For quite awhile I participated in the Monday Morning Star Count over at Jessica’s Life Under Quilts blog. A few months ago she went to a monthly format, which was fine, but we didn’t share in May. That means that the last time we had a star count was back at the beginning of April.

I’m really happy that Jessica has decided to renew her commitment to the weekly format because I have missed sharing with everyone. This week I am going to link to my main web site URL. I encourage all of the Star Count folks to scroll back to April if you have not been to my web site since the last star count.

To summarize my activity since the last star count, I have attended the first Slow Stitching Movement Getaway, nearly finished the piecing of the Batik Flower Garden quilt, reviewed the Apple Watch, and purchased the Janome Skyline S5. The machine was a demo unit offered at the sewing getaway. I’m getting to know her with some simple log cabin piecing, and I have a class set up at Pocono Sew and Vac for July 18th. There I hope to learn about the feet that came with the machine. I am anxious to try some free motion quilting and some quilting with the walking foot too.

My latest endeavor in EPP is a low volume Flower Garden quilt, which I am working on rather spontaneously. So far I have 15 flowers completed as seen in the photo above. I have not photographed all of these flowers individually, but I will show a few of them below. They are all basically white from a distance, but each pattern has it’s own color tone. Some read as green, some as blue, some as white, and others as cream. I am really enjoying this project, though matching up the basted hexagons from my big bowl of hexies is proving to be a real challenge because some of the fabric patterns repeat in subtle color variations. The patterned fabrics are from the Ivory Basics collection, and I am using Kona Snow as my unifying element for the center of the flowers.


I am not yet sure how I am going to assemble these flowers, but I am leaning towards making columns of flowers with a similar color tone. I’m going to remain flexible about the arrangement for as long as possible and simply enjoy the fun of stitching the flowers.

I am linking back to Jessica’s Star Count today at Life Under Quilts.