Common Bride


I have been working off and on – on the quilt top “Common Bride”.  It is coming along so nicely! The center is a star with a feathered star around it.  I am hand piecing this quilt.  I do a little here, a little there and it will be done one day.

Right now I am able to lay it all out on my cutting table as I work on the center block which will end up being 36 x 36 inches which is bigger than my table.  Well actually my table is that big – it has a drop leaf on the back end which I never have out as my room gets too crowded – I might need to extend it for a short while and just walk around it.  It would be nice to be able to have the table out for the placement of the applique – I could get all four corners done and glue basted in place – then drop the leaf of the table back down and have the space as always.   Most of the time my table is 36 x 24 inches.

Right now I have a good portion of the feathered star finished!  Everything is laid out in sections and part of it is sewed .  You can see I put sections on my felt board – this gets carried around the house and I work on it in minutes here and there in between other things.  If I am waiting on something on the stove I can put it on the table and stitch here and there while waiting for something to cook – or it is in the living room and I am stitching while watching the news or whatever.


The next to do when the star is finished is add  6 1/2 inch sashing and then pieced baskets in the corners and add flower applique that comes out of the baskets – more sashing then and it will be ready for more star blocks all the way around it.

I received a package yesterday – more fabric Smile I did a trade with Tina near Kansas City (no blog) – a pattern for fabric – she wanted the Star Crazy pattern and it is no longer available on the Quilt Show site.  I rarely make a pattern more than once and no longer needed my copy of it.  I had printed it out like a book – each month as sections came available I printed it all out.  Fabric for a pattern seemed like a good idea!  She sent me some yummy batiks that might go well in this quilt that I am making now.  With 24 more star blocks to do there will be numerous colors added.  The applique will make use of that blue and yellow for sure.


Slowly I will be joining more the Patchwork of the Crosses blocks.  Last night I got started putting another block on the 4 that I already joined – it goes slow though.  When I get another added I will take a photo of 6 blocks joined.  I have 18 finished (I think) and I’m working on number 19(?).  I still have no idea how large this quilt will be.  I finish #19 and possible continue making 24 blocks and then decide from there.

No quilting was done yesterday – maybe today – it is supposed to be hot – maybe even back in the 100+ for the next 4 or 5 days – yuk!  It was so humid yesterday.  I was helping Mike dispose of a dead tree and we loaded the trailer two times and got it unloaded where we burn things and he got that taken care of while everything was so wet outside now that the burn ban has been lifted.  I didn’t last outside after that – it was just so humid and hot.

Outside work will need to be done in the mornings for me! Afternoons in the heat will be spent in the house!

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  • deb Sep 2, 2012

    Karen that block is just looking awesome! You really know how to pick fabrics!
    you got a nice selection to work with in trade too that was an awesome deal
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  • Deanna Neumann Sep 2, 2012

    Your “Common Bride” is so beautiful! When you first showed the pattern I thought it was lovely but now that you have it is in progress, I think it is stunning. Really looking like a project (way in the future) I would like to think about. Hope it gets cooler for ya.

  • Debbie in Alaska Sep 2, 2012

    Great idea to trade…love those batiks.
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  • Catherine Sep 2, 2012

    Hi Karen,

    That feathered star is beautiful. Your hand piecing looks so perfect. I love to hand piece too. It seems I’m more accurate hand piecing as opposed to using a sewing machine….. Those batiks are lovely.

  • audrey Sep 2, 2012

    Your star is looking so good! Love your portable felt board–what a great idea!

  • Judy Sep 2, 2012

    I just wanted you to know that I love your blog.

  • Arlene Sep 2, 2012

    Love the new quilt and how it is coming along.
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  • Nedra Sep 2, 2012

    Common Bride really is coming along nicely. And your weather sounds a lot like ours right now. Normally its not too humid in Arizona, but we are having monsoon season.
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  • Pip Sep 2, 2012

    I love how that star is taking shape, I had no idea that the centre block was so large, it is going to be a huge quilt. Yuck, humidity, give me dry heat any day 🙂

  • Tim Latimer Sep 2, 2012

    That center is looking great! love your fabric choices …it is going to be a real beauty
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