Sunday, September 12, 2010

Maverick Stars DONE, and Batik Order Arrived



Whew - this Maverick Stars is done and I LIKE it! Cozy, huh? It's about 60' x 70' - a good nappy size. I changed from my original quilting pattern because 1) I needed more practice on the other plan, and 2) this swirly thing was more youthful and this quilt will probably be a Linus Quilt. It still needs blocking. Note that the BLOCK is made of ONE color, and the sashing stars are scrappy, so a person can tell one from the other - I became confused a time or two. The original idea is from Bonnie www.quiltville.com, and also but also one recently posted by Jo at http://www.joscountryjunction.com. Thanks gals!

A few weeks ago I jumped in and ordered 1/4 linear yard of the entire line of Batiks shown in the last catalog of Connecting Threads - all 29 of them, and they arrived Friday! They are beautiful! Brighter than my photo, and the patterns are 'watery' meaning the colors in each look like paints in water - I suppose there is a name. But they don't look 'printed' like we normally expect from batiks. They came with a little stick-on tag showing the name of that fabric, bar code, etc. In preparation for rinsing them for colorfastness, I pulled the tag off that included the fabric name. So, if I reorder, I won't really know what to reorder -- many of them look similar. So, keep that tag closely related to the fabric. Only one of the fabrics, a purpley red, left a slight pink in the water -- none of the others left any color. The fabric is thinner than $10.95/yd fabric - just fine for me. It sews lovely. Some of the pieces were not cut straight on one side and since I am cutting narrow logs, that might make a difference, but when measuring them, each is WIDER than the required 9 inches, so I'm actually getting MORE than a linear yard.


Look Mom, see what I made today!

Another version, just turning them. Only 105 more to make - I make 6 at a time to keep my sanity!

17 comments:

Nancy said...

Great job on Maverick Stars. Have fun playing with the batiks.

Jo said...

WOW...I love the Maverick Stars. I've been saving all my binding strip triangles hoping to get enough to make another Maverick Stars quilt. The next one might be baby size though...That quilt is a LOT of work. Check my website tomorrow. I'm showing what I am working on now. Another TOTALLY scrappy conglomeration.

SubeeSews said...

Love your quilt and I almost ordered those batiks.
But on-line they had not received all their fabrics yet.
Crooked cutting would really bother me. I bought some of those Bali Pops and those 2 1/2" strips were tapered on one side of the cut. I was VERY upset.
Subee

Joyce said...

Love those batiks!

quiltmom said...

Beautiful star quilt and I love your batiks- I have been looking at them and will order some later in the fall- I need to wait for pay day and such. They are such pretty colors but I am wanting to get black and brown variations.
Thanks for the endorsement- I have had good luck with the quality from CT. The price of their books is pretty good- especially when they are 40 % off
Regards,
Anna

LC said...

Stars look great and love that pile of batiks. They whet my appetite so am looking forward to the results!

Nann said...

I like them both! Thanks for the testimonial for the Connecting Threads fabric.

grendelskin said...

Love your maverick stars, and I really love the swirly quilting! The batiks look great, it will be a very striking quilt. Can you do a post on how you block your quilts? I've heard a couple of quilters refer to blocking but haven't seen the process explained. Thanks for the lovelies!

Michelle said...

Love your Maverick Stars! I've seen the pattern plenty of times, but never had the need to make one for myself - until I saw your colors.

Nines said...

Yummy! I love the quilt and the batiks are just mouthwatering.

Helen in the UK said...

Love the stars, although I think I would find it hard to give away!! The new batiks look yummy :)

*karendianne. said...

Wow isn't this just great! I love your Maverick Stars and the quilt is very snuggly. I'd definitely want to nap under that one. And hey, super congrats on all that fantastic fabric. Batiks galore.

Purple Pam said...

Your quilt is wonderful. Those batiks look gorgeous. What fun!

MARCIE said...

Look at you go with the batiks! Very cool!
And the Maverick Stars are fabulous! The extra rounds of borders are lovely.

Shasta said...

The maverick stars are beautiful. Lovely batik fabric.

Vivian said...

Just got all the blogs I read loaded into Google Reader and am catching up --- Love the Maverick stars! I love Bonnie's patterns too.

Your new Batik stash looks sooo yummy! I'm going to love seeing what you do with it all! You are going to have so much fun! I love CT's fabric too.

Tanya said...

Love the Maverick Stars quilt! And a gorgeous supply of batiks. I have yet to figure out what I'm going to do with my batiks... They are too pretty to cut into.