Last year at our annual quilters’ retreat at Watson Homestead in Painted Post NY, four of us (Lisa, Pauline, Jeanne and I) decided to make and exchange blocks from Frightfully Crazy quilts by Janet Nesbitt. Her book features 4 different quilts Harvest Stars, Crazy Jacks (Jack-o-Lanterns), Scaredy-Cats and If the Hat Fits (Witches). Making 8 blocks of one pattern, we each will keep 2 of blocks and exchange the other 6, ending up with 2 each of the cats, witches, stars and jack-o-lanterns blocks.
My pattern is the Harvest Stars. General craziness is the technique used to complete these quilt blocks. Twelve fat quarters were stacked, cut, then shuffled so that each fabric became the star in one block and the background in another. It was fun to see the results as the blocks were sewn back together.
The craziness continued as the stars were stitched. The technique is quite a change from normal piecing, matching seams and sharp points of the star block. It was so easy!
My last task is to add the center appliqué and I decided to use Kim Diehl’s technique of invisible machine appliqué. I finally started the applique this weekend. ( There’s nothing like a deadline to make sure you get something done!) We are planning on our block exchange next week.
I hope everyone likes the results and can’t wait to see their finished pieces.
Quilting at Home!