I pulled this OLD work in progress out a couple of weeks ago and have been working on it off and on. The So far, everything on this quilt is paper pieced. I like paper piecing but it is time-consuming, which could account for why this pretty quilt start got pushed to the back burner.

The star block is big…maybe 24 or 30 inches square. It’s one of the blocks from Carol Doak’s 50 Fabulous Paper Pieced Stars.

I believe the block is the California block, but I could be wrong about that…the paper is off the block and it’s been a lot of years since I’ve worked on this quilt. The book does have a lot of fantastic blocks…and I need to use them more. Back when I started this quilt – 10+ years ago – I printed off the block from the CD included in the book and then took the printout from my home printer to the copy store and had them blow it up to get a big central star paper piecing pattern for the center of the quilt.

At this point I’m paper piecing all the flying geese which will form a border around the star block. The flying geese border doesn’t come from the 50 Stars Book. It undoubtedly came from one of my quilt programs

After that…I have no idea what I’ll add next. I do have a nice stash of red, black, black and white, and red, black and white prints to play with.

I started this quilt back when I first started playing with the idea of starting a quilt from a central block or group of blocks and building the block out from the center as opposed to structuring the quilt using a series of rows. That way of building a quilt was out of my comfort zone then…and still is a little bit…which could be another reason this quilt got pushed to the bottom of my task list. Though I don’t find building a quilt from the center out as comfortable as building with rows of blocks, I do enjoy the center out process and I love the look of quilts made this way.

During the same time I started this quilt I also started (and actually –sometime quite a long time later finished) this cute Sunbonnet Sue which was a donation quilt a few years ago.

I’ve always loved the color and the design of the quilt. It, like the red black, and white one is total quilt improv. I started with the central block which was donated through Sunshine Quilt Guild and then added things around the center block till I had the quilt the size I wanted. I expect I’ll do the same with the red, white, and black quilt, which will be a donation quilt when it’s finished. I do enjoy the quilt improv. It’s more or less how I piece my backings…but piecing backings is a topic for another post.


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