Some bad habits…

Some bad habits have formed over here at Wombat Quilts.  I seem to have got out of the routine of documenting what I am up to, and in turn out of the habit of blogging.  After a stern talking too from my darling husband I am trying to get back into the swing of writing more regularly…

The good news is that I have a plenty of finished quilts to share.. because I have not blogging does not mean I have not been making….

So turning over this new/old leaf I am starting this Friday with a lovely work in progress I have just finished…

finished green star quilt

Yep my Paper Piecing Monday green star quilt is now done… thanks in part to the wonderful long arm services of Kazumi Peterson.

quilt details 5

Last week I did a talk at a local Traditional quilt guild and while preparing my talk I realised that I had given away most of my quilts…. I have kept a handful but I wanted more to show.  So there was a couple of weeks of feverish activity to get some quilts done, as well as a trip or two to my local long armer.

quilt details 2

I really love how the quilt to turned out with all those lovely 8 inch stars floating about on a sea of scrappy low volume prints…

quilt detail 6

There is a lot of work in this quilt, but doing a star a week really makes the process less daunting…

star detail

If you are crazy enough to want to make your own version the patterns for all these stars are on the blog… you can find them under the “Free Paper Piecing Patterns” tab.

quilt details 4

I love the movement that quilting gives the stars… it is just a simple all over pattern but it is really effective…

quilting details

I must admit I also love the little flying geese blocks I scattered around the border of the quilt… I am not usually one for adding borders but this quilt needed some space around it, and the three little triangles on all sides made everything all right…

flying geese details

To finish everything off I hand bound the quilt using a variety of scrappy solid and marbled greens….

binding

This quilt also marks another finish for this quarters Finish-Along.  After a very slack first quarter I have taken a decent bite out of my WIP list, while adding only a handful of new projects to my slate!  If you want more information on the Finish-Along check out Debbie at A Quilter’s Table post… this quarter’s fun is already underway but you can always join in next quarter.  It really has been a wonderful way to keep myself focused on finishing stuff and not just making new WIPs!!!

Adventure block number 2…

Paper piecing Monday is proud to present block two in my new quilt adventure…

Adventure block 2

I originally designed this block for my green star quilt, but did not end up using the block… but not one to waste a good pattern,  I enlarged it to 12 inches for this quilt…

block pieces

You can find the PDF pattern, with numbers, here…Adventure Star block 2

8 inch stars… a new paper piecing adventure

Welcomes to the launch of another Paper Piecing Monday adventure.  After a little break I found myself back making paper pieced stars… surprise!  This time I am focusing on simpler 8 inch stars. First up is…

Twisting Star block

….a fun, simple fun 8 inch twisting star.  I love the four piece structure for this block… it is easy to make and align the pieces and the pattern only uses 28 pieces of fabric!…

twisting star block pieces

I will be revisiting this type of star again I am sure… but to start you can find the free pattern here (with numbered pieces I promise) …Twisting Star block.

Just for fun I also made one of my previous 8 inch stars…

free paper pieced pattern

I did this pattern as part of my Starry Night quilt and I thought it was good one to play with in this colour scheme too.  The pattern can be found here…WQ Starry Night Block 1.

I am currently playing with a couple of new star designs and having a blast.  More next week…