Friday, October 26, 2012

Decision Time

Hello Everyone,
I'm always looking for new techniques to learn and show my students in class.  I saw a free pattern called Pathways to the Stars on Homestead Hearth's website.  Click HERE for the pattern. 

The blocks go together very quickly......once you figure out the correct way to use the Tri-Recs ruler.

I pulled my first attempt out of the garbage so you could see my dismal failure.  I quickly figured out what I was doing wrong.  The directions on the package were very sketchy, almost none existent.

I put the new blocks next to the basket blocks.....hey, not bad together.  But I have other plans for my basket blocks.

On December 9th, In Between Stitches has their Preview Party at the Purple Orchid Inn.  All of the instructors, and that includes me, preview the quilts that we will be teaching the first quarter of the year.  So I have to get busy and decide what three classes I'm going to teach and have at least a flimsy completed in time for the party.  So will it be Pathway to the Stars or.....

I've been playing around with these block.  Trying to decide on the best layout.  So I may teach this design.

Which layout should it be?

I'm for sure going to teach Sallie's quilt by Bonnie Blue.  I'm always moving this quilt from the house in the city.....

,,,,,,to the cabin. 

Or I can teach Eldon by Laundry Basket Quilts.  I love this quilt, but there is no possible way I could finish this by December 9th!  Maybe I could just show off a few blocks and have the quilt finished by March.....maybe.

On another note, check out Lesley's blog HERE and see her Nostalgic Christmas blocks. I love her blocks and the plaids she used to frame the centers.  Thank you Lesley for all of the kind words. Lesley's blog is on my sidebar because it's a good one.  She's a great writer and a prolific quilter.

So I have some decisions to make today on what three classes I'm going to teach.  Then I have to put it into high gear to get them done!




  1. The first layout for your Ohio stars is the one I like the best. Thanks for sharing the link to the "Pathways to the Stars" pattern. Love the fabrics you are using.

  2. Are you going to do a Toyland Tree class when the BOM starts? In addition...if I were close enough to attend, I would be drawn to the Laundry Basket string piecing,especially if it included a fabric strip exchange, and the wonderful movement in the Pathway to the Stars quilt that the TriRecs tool will create

  3. Well, I like layout number 2. But whenever anyone asks this kind of question, I'm usually in the minority...

    Beautiful blocks!

    Cheery wave!


  4. You're so right about that Tri-Recs ruler, Lynn! Once you figure it out, though, the sky is the limit! I love the first layout where the darks are on the diagonal! Reminds me of a Liz Porter quilt I've been collecting fabrics for many years - one of these days I'll even finish it! Sounds like a busy time! I sure wish I could be at that preview party!

  5. Oh my goodness, your star blocks are gorgeous! Thanks for the source...of course I saved the pattern for the future because your blocks are inspiring me, again! You certainly have a few decisions to make...all of the quilts are stunning and I'm sure your classes will be filled. Thank "you" so much for the kind words...makes me smile, a lot!