When the Stars Align pattern, which I have to say is my favorite of all the ones I've designed. It's also the most time-consuming to make because of all the half-square triangle blocks involved. Not a difficult task -- just labor intensive! This is the first full/queen size quilt I've made from the pattern, and it was basically like making 2 1/2 lap quilts! (The lap size version has 12 blocks -- the full size has 30 star blocks!) 30 star blocks translates to 360 half square triangles! Once I finally got the pieces made and the top sewn together, it took several hours to quilt, and several episodes of Project Runway to bind!
So once this quilt was dropped off at the post office, I found myself in a brief "custom-order free" state! I actually have one more custom quilt in progress, and two more orders in the planning stages, but since I am waiting for additional materials for the one in-progress, for the first time in weeks I was able to work on any project I wanted to!
I was so anxious to keep quilting that I quickly loaded this vibrant top on the frame. I wasn't a huge fan of the "Terrain" collection by Kate Spain when it first came out, but it is really growing on me! I always love her fabrics, and I have to admit that the colors in this collection were fun to work with. I found this pattern on the Moda Bake Shop called "Charming Stars" and decided it would be fun to use a purple solid for the stars. I also omitted the sashing strips, and I like the way the stars "float"among the charm squares.
This quilt did use up the last of my batting stock, which has been seriously depleted by my custom orders! I buy batting on the roll through Joann's online. Since we live in a remote area, this is so much easier than waiting for a sale and stocking up so I don't run out. I always use Warm-N-Natural, and the roll (40 yards!!) is a good deal with a coupon or a sale price. Usually the giant box arrives on my doorstep within a week. I finally purchased a new roll a few days ago, but other than the piece I set aside for this week's custom order, I'm totally out until the new roll gets here!
However, I do have a bit of Dream Green recycled batting on hand, so I think I'll be loading the remake of my Lorax quilt later tonight. I really do like the Dream Green batting, but I don't usually use it for my Etsy quilts since it doesn't crinkle up in the wash as much as the cotton batting. When I made the original Lorax quilt last spring, I decided the Dream Green was the perfect match -- it is actually made from recycled soda bottles. You would never know it, because it is so soft, and is very similar to the feel of the Warm and Natural before washing.
I finally managed to finish the binding on this fall quilt (made from Sandy Gervais fabrics), and build the additional storage crates I bought from Michaels last week for my sewing room. The additional vertical storage helped me clear up other areas of the room even more. I also purchased and built a shelving unit for the closet, but I am still sorting through the things that need to go back in there. All in all, it was a very productive and fun weekend!