Sunday, July 11, 2010

Circus Stars

I recently took the pledge to show my "work in progress" rather than just showing finished projects.  (See Rosie's blog and the button on my right margin) This is really not a problem with me, as I have many in process and would not be able to post weekly if  I only showed the finished.  I think the real intent is to show the steps or work being performed.

So as I pulled out my Circus Stars quilt, I thought I would show you a few of the steps involved in making this quilt.  I have shown in it in the past, and I know some of you must be a little tired of looking at it, but I will try to be brief. 

I have a color layout chart to keep track of where I am on the quilt.  There are sixteen different colorations of stars.  The block between each star block has to have one point of  color of the blocks it touches, and this can be a real challenge keeping it straight as to what color comes next. 

Using the layout chart, I layout two blocks at a time - comparing it to the chart and the quilt in progress on my design wall, to double check that I have the colors in the right place. 

Here is a shot of a portion of the quilt on my design wall - for those who are seeing this for the first time.  I just love working on this quilt and playing with all the colors.  I do have to wonder though, where in the world will this quilt reside in my home???? 

Next week I will share the process of making the actual blocks.   So stay tuned. 

Finished up the second block - JOY - in the Gifts of Grace free block of the month being offered on Val Laird's blog.  These blocks are so pretty and give me JOY to just be working on them  Thank you Val for so generously sharing your talent with us.

Thanks for stopping by and come back soon!



Raewyn said...

I'm with you Teresa, I have learnt so much by reading posts and seeing how people do things (but I do also oh and ah over the finished item!!). Your Circus Stars quilt is stunning...if you show how you put those blocks together I would be most interested!! :-)

Piecefulafternoon said...

That is astoundingly beautiful - the colors sparkle.

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- that circus stars quilt is so cool. I think I'd get lost in there trying to arrange all those colors. It's going to be beautiful!

Robyn said...

Oh Teresa, this is such a beautiful quilt... It does 'sparkle'. One to treasure and you'll use it everwhere!! :-)
A great work in progress.

I love the ideas of sharing works as they are happening, not just when they are finished.

Jackie said...

So good to see the process on this quilt! I just love it. It looks like it is getting bigger and bigger too. I am sure that you will find just the right spot in your house. If you can't, I know I could find a spot in mine... LOL!

Linda said...

Ooo, your Circus Star blocks are really neat! Great colors, and it's good to hear you're enjoying working on it. Sounds like it's a bit difficult to keep track of.

I stopped stitching long enough to read your post and see your "Joy" block. It's pretty. Isn't stitchery relaxing?

Dawn said...

Your Circus Stars is fantastic! And your Joy block is adorable.

ROZ said...

wonderful colors!

kjquilts said...

Teresa, that is impressive! Did you design this yourself? I like the idea of blogging about the process. It's very interesting to see the thoughts that go into each quilt. Can't wait till next week to see how you assemble these blocks!

em's scrapbag said...

Thanks for sharing the process. I didn't realize your Circus Stars was the same block I have been playing with. Oh the possiblities!

Anonymous said...

Hello Teresa, will enjoy seeing the process of Circus Stars, looking forward to reading your upcoming posts...Hugs Lyn

Darren said...

Hi Teresa
I love your Circus Stars quilt. Is it your own design or a traditional pattern?