Friday, June 20, 2014

Oh My Lucky Stars!

In January of 2013, I decided to join in on the Lucky Stars BOM hosted by Elizabeth at Don't Call Me Betsy. My experience with paper piecing had not been good. I'd tried it many years ago, pretty much trying to figure it out on my own {which was probably my first mistake}. My first paper pieced project was a very complicated Poinsettia wall quilt and although I finished it, I vowed to never paper piece again.

A couple of years ago, one of our talented local quilters, Marsha Bray, taught a paper piecing class for my guild. It's not your typical method, but one that uses freezer paper with no sewing through the paper and no tearing off the paper. I loved the method and dabbled a little bit.

The Lucky Stars quilt was the perfect opportunity for me to jump in with both feet! A monthly block was just enough to keep me going and I can now say that I can paper piece without reading Marsha's instructions! If any of you are local to St Louis, she teaches it at the Quilted Fox.

This week I put the last binding stitch on my quilt. Pretty proud of this one!


Love all the variations on the star...


Can I have a favorite? It's this one...


Twelve in all...


One of my favorite AMH prints on the back!


A year long quilt is a tough one for me. My color scheme changed as the year progressed. It turned out nothing like I had originally planned! But I think it came together well!


What can I paper piece next???

20 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your graduation to outstanding paper piecing! Just lovely! Your color choices are wonderful!

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  2. Try the Circle Game by Jen Kingwell and use the freezer paper piecing method. It's a crazy wild pattern

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  3. What a fun finish! And so pretty!

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  4. I LOVE it!!! I really want to do these quilts, but I'm scared of paper piecing. I tried to learn by myself with Amy's Zakka book, and it was a disaster. But maybe I'll give it a try again this summer. But I love the 6th and 7th star the best! The one that's your favorite and the one to the left of it! :)

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  5. This is striking! Your fabric choices are brilliant1

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  6. It's lovely! Thank you for sharing. (I'm trying to become a paper piecing convert myself.)

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  7. What a lovely quilt. I really like all the variety that the stars make. Great colors too. Marsha can be very proud of her "STAR" pupil. I'll have to tell her next week to check your blog, if she doesn't already.

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  8. What a beautiful quilt. I love the results of paper piecing but my experience doing it has been less than wonderful. So I will just admire yours. :D

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  9. This is just beautiful!! Congratulations. I am a new quilter and saw this QAL awhile back, but forgot where I saw it when I went back to get involved. I've decided that I would like to do this - I love star blocks. Now to find the patterns and teach myself :)

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  10. Cindy, your quilt is gorgeous! Congratulations on a fabulous finish. You might want to check out Judy Niemeyer's paper pieced patterns. They are unbelievable.

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  11. Cindy, absolutely love it! Fantastic job--colors, everything. I love Elizabeth's patterns. She's great!

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  12. beautiful, Cindy! I love the colors and the blocks are really cool. way to go conquering paper piecing…I love it!

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  13. This is just beautiful! Special finish.

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  14. Paper piecing can become addicting! Your fabric choices are great, really allow the block design to 'shine' (pun intended!). Your backing is one of my favorites as well, I have it in two colorways, and haven't been able to chop it up yet!

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  15. I have a paperpieced pattern that I's love to try. One a month is great idea! You have every right to be very proud of this one!

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  17. So beautiful!! The colors are so soft and wonderful. I go hot and cold on paper piecing. I think I need to do it in small quantities only. A big quilt like this would be too much for my type A personality!

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  18. This turned out so great and your favorite block is the same as mine on my quilt :)

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