WIP Wednesday... the Dogwood Blossom/Christmas Stars edition

So first up today i thought i'd show my two latest blocks for my Christmas Stars quilt. Sarah over at Sew What, Sherlock? has been working on a series of conversions from traditionally pieced blocks to paper pieced blocks, aptly named The Conversion Project. I recently tried out her Fusion Star pattern and just loved it!

It's an awesome 24" finished and has such great visual impact for something that goes together so easily!

The next one i made up was a pattern test for Esther at Ipatchandquilt, called Blooming Hot. And let me tell you folks, it's not for the faint of heart! With 128 pieces and 16 points meeting in the center this one's a doozy!

But Esther's instructions are very well written and  include lots of tips to help you get through! One of the great things about having so many pieces is the option for so much variety. I chose to keep all my center meeting fabrics in the same colour because i knew that i wouldn't be able to get them all to line up perfectly.

I think i did pretty well, i made a couple of errors cutting fabric that didn't fit. Which of course led to some unpicking...

Oops. But overall it was a fun design to work with and i think it works really well with the rest of the stars!

So on the agenda for today is stitching up Mercury from Julie over at 627handworks... which i already have the fabrics ready for! I'm going to be so sad when this series is over :(

And yes this one is also for my Christmas Stars quilt, but after seeing all the blocks together i think it's time to make a couple with all solids. Calm things down a bit... we'll see how that goes!

As well as my first practice project for the Penny Sampler class. As much as i wanted to do the full Dogwood Blossom quilt i just don't have the time. So i'll be doing the smaller project, a Dogwood Blossom Pillow! So here's what i've come up with so far!

I little bit of Flea Market Fancy and some Architextures! Sounds good to me, i'm off to sew!!

But before i do, i have to show you the amazing pillow that Cari made using my Star Dresden tutorial!

i borrowed your pic Cari... hope you don't mind!
 Doesn't it look fantastic with her Palatina Pillow?! Needless to say while her Palatina pillow has been on my to make list, it's now been bumped up. I've pulled a stack of AMH Field Study and am hoping to get on that this weekend! Pop by Cari's blog for more pics as well as her version that involves only twelve blades... she also has a free template that you can use!
Linking up with Kristy for the PPP!! You should totally pop over and enjoy the tale of a pink unicorn!
And linking up as always with Lee for WIP Wednesday!

High fives for the start of the Penny Sampler!!
xo snips

And if my day couldn't get any better i just got this in the mail!! Squeee!

Some for my Penny Sampler as well as some for a commission! More on both coming soon!


  1. So many great things in one post! I am loving all of your Christmas blocks. And those fabrics for your dogwood blossom pillow look great! I'm excited to see how everything turns out!

  2. You a so brave to tackle the Blooming Hot, and it looks fantastic! That Christmas quilt is going to be Ahhhhhmazing. Love the fabric combo for the dogwood blossom pillow. Cari's pillow is gorgeous! I must make one too...

    Sqeeeing with ya on that pile of lovely fabric. Nice :)

  3. The first block is my favourite I think - I love the colour combo and your piecing is so perfect.

  4. Those stars are fantastic! Love all of them. Your dogwood pillow is going to be so cute!

  5. I swear, the volume of work never ceases to amaze me. I love the blocks. They should come together to be a fantastic quilt and tell quite a story!

  6. oh my, you have some amazing things going on! I love your start blocks, they all looks so great together!

  7. Your star blocks are looking fantastic! I can't wait to see how you carry on! How do you do it all?

  8. Fun projects! I can't believe that one with the 16 points meeting! Crazy!

  9. Nice! Your star dresden is on my never ending list as well :-)

  10. Looks great! Thanks for the links!!

  11. so much fun going on in this post!! I LOVE all of your star blocks and want that quilt-to-be for myself!! you were so smart to stretch that one through the year especially when you make a block for it with 128 pieces!! i want a dogwood cushion too and i love the fabric you chose for it!!

  12. Wow, your stars are amazing! It's going to be a beautiful quilt :o)

  13. You are good! Love the stars, I can't imagine trying to work that many pieces. I've been thinking about doing a Christmas quilt...maybe it will involve stars now that I've seen your loveliness!

  14. 1 block, 128 pieces?! I'll take you word for it! :) You go, Girl!

  15. GORGOUSNESS all over the place! OOOHHH those stars, what can I say? (Maybe: "Please make me a quilt like that?" LOL)
    Thank you so much for testing the Blooming Hot pattern! Your block is sooo pretty! The pattern is now available on craftsy by the way! I have written a blog post about the pattern and of course I had to show off your "hotty"!
    esthersipatchandquilt at yahoo dot com

  16. That block is worth the work for sure, it looks so great! Love the colors you chose. I love Julie's patterns at 627handworks too. This is going to make a fabulous quilt. I really love how they are different sizes.

  17. OOh pretty pretty! Your stars are looking gorgeous!! That's going to be such a fab quilt!

    Look forward to seeing your dogwood blossom block! Good plan to go for a cushion!

  18. Wow! your stars are all amazing! I'm going to hop over and check out those patterns :)

  19. Love your fusion star and your star quilt block are fabulous. Loving those pillow too! Thanks for sharing stopping by from PPP. Marie (mlismore@optusnet.com.au)

  20. Hahaha I love how you posted a pic of the back of that one block first before showing the front ;) Also, that dogwood blossom business -- l.o.v.e.


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