Countdown to Christmas!

We are having a heat wave here in the midwest.  It has been hot and humid for several days/weeks (or so it seems.)  Tillie is very much agitated because I will not take her for a walk in this hot weather.  I'm sure that she can handle it but I can't.  I dream of the cooler weather and so I have been eying my fat quarter bundle of Sweetwater's Coundown to Christmas.  I know it's only July but what better time to start a new Christmas project?  It will give you time to work on the quilt and think about the cool weather.  So, I decided to start a quilt project.  It's not like I don't have many started!  :)  But, Thelma from Cupcake 'n Daisies inspired me with the Moda Bake Shop quilt.  She is going to use the pattern and I decided I liked it too.  It is called Starry Eyed and is free on Moda Bake Shop.  It is so cute and I just happen to have the fat quarter bundle of Countdown to Christmas make this quilt.  Here is the quilt:

Of course, I can't leave things as they are and do it the way the directions say.  I'm going to change the star block and use another block that I have seen.  It is a different kind of star and I like both the simplicity of it and the scrappiness.  Here is one of the blocks:

I will keep you updated on the quilt's progress.

I have been trimming 1/2 square triangles for my new version of Pinochle from Fat Quarter Winners.  So far, I have all the large triangles trimmed and am slowly working on the small ones.  As soon as I make a block, I will show you.  I'm anxious to see how it looks so I quickly sewed up 4 of the small triangles together.  I like the colors!

Hope you are enjoying the hot weather if you like it or staying cool if you don't!


Sherri said…
This is going to be one gorgeous quilt...I love this line, too!
Thelma said…
Monique, I love your star with the 4 patches in the center, I may have to do that too! I don't know if I can wait until December to work on this project! I'll be greedily watching your progress on your version of Starry Eyed, don't spare the pictures! BTW, I'm ready for a new picture of Tillie, surely she has some hair by now.
Strlady said…
That is my favorite Bake Shop quilt right now. I think it's the fabric that really kicks that piece into high gear. I was trying to convince my daughter to allow me to make that quilt for her but even though she loved it, she is determined to have me make her one by Kim Diehl (who I adore). It's part of her wedding truseau so she has the final word... I think I'll need to make it for myself at some point.
Candace said…
Great mix-up on the star, Monique! This will be a fun quilt for sure! And what better way to beat the heat that sew with Tillie by your side in a nice, air-conditioned room!

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