Out of Sight . . .

. . . out of mind. Isn’t that the truth!

In February my design wall was starting to fill up with Churning Star blocks. (Churning Stars is the name designer Jenifer Gaston gave to a quilt with Churn Dash blocks centered in Sawtooth Star blocks.) I’m combining different size Churning Star blocks in cheddar and indigo fabrics for a quilt whose layout is still in my head. All I know so far is that it will be a bed-size quilt and blocks will vary in size.

I took the blocks down from the design wall to make room for a couple of smaller projects and the stack lay untouched in my sewing room. For four months. Part of the reason is that the coronavirus came to Oregon and I moved on to making face masks. I’m still making masks but this weekend I was inspired to dig out those cheddar and indigo fabrics, get my blocks back up on the design wall, and make some more Churning Stars.

Here are my latest blocks:

The two blocks at the top will finish at 12″ square and the one on the bottom will finish at 18″ square. The blocks are easy and fun to make. I do believe it’s taking me more time to decide which fabric combinations to use than it is to actually make the blocks!

Here are close-ups of the blocks:

Those two are the 12″ blocks. The one below is the 18″ block:

Not all of my blocks have fussy-cut centers but these three do. That’s part of the fun!

I’m going to concentrate on this project and see if I can wrap it up by the end of the month. And this time I’m going to keep the blocks on my design wall until I’m ready to sew them together.




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15 Responses to Out of Sight . . .

  1. Vickie Rooks says:

    Love how you put your humanity out there for all of us to see and relate with. This is going to be a stunning quilt.

  2. Kristi says:

    I love these blocks and your fabric colors. I’ll be looking forward to seeing your finished quilt!

  3. Diane says:

    Aren’t you glad you always have a UFO (or 2 or 3?) awaiting a burst of creativity? Now I think I finally appreciate their importance. No more clucking from me on the topic of UFOs!

  4. Glenna Denman says:

    What delightful churn dash stars! I am a big fan of churn dashes, but these are especially nice, in your cheddar and indigo, and with those cute fussy cut centers. I know just what you mean about taking longer to decide on fabrics than in putting them together. I am the same! Thanks for sharing your project!

  5. Jo Ann Janes says:

    Love the fabric combination.

  6. Maxine Borosund says:

    Love cheddar and indigo. Well, anything and indigo actually.

  7. Arden Shelton says:

    I LOVE IT! Churn dashes forever and you colors are gorgeous. You go girl!

  8. anna says:

    Love the design and the colors!

  9. Pam Bowersox says:

    The blocks are beautiful! Thank you for continuing to inspire us with your projects.

  10. Virginia Hammon says:

    I love looking at the precision in your quilting! – and admire your colors and fabric placement. This is going to be a lovely quilt!

  11. Colleen says:

    Still looking forward to seeing how this all comes together :D. Loving every one of these additions to your growing pile!

  12. Auntie Em says:

    Churning Stars is a very pretty block. Like you, I would spend the most time choosing the fabrics. It’s my favorite step in the making of a quilt.

  13. Love how your blocks are coming along, esp. the fussy cut centers. I may have to be a copy cat and use that design element for my own Cheddar & Indigo project. I just saw a preview of a soon to be released Windham collection called Indigo & Madder by Mary Koval. That combination is amazing too. Guess I may have a penchant for cheddar paired with any color.

  14. Frédérique says:

    I love your block in a block, and the color combo too. Looking forward to see the next step!

  15. Lucy B says:

    I LOVE these blocks! Two of my favorites in one block. Very nice.

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