Slowly Stitching Stars as Summer Comes to an End

I’ve been spending as much time as possible outside enjoying the last of summer, which has been wonderful.  That of course meant not so much time sewing or on the computer.  But that’s OK once in a while.  It will be a long time before we can swim in the ocean again here in New York.  Hard to believe only two weeks ago we were enjoying the warm sun and water.

sunset

sunset

Now that beach days are over, I found a few hours to go to the Metropolitan Museum of Art this past weekend.  Always wonderful inspiration there.  There were some antique quilts on display.  I love old appliqué quilts, especially red and green on white background.  These two were my favorites.

Antique quilt - Met

Antique quilt – Met

Antique red and green quilt - Met

Antique red and green quilt – Met

Autumn has definitely arrived in New York though, so while I’ll still be going to the beach, now it will be for walks, not sitting and sewing.  I’m still sewing on the train to and from work, so progress is being made, albeit slowly.  I’m getting very good at organizing my time so that I find at least a few minutes to prep some EPP pieces to take with me the next day for sewing on the train.  Then, even if I only have a few minutes here and there at home, I’ve been stitching the stars together.  I want to finish this top and get going on other EPP projects.  But, more on those in another post.  I haven’t had time to take many pictures or edit them.  I was barely able to get two volunteers to hold the stars together for this photo!

Star quilt, Oct. 4, 2015

Star quilt, Oct. 4, 2015

There are 54 star blocks and 3 half blocks attached so far, which means I only have one half star block to add at the top and then two full and four half blocks left to add at the bottom.  I’ve finished one more turquoise blue star block, but haven’t added it yet, so really only one more full block and five half blocks to make.  Such a great feeling to have the end in sight.  I have too many unfinished projects and I really didn’t want this one to wind up like that.

I’m linking up with Slow Sunday Stitching at Kathy’s Quilts and the Monday Morning Star Count over at Life Under Quilts.  Check out all the hand stitching, some nice EPP there too!

Have a great week!

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9 Responses to Slowly Stitching Stars as Summer Comes to an End

  1. Kay says:

    It’s so nice to have a project that you can work on when you can’t get time at your machine – and this is a beautiful and very cheerful quilt top and not long now for the big finish

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    • Maureen says:

      Thanks Kay! I love working on this as yes, it’s cheerful and makes me happy when I’m sewing it. And the portability of EPP is just great, I would never have made so much progress if I wasn’t taking it around with me.

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  2. Kathy says:

    The end is in sight! 😉 I can’t wait to see the rest of your EPP projects.

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    • Maureen says:

      It’s funny, isn’t it, I’m really glad the end is in sight but I will miss working on this one. Had a bit of a stressful summer and I’ll always remember working through it all with my little diamonds that made stars that then made hexagons. But I am looking forward to other projects!

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  3. Pamela says:

    These colorful stars are wonderful!

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  4. Ivani Vieira says:

    Bright stars, your quilt will be wonderful and you are almost done!! Gorgeous appliqué quilts, thanks for sharing,

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  5. Thanks for sharing those gorgeous quilts!
    And your stars are so sparkly and close to being finished!!

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