Finished Handmade Quilting

Twinkle twinkle little stars {handmade}


I fell in love with big ship sailing on Morning Star. In the context of the Tall Ships Race she’s not actually that tall, but a 62 foot gaff ketch is still a pretty decent size to take surfing down the swell of the Bay of Biscay en route to Lisbon. And if Morning Star was in my thoughts last week as I made the first of the May SugarBlock Club blocks, it’s her tender who inspired the second.

Because what else would it be called but Twinkle, as in Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  And this block is certainly full of stars.

Space for the Butterflies - Morning Star Block Sugarblock Club by Stitchery Dickery Dock

As is always that way, the second block was easier to construct; I had more of an idea about what goes where, and how best to line things up and that meant I could play around with the fussy cutting with a bit more accuracy.

The yellow stars are fussy cut from a fat quarter which hasn’t featured in the quilt so far because I totally broke my own sort of rule about this being a stash only quilt and added it to the mix when we were shopping in Harrogate on our anniversary trip away.  I did only have two yellows and there was starting to be a serious risk of them being overused so I’m utterly unapologetic to myself.  They also happen to be the perfect size for the points!

Space for the Butterflies - Morning Star Block Sugarblock Club by Stitchery Dickery Dock

I love the end result, it’s a block that really seems to go well with the other blocks I’ve made so far and it’s just so cheery to look at.

And as for the quilt so far, well it turns out that ten blocks is a really awkward number to try to set out in a quilt layout,

Space for the Butterflies - Morning Star Block Sugarblock Club by Stitchery Dickery Dock

And on a really windy day, you’ll be lucky to get even one photo with them all in it that doesn’t look like this!

Space for the Butterflies - Morning Star Block Sugarblock Club by Stitchery Dickery Dock

Seeing all the blocks together, at the moment the block with the cross of blue elephants feels a little out of kilter with the rest, and possible the dark blue flowery petals too, but we’re far from finished and I seem to remember being a bit unsure about one of the first blocks I made that I now can’t imagine not being in the quilt so we shall see how the year goes on.  It is making me think a little more about the art of scrap quilts and how it’s never just a question of grabbing the next bit of blue fabric!

And speaking of blue fabric, I’ve basted up the fishing net quilt and I have every intention of uniting it with the sewing machine again soon – so I may yet finish a quilt this year!

Joining Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish it up Friday, Frontier Dreams for Keep Calm, Craft On


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  • Christine Sherman 03/06/2016 at 4:47 pm

    Love the colors in your blocks!

  • Kate Heads 03/06/2016 at 5:26 pm

    It’s so pretty and summery. I love the star block, beautiful fabrics. I’ll look forward to seeing your progress.

  • Megan 03/06/2016 at 5:42 pm

    Those colors are so cheery together. Awesome job with the fussy cut stars!

  • Stacey 07/06/2016 at 1:09 pm

    Your quilt is shaping up to be very pretty, Carie! I’ve never done any quilting at all – you make me want to give it a try!

    • Carie 07/06/2016 at 9:34 pm

      It’s just cutting fabric up and putting it back together again – go for it – start with staggered rectangles and you don’t have to make any of the corners match and all will be well!

  • mell-meyer 07/06/2016 at 3:01 pm

    I love the white on yellow stars in your star points! Definitely not a fabric buy you have to apologize for 🙂

    • Carie 07/06/2016 at 9:34 pm

      true indeed 🙂

  • Marlyn 07/06/2016 at 10:48 pm

    Very nice quilting. Bright beautiful colours. A happy quilt!

    • Carie 08/06/2016 at 11:26 pm

      thank you 🙂

  • Bonnie 09/06/2016 at 3:44 am

    Lovely! I really want to make a sampler quilt. I find the rounded patterns and even the eight pointed star to be such a challenge, but you do it so beautifully!

  • sally 04/07/2016 at 2:45 pm

    I love this block, definitely my favourite so far, I think I could happily make a whole quilt from this one.