Thursday, September 22, 2011

A heart of gold!

Oh My Goodness, I am having SO much fun with hearts in my crumb blocks. I fell head over heels for the first little one I made and I have been wanting to make more and more. I really like the red ones that others in the Crumb Along are making, and the pieced ones too. See the link above for Jo's great directions and a bunch of links to what other crumbers are up to.  However,  since my accent color is yellow/gold my hearts are gold. THAT will be the name of my quilt I think, when I'm finished.... Hearts of Gold. That means I will have to make a bunch! Woo Hoo! I hope to make much progress in the wee hours this weekend since the 11 year old that lives in my 'sewing room' will be off camping with the scouts.

And Oh My Goodness am I horrible at stars... star points specifically. Ack! I think it has to do with the angles and the non-mirror-image nature of any angle that is not 45 degrees, BAH! I have definite preferences about my points that let my passion for symmetry and regularity show through (I have tried to let loose, really, I just end up not liking the result!) and I am SO bad at meeting those parameters while still trying hard to make it suitably unkempt. This is very bad news since I have a bunch of 4" blocks that I am thinking of making into stars themselves. That is 40 blocks that will require 4 goose blocks each... 160 goose blocks with those infernal star points! Yikes, my quilt plan may have just taken a turn away from its original path. Oh darn, I'll just have to keep practicing!

This is the idea I have for a the final product... many stars that are crumb blocks in the middle and have various colored points with a neutral background (left) interspersed with large crumb blocks containing star blocks  with gold star points (right) as well as heart blocks, blocks with 4 patches, and groups of 4 of the smaller blocks. I am trying to get an idea of what it will look like... I think I need to actually make more blocks. Sigh. I WILL figure out a faster way to make those goose blocks and get them to come out the right size, I WILL even if it kills me, which it might.

 Happy stitching to all and to all a productive afternoon!


  1. Your hearts are beautiful. Don't be hard on yourself, the stars look great too.

  2. I love your star blocks, especially the very bottom one, with all the colours, and the wonky points. When it comes to crumbs, the wonkier, and non matchy the better. And those little hearts are soooooo cute! I'm gonna have to make me some of those!!

  3. You aren't "bad" at wonky points - you just haven't turned off your linear editor (that's what I tell myself - remember my pathetic geese...) I found I got very wonky if I didn't use my rotary cutter or a ruler. Hide them if you have to. Those little gold hearts are adorable.

  4. I LOVE your blocks! The hearts are so cute and your stars look great! Such a cute name too..... Looking forward to seeing how it all goes together.

  5. Let go, let loose, those stars are supposed to be wonky and I challenge you to use them in this crazy crumb along quilt anyway! :) Besides I like them!

    This is a totally new thing for me too. Hoping my clutter will get less with this project...NOT! Ha!


  6. Not bad at all ! I love your blocks and especially the tiny gold hearts. Congrats !

  7. Eden,
    Your work is beautiful as always. I love those hearts.

    I'd love for you to come link up your work in my Saturday Spotlight:

    Have a great weekend.

  8. You do have a heart of, love, love them. Your stars are great too.

  9. LOVE your heart blocks!!! and stars too!! What size are your finished blocks? Can't get an idea of what size your hearts are. Thanks!