The Brightest Stars

I’ve been working on lots of little donation projects. It keeps me busy and sane in these challenging times. I’ve written before about Covered In Love, the charity by who has bimonthly block requests. Kat and her team of helpers pull the blocks into gorgeous quilts for those critically ill in the hospital. I have thoroughly enjoyed helping with her block requests for a few years now. I feel part of something larger than myself and know that I’m giving for others in their tough times. Selfishly, I always learn something from the specific block request that pushes me to try new techniques, use novel colors and step out of my usual comfort zone.

STAR BLOCK REQUEST: Covered in Love’s usual every-two-month block drive is on hiatus for the months of May-June. However, for the months of July and August, Kat always asks for red, white and blue blocks with stars in them. Blocks can be any design with a star, but they must be sized at 12.5″ unfinished.

This year, I wanted to try a log cabin with stars in the center. Thank you to Epida Studio for a great tutorial of a star/log cabin block. If you love log cabin string quilt designs like I do, check out their entire post for a Log Cabin quilt-a-long that looks so fun. The blocks were fun to make and while I planned to do 2-3, I just couldn’t stop. I’ve made 8 so far, but I don’t think I’m done. I don’t know how Kat will arrange these into other star designs, but that’s part of the fun in seeing what she creates from our donations.

Log cabin blocks with stars in the center. I’ve always wanted to try these and it was so fun. They will go to Covered In Love at the end of August 2020.

In past years, Kat’s block requests have helped me to learn paper piecing.

I’ve also learned to work more successfully with half square triangles. It’s all still a work in progress, but I’m grateful to be moving in the right direction. All this, because her block requests are different all the time.

So far this year, I’ve also made other star blocks like these below. I’ll keep looking for the pattern for you, but so far it eludes me.

I also made this block in a few different variations. I’m not happy with my seam connections there, so I may yet redo this one below.

Another simple star block for CIL.
Clearly my points are off on the top of this star. This is why I embrace the belief that a finished quilt (block) is better than a perfect one! Still, if I have time, maybe I’ll redo it.

If you like to sew for charity, please check out CIL and try making a few 12.5″ star blocks. The deadline for submissions isn’t until the end of August 2020, so you have plenty of time.

SMILE FOR THE DAY: In a final funny note, check out this photo that I posted on the Facebook ScrappyGirlsClub. I truly thought it was a bug but upon closer inspection, it’s a fabric scrap. I hope you have fun sewing and though many of us are on edge these days, sometimes it’s just a shred of fabric….

When your scraps start to look like bugs… maybe it’s time to take a break from sewing!

Linking to:

Midweek Makers

My Quilt Infatuation

Confessions of a Fabric Addict

Finished or not Friday

8 responses to “The Brightest Stars

  1. I loved that you saw a buy! Sending love from way over here. Back at work, but I take kids one a time. None of my individual kids came back. A sad end to a good year. So far we’re adding two weeks into July. Writing reports for next week, which is the part of my job I really don’t like. But really, still breathing so can’t complain. Miss you. I was supposed to come for my nephew’s wedding Aug.1. He eloped with his husband, no new date. We’re hoping Shalev and Maya can have a ceremony September 10th. I should try to find a dress now in case everything closes again. Nice to see you are back to creating amazing things. Big big hug to you Elana! xxx רחי

    On Thu, Jun 11, 2020 at 8:59 PM That Fabric Feeling wrote:

    > thatfabricfeelingcom posted: ” I’ve been working on lots of little > donation projects. It keeps me busy and sane in these challenging times. > I’ve written before about Covered In Love, the charity by > who has bimonthly block requests. Kat and her team of > he” >


    • Rachi, thanks so much. It’s a new world. So sad that you can’t come for your nephew’s wedding. The world is reconfiguring and eloping is a great idea for right now. Working right now is so challenging. I can attest to that for sure. Oh how I wish I could attend the weddings of your kiddies. Please send lots of photos. I miss you very much. I can’t wait for the day when I can visit again and we can do something artsy together!!! XOXOX


    • Thank you so much. I’m thinking about doing more in another color scheme! these are addictive!!!!


    • My pleasure. I have so many blocks for you already. But the log cabin ones could be very interesting in one of your scrappy quilts.


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