Snowball Stars

I was at a stopping point on my fan quilt since I ran out of thread so I started a new quilt, a small quicky to be gifted. It’s a star quilt based on a snowball block. It goes together so quick and easy. I’ve never made one like this, but when I heard about it, I knew it was something I needed to try. I used scraps for the stars and sashing, and the background fabric was only about a yard. The finished quilt is 36″ x 36″.

Scrappy Snowball Star Quilt

Scrappy Snowball Star Quilt

Isn’t it cute! I quilted only the larger areas, but it should hold up fine. It’s in the wash as I write this.

I’ve discovered that thread can get super expensive. A  standard spool of thread these days is 250 yards and is normally priced about $3.50. When you consider that I used about 3600 yards of thread in my last full size quilt you begin to see what I mean. That’s 14 spools of thread, or almost $50 (before tax). I’ve started buying it online at Connecting Threads at a considerable savings. Their cotton thread comes on a 1200 yard spool for less that $3 dollars. Even with shipping I save a good deal.

 R eady for quilting

Ready for quilting

You may be able to tell that I am going to do a Quilt as You Go.  The blocks are 17″ square and the quilt will end up being about 87″ x 100″. That’s way too big to quilt on my home machine. I did wrangle a queen size but it was a struggle. So, I think this should method work out nicely. I’ll keep you posted.

The holidays are just around the corner, and much as I hate to, I think I need to spend a bit of time getting things straightened up around here. Knock down a few cobwebs and put up a tree. Why not, tis the season! Much to be thankful for.

‘Til next time, keep some art in your heart!

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