Saturday, June 02, 2007

Starfish

We just returned from a week at the beach, where we try to go at least once a year to refresh our sea legs. We go to a little island (Tybee) and stay in a funky-retro renovated cottage. There are few things that beat the sight of my kidlets little bottoms trudging over the dunes to the big waves. We collected shells, warmed in tide pools, crashed the sea, saw dolphins and amazing dive bombing pelicans, played old maid, and generally just vegged. The children's godparents were able to fly in from the other coast, which made this visit particularly delightful.

While there, I managed to complete the first 14 stars of the Harvest Moon small project from the Yahoo-PrimFolkApplique2 group. I can't remember the last time I did needle-turn, so I'm really happy with the results. I'm completely old school when it comes to needle turn--no glue, no freezer paper, no prebasting. Just trace, cut, pin in place and we're off.



It's amazing how satisfying it can be to turn each little corner and fold under each ragged seam. Such a sense of completion!

If you're interested, I've added a set to my flickr page that shows just the BOAF blocks, so I can watch this quilt grow block by block.

Oh, and someone asked about the quilt shown in the last post. This is a pattern, Lucky Star, by Teri Atkinson. It's a wonderful card to have in your deck. It takes forever to cut, but always seems to turn out beautifully and it accommodates any type of fabric theme--from juvenile to batik.

8 comments:

Frosty Quilter said...

Tybee Island is great. Did you get to visit The Crab Shack?

atet said...

Sounds like you had a nice, refreshing holiday! Good for you.

Patti said...

Very nice fabric choices for your star blocks. This is going to be a wonderful fall quilt - sure wish I had time to sew along with the rest of you. I'll be so much fun to see everyone's progress and how different the quilts look in different colors. Don't you just love those Blackbird ladies' designs!

YankeeQuilter said...

Tybee Island is so mellow. Sounds like you had a wonderful time. After trying just about every type of applique I also returned to needle turn. In the end it is so much simpler!

Sandra said...

I really like the light stars on the dark backgrounds.

Karen said...

Your BOAF fabric combinations are absolutely to die for!!

Carol E. said...

Sounds like a dream vacation! Glad you had such fun and even got some sewing done.

Carole said...

Glad to read that you had a refreshing holiday! I think I'm over due for one of those! Your stars turned out lovely. I do enjoy hand applique. I find it so relaxing. I keep my work in a basket ready to be picked up when ever! Thanks for sharing!