This is a group of blocks I swapped with online quilters five years ago... I'm over blushing about how old my UFOs are and just celebrate the finishes when they happen. I put the last stitches into the binding around 1:00 am this morning and will be sleeping under this quilt when I finally get around to going to bed. Hooray! The colours on this quilt make me happy and lift my spirits - though the quilt seems better suited for spring or summer rather than fall/winter decor. It brightened up my bedroom like a sunny day and that was good enough for me. The pattern we chose for our swap was taken from the book Nine Patch Reunion by Terry Atkinson. It seemed a good choice for the different skill levels of the participating swappers.
I flipped the quilt up to show you a pic of the backing. My green plaid wasn't quite long enough so I sliced through the fabric and added in a row of 8.5" orphan star blocks.
I started making 8.5" sawtooth stars some years ago and like my box full of scrappy four patches, didn't notice how many I had made until I got into the triple digits. I don't know why, but I can hyper-focus on the details of a task to the point that I don't notice the bigger picture. In the case of the star blocks, it started innocently enough as an exercise in perfecting my seam allowance and getting perfect crisp star points. I resolved to make stars until I felt proficient and got in the habit of making them. That habit landed me with a stack of star blocks for which I had no specific plan. I finished a quilt for my mother using up some of the stars, blogged about in early September. Here's the pic again. I named this one My Mom's Garden Sparkles.
I still have a stack of red and blue stars in my orphan block box. I think I've mentioned before that I seem to go about things the long-way around. While others pick a pattern and sew components for it, I seem to be quite happy sewing components and then finding a way to use them up at a later date.