It is a surprise to no one, I am sure, that I am starting a new year by talking about the old one. Despite my best intentions of catching up, a royal trifecta of holiday injury had me otherwise preoccupied at the end of last year. In case you are interested I was defeated by snow (threw out my back pulling Little Mister from a snow bank, no, really), stairs (knee trauma, as I decided to land on my knee after falling) and a pot from Ikea (I sliced my thumb open while washing it, which is, really, quite stupid if we are being honest). While all the medication (wee!) was great (as long as we are discounting the tetanus shot, which no, not great), being drowsy with a splinted thumb are not conducive to crafting. But, since I am feeling better, that will change soon-ish. But let's talk about something crafty that I did in 2010, shall we? Like, Starry Night.
I made this quilt in October (well, really mostly September). My friend Emily had her first baby and she and her husband are of the "we want to be surprised about the baby's gender" camp, which still confuses me. I would catalog such information in the "news I can definitely use" category, but that's just me. In any case, friends such as these always pose something of a quandary for me, especially when the lack of gender information is compounded with a lack of color selection for the baby's nursery. Honestly, you would thing these people would give me something to work with.
Because these are the same friends that were gifted Mansfield, I knew that something more modern would be happily received. But you know, it's still for a baby. And my friend likes stars, so, well, I went with stars. The quilt was fun, but it was not what one would call "easy".
I looked for star block patterns that I liked and made them all (the biggest star block is 7.5 inches). I made a goodly number of them (I did sketch this up first, by the way). And of course, a crescent moon (of awesome) was patchworked together and then appliqued to make the moon block. Because all the blocks were different sizes, this thing was a nightmare to piece together. But I can not argue with the result at all.
And the quilt is used all the time by M's beautiful baby girl (and washed too, because yes, it's a quilt, not underpants).