Tuesday, January 18, 2011

stars

These were made from white Kona cotton and lots of pretty scraps...many of which came from Terri. Thank you, friend!
The tutorial is here. I loved it then, I love it even more now, in a scrappy version.

I love free piecing, but once in awhile it's a good exercise to do some precision piecing for a change. My 1/4'' foot helps!

Doh! I just noticed an error in one of the blocks. Can you see it too?

127 comments:

Dianne said...

bummer! left block top left corner. Oh well...at least it's an easy one to fix...and you noticed it before you had a whole quilt top put together. ;)

Tiffany said...

Yep... definitely an easy fix tho. Super cute idea... I have lots of scraps, might have to give this one a try.

Bonnie said...
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Bonnie said...

They are lovely, I love the colours of the scraps, and as always LOVE the white!

Sara said...

Isn't that funny how you see your mistake after you post a pic---done that before!

The Calico Cat said...

I was just about to ask if you wanted me to point out the oops. :o)

Chris said...

I think those are twinkly stars in the White, pretty.
I always spot my mistakes in photos too!
Chris x

Lisa said...

I had to look at it for awhile to see it, so it may or may not be worth tearing out. I LOVE scrappy quilts/blocks, they are so pretty!

Pam said...

The persians always put a mistake in their rugs so as not to present themselves as perfect. My mom use to always put in a mistake in her wall hangings. Funny part was that it was easier to find her imperfections than the actual purposeful error. The beauty of art is that it is created my non perfect humans.

bethanndodd said...

I do but only because you mentioned it! They are beautiful (mistakes or not!)

Karen said...

Beautiful blocks! Love those colors against the white!

I did see the error, but it can be fixed quickly and easily. Lots of quilters say that every quilt has at least one mistake!

Amy said...

UH OH! I see it! but only after you pointed it out! I love the colors!

Darlene said...

I love the colors with the Kona white. Beautiful job piecing.

Didn't notice the error until you pointed it out :-)

Suzanne said...

It's not a mistake. It's a spin on a traditional design.

Amy said...

Those are so pretty! I like Suzanne's take on the boo-boo :-)

Farmyard Crafts said...

Some reverse sewing happening at your place? ;) I was wondering why they were different and realised maybe they weren't meant to be different! They look beautiful and fresh!

Melinda said...

What a soft, pretty quilt those will make. Easy fix on the "mistake".

janet said...

super cute - such fresh colors! I might try that block - how would you suggest putting those together into a quilt?

Tara said...

Really pretty, if you like those star kind of things! Color choices are great and I'd never have noticed had you not pointed it out! Are you up for a chat?

Kwilt Noob said...

Mistake or no mistake, this is super cute! I will for sure try it, and I am also interested in your suggestions for making it up into a quilt.
Thanks!

Dan Rouse said...

It was the first thing I saw, but an easy fix, and the blocks are lovely nonetheless.

Angela D. said...

Don't worry about the mistake. It just shows you are human! Plus who wants to get out the seam ripper?

Terriaw said...

Yay, I adore these blocks! I was thinking about doing a star block for my quilting bee project this year, and I might want to use your tute for these. Happy to see my scraps in action, rather than shoved into my scrap bin waiting to be included in some patchwork fun.

An error in one of the blocks? I see no such thing! hehehehe

Maja said...

Yes, the left star and in the upper left. But I liked it! Wonder how it will look to have all corner like that.
Maja

dooddles said...

I didn't notice the oopsie until I looked for it. Beautiful colors in this, can't wait to see more. :o)

Kim said...

Yeah saw it right away and thought it looks cute and does not take away from the block.......leave it alone...." a humility block"
Besides we all know you are awesome and practically perfect in every way...

Happy sewing

Sara said...

I don't think I'd worry about it - the blocks are lovely the way they are.

mean sarah jean said...

i like it. keep it that way. it's barely noticable anyway.

Make it Happen said...

I didn't notice until you asked! I like it that way they are! I would love to learn how to quilt like you from scraps. I am slowing getting into stiching small pieces. I hope someday to make small children quilts for the homeless or orphane children. If you have interest in ever donating let me know. I have a give back today blog you can read more about what I am doing. -Melanie www.givebacktoday.blogspot.com

KulaMom said...

upper left corner of the left square... probably wouldn't have seen it if you hadn't mentioned it. These are really pretty!

messymama said...

I didn't see it for the longest time, even when I was looking for it! If it was me (and this is only because I am the queen of lazy quilting, lol) I don't think I'd even mess with ripping it out. I love the colors you've put together and the way it all flows. Looks great! Makes me wish I was a little more patient with that whole precision sewing thing. :D

Robin said...

So pretty! Isn't it funny how we never notice those types of things until we're done? :P

Clair said...

I like the stars. A LOT! I did find the mistake, but if you don't fix it, it is likely no one would notice it.

prairiewhisper said...

You know I think personally I'd leave it and put it into a larger quilt. Wouldn't it be fun on a larger quilt to know there was one thing to specifically look for?

beatiful blocks by the way!!!
Heidi

Erica said...

These are beautiful! I will have to try this tutorial!

Thimbleanna said...

Don't you love a good camera shot to find your mistakes LOL! What would we do without them? I LOVE this block -- I love stars.

{cough}bella{cough}

Hahaha!

Dandelion Quilts said...

Love these....lovely.

amymcgrady said...

yep, that corner is turned the wrong way. But it looks great! I wouldn't fix it, if I were you. It gives it character.

Diane Hitchens said...

Your blocks are always beautiful, mistake or not (not that I've ever seen one before) :o)

Anonymous said...

I like the colors in your blocks. I had to look a while for the misplaced squares. It is a very quiick fix.

Janet

Michele said...

Beautiful blocks...I see it, but I wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't mentioned it :)

Sew Sane Jane said...

I love that you asked if we could see your switch - it sort of seemed like one of those photo hunt things where you have to spot the differences between the two provided pics!

So will you take it out and change or leave it in for "character" for the finished piece?

Lori said...

I had to look for it as I did not notice it. I just thought they were awfully cute! I am working on some variable stars and pinwheels right now.

Cathy said...

Ah! I see it! It is like playing I spy.

Allison said...

it's not a mistake, it's handmade. that's what makes it wonderful.

Em said...

So pretty! I love the 'quirky' block... I would leave it - on purpose! I love the scrappy-ness too!

Krafty KJ said...

I love the star design. It will look great in a whole quilt. I'd leave that block as is. Consider it a humility block like in the days of old. I think my scraps might be used for the same design.

Tina said...

It took me a minute to find the error. I scanned around and got to that corner last. My first quilt teacher told us to put the block we liked the least in the top left of our sampler quilt, because no one would ever notice it!

Deborah said...

Upper left, it shows you are humble.

rebkatz said...

Better than posting a picture with your bras in it for all the world to see. Why no, I wouldn't have any experience with that, why do you ask?

craftytammie said...

gorgeous! and i read once that amish quilt makers deliberately made one mistake in their blocks, because only God is capable of perfection - or something like that. so go with it!

Sandra said...

Love the scrappy look of these blocks. I didn't notice the mistake until you pointed it out. We are often our own worst critics:)

Andrea, the little collector said...

They are happy little block, right? Mistake? Thought it was just a variation on a theme!

Alexis said...

Those are so pretty!

Live a Colorful Life said...

Um, I was just going to say the same thing as someone else, about the Amish deliberately putting in a mistake as a sign of humility. Regardless, the blocks are awesome!

Ginny said...

I say leave it. It will make you smile each time you look at it :)

Carol T said...

Your blocks are really pretty. Isn't it funny how sometimes you don't see a mistake until you see it in a picture or at the very end of doing something?

Holly said...

Awww.....just leave it and call it your "Humility Block"!!! Always Love to see your selection of fabrics!

Cyrielle Lemeunier said...

Très jolies ces étoiles. J'aime beaucoup. Dommage pour le bloc en haut à gauche. Personnellement je laisserai comme ça, ça donne une touche personnelle au quilt une fois fini.

Very nice these stars. I love it a lot. Arf for the left block. In my opinion, you should let it like that, il will give your quilt finished a personnal touch.

Jantine said...

Yes, I saw it... glad you did too, so I don't need to tell you LOL. Love this block!

Puk said...

I wouldn't have noticed it if you hadn't mentioned it.

Our queen here in Denmark is very creative and makes a lot of things for churches (chasubles and the likes) and designs costumes for the royal ballet and she says, that there must always be an error - you should be able to see that it is homemade.
I tend to honour that...

pinsandneedles said...

Love the colors you are using in this block. So pretty. Noticed the turned around corner piece but at least it is a easy fix!

Shannon said...

Love these squares! Now, now...no need to point out your boo-boo's. Did you know that the amish didnt strive for profection as their thought process is there is only one that is perfect and it is God:)

Joelle said...

I have given people quilts and challenged them to find the mistake. Where's Waldo?

The stars look great!

Fuhriman Family said...

love the fabric choices-that's my style

Rosa said...

They are just fantastic,I love the colors you chose,lovely.

Caro said...

Don't you just hate it when you get something turned around? Top left corner...darm.

Caroline said...

I hate it when I do that! Top left corner is turned wrong. I made 25 of these squares for a quilt I made my mom. Still working on the quilt, actually. This is one of my favorite blocks! :)

Amanda said...

Beautiful- even with the oops!

Lauren @ Craft My Life Away said...

I do see it, boo! If you hadn't mentioned it, no one would have ever noticed!!

Wendy said...

Yes, but all beauty has flaws.
Many religions say "Only God is perfect", so why try for perfection? Leaving the "flaw" acknowledges that you're human.
=-)

Someday said...

Oh! I love those squares - the pattern and the fabrics. And I didn't notice the mistake - until you pointed it out! Will you fix it?

Lorraine said...

Good eyes! I was looking at it and could not pick up the error! Love your colours and use of the crisp white to bring it all together!

Jill said...

Such bright, cheery stars! I wouldn't have noticed the mistake, if you hadn't told me there was one!!~Jill

JaneR said...

Just like when I see a "ticker tape" quilt I think of you...if we all make this wonderful block with the'Amanda Jean signature touch' we will know we are in good company. Thanks for keeping quilting real and do-able for us average quilters or is it quiltist as in the term I've been seeing around blog-land: sewist?!!!!

Shannon said...

Thanks for sharing! I think I will get into my scraps/stash and piece a square together similar to yours. BTW, we are human, and only God is perfect. I say you keep the "mistake." It doesn't look bad whatsoever.

Carli said...

I love these colors, It makes me want Spring to come really bad!

Erin said...

Even with the mix-up in corner...still darling colors. Erinpoulsen @ yahoo. Com

Margaret said...

Yeah Well I think it looks terrific.

Lynette said...

Yep, I see it in the left block, left corner.

From what I've heard, the Amish usually have something wrong in each of their quilts (on purpose), because only God is perfect:)

Stephanie said...

Beautiful stars! Took me a minute to spot the booboo but you know what? I'd consider it a design element, not a mistake, and leave it in! My quilting philosophy is: A mistake is merely a new design opportunity.

Sharon said...

Oh that is not a mistake it is a creative opportunity.....these are very pretty. Thanks for sharing

karen said...

I finally spotted it. Just pretend you're Amish!

Diane E W said...

Good to know I'm not the only one to does that. I usually don't find them until the whole thing is finished.

JHRME said...

Never would have noticed if yo hadn't said something!!!

Kaye said...

The white sets off those beautiful colors, love the block

Shiree said...

oh dear a solid block where there shouln't be one, nature is not perfect you know, so leave it there!

cheryl said...

wow, progressive dinner and a book...what a combination

Stefania said...

Dear AmandaJean, I think that a mistake is necessary in a quilt: I dont speak english very well, but theerror is the square in the corner okìf the first block... ah, the block is very tender

robin said...

once, after critiquing my own quilt i was asked by a seasoned quilter "can you see the mistakes from a galluping horse"? love your stars!

cathy said...

very pretty

Steph said...

those are pretty!

jackie said...

It's an easy fix. I like the blocks a lot. thank you

Pepe said...

So bright that colours!

Magicaldamselfly said...

I see it but it like others said it is an easy fix. The scrappy look is really cute. I'm gonna have to see what I can do with my scraps now. Thanks for the tutorial.

Lettyb said...

Stars are great! I'll be peeking a the tutorial as soon as I leave here :)

Leslie's Itchin to be Stitchin said...

Very pretty, love the fabric choice

Barbara on the Eastern Shore said...

Fantastic block. I love the scrappy look and your tutorial.

Sheila C. said...

I love the stars block!!!

Jan said...

As a new quilter your little opps looks like something that would show up in one of my projects. I have been so inspired by all the quilting blogs out there. Thank you

DLight said...

Easy fix for sure. Just love the bright colors of the first one.

Mary on Lake Pulaski said...

Cute little blocks out of fabric from Terri! Easy to fix, easier to leave!

Terri said...

Love the stars! and no one would ever notice the error if you didn't point it out!! I come to your blog regularly for inspiration...thanks for sticking around!

Brigid said...

Love the stromboli recipe and the kona cotton/scrap stars!

Kathy Mc said...

I thought every quilt was SUPPOSED to have a mistake. Don't fix it! It will become a funny story to repeat and no one will ever notice once you get the quilt together.

Matt's Momma said...

Thanks for the progressive dinner! Looks fun!

Grandmasewnsew said...

Yes, I see it. I think that even though it isn't noticeable here until you pointed it out, it will be noticeable once you put the quilt together. Time to change it now. You'll sleep better too!

lisa said...

If you want to call it an error, you can, but I would call it creative interpretation, or made with love (not a machine where it would be "perfect." Thanks for sharing.... would love to win.

Just Julie said...

Love the idea of a progressive dinner with such yummy fabrics and projects!

Neza said...

Your work in a book? It must be a great book!
Lovely mistake :)

Vickie said...

I had to look for it, but did see it. Still love it!

Wendy Arend said...

Oops are ok. Perfection is a myth.

my happy bluebird said...

I think it gives the quilt personality. Makes you want to look and see if all the corners are done the same. Love it! Love your blog!

Susan said...

I'm glad to find your blog! Lots of neat ideas!

Lori said...

Took me a sec, but I caught it. Upper left corner, left block. The kind of boo boo we all make occasionally. It's an easy fix. Thank goodness for seam rippers, huh?

thérèse said...

I am excited for you, Amanda!!! Love you, girl.

corinne said...

At least you noticed before you put the blocks together. I noticed a opps after I started to quilt the top.

ggmmolly0295 said...

I see it! Funny thing is that I almost NEVER notice that kind of thing but saw it before you even mentioned it. I just assumed you wanted it that way. It gives the block character! Thanks for your generous give away.

Terri. said...

What a pretty quilt and the mistake I only after it was pointed out. Easy fix.
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Kristin Wilson said...

Caught it, but they're both beautiful!!

Carol said...

Caught it, top left. I like the scrappy look, I've been looking for a block like that. Looking forward to the book coming out.

Goosegirl said...

I see it, but I wouldn't change it. I like things a little fun and funky. Beautiful design and I want this book!! Thank you for the chance.

Christi Harrison said...

I love all your own quilt tutorials. They are awesome. I am new at this and I'm so excited to reference your site and get to work.

Jan Hatchett said...

Seems like I never find my errors until after the top is together. Good job finding (and fixing) yours earlier!

dgnsbach said...

Someone told me that the Amish deliberately put 1 mistake in their quilts.

Krum Family said...

I love the stars. I am really excited for the book
Thanks for the chance to win

Carla said...

It still looks pretty. Let's call it "artistic expression"