She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands. Proverbs 31

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Stars in the Snow Little Quilt ~
Whatcha Working on Wednesday?

I have envisioned the hallway of our small home lined with little quilts ever since I picked up my first Little Quilts book ~ "Living with Little Quilts". It is a delightful book showing how to make and use little quilts to warm and decorate your home. (Psst ... you'd really like this one, Nancy Jo!)

When we lived in Georgia, I was so fortunate to live very close the Little Quilts Shoppe and was always inspired. The ladies there were so kind and helpful, but somehow I never did get around to making one.

This year, however, my goal is to create at least four little quilts for my hallway ~ possibly one to represent each of the four seasons. And "Stars in the Snow" is my very first to represent Winter. The book I'm using now, "Little Quilts All Through the House", shows this particular pattern with the stars in red against a white background. It is really pretty, but when I saw this blue fabric sprinkled with snowflakes, I thought it a better choice for me.

Here are my six little 5 inch blocks:

Here it is assembled with a border:

Measures 15" x 19"

While I did hand-piece the entire little quilt, I'm an amateur quilter so they are quite imperfect. I realize now that I pressed some of the seams the wrong way on them so the white shows through a bit. But even in their imperfection, I am quite happy with them ~ especially the way the white contrasts with the blue.

For now I have to put it aside for a few days while I complete 2 quilts blocks of a UFO sampler quilt that I began some years ago. It is an anniversary gift for my mom & dad, and I am so excited about it!

Be sure to stop by Leslie of My Country Home to see what other gals are working on this Wednesday.

Blessings & joy,


lindanuts said...

I love this!!!It is beautiful... I look forward to seeing the other seasons---no pressure-LOL.
I have never followered a pattern. I always made it up in my head but they have all been just squares arranged. HAHA. Thank goodness I find other people's work at bargain prices!
Please show the quilt you are making for your parents....

Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

Oh, Lea how wonderful the quilt looks like so much work I'm sure:) But all worth it in the end!

How nice for you to make your parents a quilt they will treasure it forever:)

basketsnprims said...

Lea, I love your little quilt. How cool that will be if you do the 4 seasons for your hallway. Quilting is so much work.


Kath said...

Oh Lea-I LOVE it! :)
and how beautiful it will be to do all the seasons...
...and to make one for your parents...what a wonderful 'heart' gift.

I will someday try my hand at quilting...I love quilts. They are like "art" to me!

Thanks for sharing.

Have a wonderful day!


The Whites said...

Looks great! I am learning to knit, But I don't think I could ever learn to quilt!

Stop by my blog at your convenience, I would love to have you make a comment on today's post!


Farm Chick Paula said...

It's gorgeous, Lea!! The white contrasts with the blue just perfectly... I'll bet it's even prettier in person!

mary said...

I love your little quilt! I am so proud of you for setting a quilting goal for the year - I always do much more quilting when I have a desired goal in mind. Your hall is going to be lovely with all of your handmade creations, and I can't wait to see the quilt you are making for your parents. Have a sweet day!

Nancy Jo said...

VERY FUNNY LEA. Now I will be needing to see a picture of the hallway. Hey are you ever going to put anything in your esty store again? perhaps that quilt book would be a good way to get started again.

Elizabeth said...

The blue and white quilt is beautiful! I love quilts as well as "blue and white"
I have never made a quilt but have 3 of my grandmothers which I cherish.
Elizabeth (SimplePleasures)

Caroline said...

I love the idea of a quilt for each season. The colours look great I think the blue for winter is nice. I always think of red as a hot colour.
Take Care

Angie said...

You know I have pondered picking up that kraft as well. I have been in the mood to try new and different things this year. I have been crocketing and want to learn to knit as well. I can't tell you how many times I picked up a ready to do it kit for a lap blanket with my 50% off coupon. I should have picked it up! LOL. What a wonderful resolution! I think it looks great!
blessings, angie

Heather's Stitches said...

How Nice! I love Blue and White! I have not attempted to quilt anything yet but I might before the year is thru.


Toby Parsons said...

Your quilt is beautiful Lea! :)

I miss quilting so much. I sincerely hope to make time for it this year.

I typically don't use patterns. I just look at pictures and make quilts from that. Obviously, this doesn't work with more complex designs. I want to learn more about applique as well. Do you do applique?

Nancy Campbell is doing a retreat again here in March. Brooke is 'so' excited to be able to see her again!

Promise to make a blog post when all your quilts are done and hanging in the hall. :)

Linda said...

I just could not get my 53 year old eyes to read the small print in your post today but the quilts look interesting Lea. I am finding blogs with dark backgrounds and fine print harder to read lately even with my glasses. I must really be middle aged! LOL

Linda said...

You are just so sweet Lea. Thank you so much. I am sure I am not the only one who hasthat problem sometimes. I could easily read it!

What a great idea to have a quilt for each season. Each one would become family heirlooms!

Thanks again!! Stay warm! hugs, Linda

Lulu said...

its beautiful..I love quilts..

Vintage Linen Treasures said...

So cute! What a cute idea to put up little quilts in your hall.
Patricia :o)

Primitives By The Light of The Moon said...

What a beauty and hand~stitched! It's going to look good in your hallway.

Wanita said...

Your quilt is beautiful, Lea. Having a quilt for each of the seasons is a great idea. I love quilts, but have never made any. Perhaps some day I will.


Carrie said...

Beautiful! I love it!

Dani said...

I think its going to look lovely in your and white always stands out, doesn't it? and I think you did a great job....

KKJD1 said...

Thanks so much for coming by and checking in on me. My puter died so I could not do anything. Sure did miss everyone. Your quilt looks so pretty! Blessings, karen

Kathleen from Eggs In My Pocket and Yesteryear Embroideries said...

I have this book Leah! It is wonderful. I love the look of little quilts and I also love being able to "finish a little quilt" quicker. If you look on my newest post, the photo with the quilt.... that is a little quilt I scaled down from large size. I love this design, especially in smaller form. Always love to come visit here! blessings, Kathleen

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I just came across your blog and am delighted to visit. I'm a quilter and love I know I'll be back to visit often.
Blessings to you this day.

QuiltedSimple said...

Very pretty. I love little quilts - they are so much quicker than bed quilts. Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

Annie said...

I Love your quilt! and I like things that are not exactly perfect, I think those are things that have more character!

I cant wait to see your other quilts!


Wendy said...

Oh I can't wait to see them all done and displayed Lea!! I just love quilts they are just so warm and inviting!! Hope your having a great Blessed week my friend!~hugs~Wendy

Katy said...

I love it so far Lea...and imperfection in things make it unique and special!!! I can't wait to see it finished!!!! :)

Leslie said...

It's great! I love quilts and small ones are just as good and not as hard or time consuming :)

Have a great day!


tall house quilts said...

It's a very pretty little quilt. What a good idea. I love the little quilts books although I have ot seen that one.

Raggedy Angel said...

I kove that quilt...and that book looks like a keeper too!

Julie said...

OHHHH--your quilt looks so wonderful. I enjoy doing little quilts because they work up quickly. I have some little quilt patterns, too. I can't wait to see your hall filled with quilts---what a great idea. Have a nice day. Julie

Annie said...

I love the Stars in the Snow. I love to quilt.

Peace and Joy,

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries and Eggs In My Pocket said...

You did a beautiful job! blessings, Kathleen