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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Countdown to Christmas

Hi Everyone,

Now that I have my beloved "Bernie" home, I got started catching up on the Temecula Quilt Co's new sew-along, Countdown to Christmas.

They had a teaser photo, but I can't find it right now to share with you.  In case you are thinking it involves a whole bunch more two-inch basket blocks, relax!  You only have to make 24 two-inch star blocks!

You start each star by making 4 small flying geese.  As you can see, they came out a bit wonky, so I squared them up to make sure they were the right size,  1" x 1.5." 

There was quite a pile of trimmings, so I'm glad I took the time to do that step.  The blocks will go together so much easier.
They are really tiny!
Then you lay out the flying geese with the center and corners.  I did 4 star blocks at a time. 
Here are 20 finished stars.  I did the rest yesterday.
Next you make 140 4-patches from 1.5" strips. 
And you cut a pile or two of 2.5" light squares. 
I'm looking forward to the next step!  Are you joining in?  It isn't too late to catch up!
Have a great day!


  1. This is a Temecula quilt I am not making. Shocking, I know. But I think I would have a nervous breakdown right now if I added one more thing to my plate--you know the feeling?
    I will happily admire your work. I'm sure I will wish I had made it. : )

  2. Wow... those are tiny! Beautiful but tiny.... I'll be sitting along side of Janet and admiring your work.


  3. Count me in as a 'stalker'...I don't do well with something so tiny BUT I love the look.

  4. I want to make it so badly...but every time I reach for my reds, I say, " give your head a shake girl!"
    I have so many things on my plate right now. How much time have you invested so far to get you where you are? Yours are so sweet!

  5. Oh my goodness...why did I have to read your blog today? How did I not know about this sew along? LOL Now I have to go check it out. LOL

  6. I think I would go blind if I tried to make stars that small. I'll have to be a lurker on this one and just enjoy seeing your progress. I really like the color scheme you've chosen. It must be a great scrap buster.

  7. Your post is encouraging! I bought a stack of fat quarters to begin this sew along, but have yet to do anything. Thanks for the pictures..... Tomorrow I will start. YEA.