pulling at the top a bit. Love those strawberries.

I have a little knitted sweater started for Sadie too. Might need to get some pictures of that up.

April 27, 2014

Quilting for a Cause!

Check out my latest quilt finish "Downtown":

I made this as a piece to be auctioned at my school's annual event to raise money for our artist in residence program. It's called Community Creates. I was paired with a community leader from whom I could get some inspiration and a few blocks were generously given by three guild-mates to help me stick to the "community" theme.

The quilt is 60" square which I find to be the perfect throw size. I am proud to say it raised $525 last night!

April 20, 2014

Worth the Wait!

Long time readers of this blog may remember that about a year ago, I started in a traveling quilt project called Drunkard's Medallion. You can read about it HERE. Well, my little top has made the rounds across international waters and back home to me. And. It. Is. Amazing.

The ladies in this group went above and beyond to keep to my vague theme and wishes while still making their borders their own. I am in love with it. I added the last little border myself so it would come full circle and I can't wait for quilting and binding.

Not everyone in this little group is a blogger but they are all on Instagram at @instaamy, @stitchingandbacon, @lovebyhand, @sewlux, @susannahkate_sews, and @robynie and you should definitely look them all up! I'm on Instagram too at @paperstarfish. I can't thank these ladies enough for being such a fun and talented group!

February 17, 2014

Penny Sampler Finished

This was such a stretch yourself/be open to new ideas process for me.

I go back and forth between being head over heels in love with it and just sort of being proud of myself for being adventurous. I do love the Nordika fabrics that I used throughout.

Here are a few of my favorite parts. The dala horse (where I finally felt like I knew what I was doing with paper piecing):

The spruce forest:

I'm linking this up to Show and Tell Tuesday!

After a surprise 6 day stretch of no school/work, it's back to our regular schedule tomorrow! The snow is almost gone and we're supposed to be into the 60s this week. What?!?!

February 14, 2014

My Kind of Valentine

This is the upper right corner of my Penny Sampler. My first work with sketch applique. It's not my favorite look but was a good thing to try and is featured more than once in the Penny Sampler.

A lot of good snow here over the last few days so we're getting a surprise snowcation from school. Wake Forest University even closed for two days which never happens!

Happy Valentine's Day!

February 2, 2014

Back In Time

We got 2" of snow last week and were out of school for 3 and a half days. The boys went out to play that first morning and I snapped some pictures. Check this out:

On the left is Bigger Kid Starfish in 2009. On the right is Littler Kid Starfish last week. My husband remembered the older picture and the similarities. Same hat, position, style of shoes! Almost the exact same ages!

I'm still working on binding my Penny Sampler but that didn't stop me from picking another big project to begin. This is happening:

I'm going to work on Gypsy Wife throughout 2014. There are at least two QALs happening for this pattern right now. It's a riot of color and once again, juuuust outside my comfort zone.

I'm using fabrics pulled by The Intrepid Thread.

I can't wait to post my progress of this as we go along!

January 26, 2014

Prism Quilt

I finished and gifted my altered version of the Prism Quilt by Fresh Lemons Quilts.

I am certainly getting the hang of paper piecing. I altered the pattern to include lots of negative space that shows off the quilting.

It measures 53"x63" and is a great size for throwing over yourself on the couch. I gifted it to my principal as an internship thank you and she loved it. I love the back as much as the front.

Thanks for looking!

January 19, 2014

Pasta and Quilting

Two good things.

I tried a new recipe that Mr. Starfish and I really loved. 30 Minute Caramelized Shallot, Spinach and Goat Cheese Garlic Butter Pasta:

Easy to follow recipe and yummy, yummy results. I used slightly less goat cheese and didn't miss the rest at all. You can find the recipe HERE.

I'm attaching the binding to this quilt:

It's a present for my principal who was so fantastic while I was interning under her. I hope to give it to her on Tuesday when I head back to work.

I'm on the hunt for some Malabrigo Rasta to make these MITTENS. What are you working on?