Seeing Stars

Kate, over at Tall Tales From Chiconia is, once again, assembling and quilting a teal coloured quilt to auction at the Nude Lunch in September to raise funds for ovarian cancer awareness.

This time, the theme is stars.  Kate does like a pun so this quilt will be named ‘Scinteallate’ – get it? – and some of her quilty followers are helping out a bit by making her a few blocks.

These are my three which are all foundation paper pieced


Banded Star (from a design by


‘Out There’ (from a design by Esther Frenzel)

and my favourite


May Flower (from a design by Carol Doak)

All on their way to Australia as I type.

A little heads up to Pelenna Patchworks in the UK who sent this (much needed) stash pack of 10 x 10 inch squares of assorted teal fabrics in a brown paper package using non-plastic tape and, just when I thought, ‘oh, they’ve spoilt it by using a plastic bag’, noticed this on the bag.  Baby steps!

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  1. #1 by Laurie Graves on June 4, 2019 - 15:21

    Lovely, and yes, much-needed baby steps.

  2. #4 by mlmcspadden on June 4, 2019 - 15:31

    Wonderful stars!

  3. #6 by Lynda on June 4, 2019 - 15:43

    These are fantastic!

    • #7 by tialys on June 4, 2019 - 20:09

      Two have some gold in for a bit of extra sparkle.

  4. #8 by claire93 on June 4, 2019 - 15:58

    oh gosh, that third one must have given you a headache to piece!
    And well done to Pelena Patchwork for being “green”.

    • #9 by tialys on June 4, 2019 - 20:10

      I’ve done it a couple of times before – Kate has one in her Bougie Nights quilt – and I really enjoy doing it. The banded star gave me the most trouble this time, surprisingly.

  5. #10 by Wild Daffodil on June 4, 2019 - 16:17

    I love everything about this post. Stunning stars – really they are gorgeous. I love them all but I think the top ziggy-zaggy star is my favourite for sheer Pzazzz!
    I must find out more about those bags! Brilliant!

    • #11 by tialys on June 4, 2019 - 20:11

      Thank you 🙂
      Yes, clear plastic bags do make attractive wrappings but are we prepared to pay the environmental cost any more?

  6. #12 by CurlsnSkirls on June 4, 2019 - 16:44

    Lovely blocks on their way to Oz. (Yes, spied a bit I recognised in that third one!) You are getting sooo good! Must find some of those bags, but am not too confident—attitudes down here are not adjusting to realities. Ah-hem. 👿

    • #13 by tialys on June 4, 2019 - 20:13

      I wondered if you’d spy it. There’s a whole band of it in the first one too!

      • #14 by CurlsnSkirls on June 5, 2019 - 13:59

        Duh… totally missed it. Double well done you! 👍👍

  7. #15 by M. L. Kappa on June 4, 2019 - 18:53

    Well done you and Kate and all the others! A lovely project. The other day at the pharmacy I said, I don’t need a bag, I’m economizing on plastic—and the girl said, it’s made out of maize!

    • #16 by tialys on June 4, 2019 - 20:15

      Brilliant! My cat litter is also made out of maize and is compostable. Let’s hope all these changes haven’t come about too late.

  8. #17 by magpiesue on June 4, 2019 - 20:03

    Wow! Love your stars. Very impressed by the packaging of the teal assortment too. I’m going to be needing an infusion of teal soon. 😉

    • #18 by tialys on June 4, 2019 - 20:16

      ‘An infusion’ 🤣 Yes, me too, I’d almost completely run out and teal isn’t the easiest colour to find.

  9. #19 by thecontentedcrafter on June 4, 2019 - 22:00

    Your work is beautiful – aided nicely by excellent colour choices. Kate’s quilt is going to be stunning! All (originally I wrote ‘most’ then did a quick inventory and realised it is now ‘all’) of my online sellers have made the leap to compostable bags – either plasticky looking or padded paper bags for foodstuffs just to keep up with the supermarkets and big box stores who have stopped providing plastic carrier bags altogether. It’s really good to see this small step gathering momentum isn’t it.

    • #20 by tialys on June 5, 2019 - 09:23

      It is good – let’s hope we’re in time.

  10. #21 by sew2pro on June 4, 2019 - 22:03

    Lovely colours and so precisely made.

  11. #23 by kathyreeves on June 4, 2019 - 23:20

    I am in awe! I bow to you and your paper piecing magic!

    • #24 by tialys on June 5, 2019 - 09:22

      It’s a strange method in many ways but, not being the most accurate piecer, it gives me a much better chance to get everything matched up. I never thought I’d like it but now I’m addicted and would rather do FPP than traditional piecing.

  12. #25 by katechiconi on June 5, 2019 - 01:04

    Oh Lynn, how gorgeous! You’re becoming a total paper-piecing ninja, and well done also on the shout-out for Pelenna, we all need to know when a supplier goes the extra mile to respect the environment. People *are* trying: My LQS now package all their hand-cut FQ packs with just a ribbon tie, and fabric they cut to length goes in paper bags instead of plastic. Days for Girls is phasing out plastic bags in their kits and is replacing them with waxed fabric bags instead. As you say, baby steps…

    • #26 by tialys on June 5, 2019 - 09:19

      I’m glad you like them.
      We seem to spend a lot of time feeling guilty at the moment – yesterday, I read the production of olive oil can have an impact on the environment, there seems to be something new to feel bad about every day 🤔

      • #27 by katechiconi on June 6, 2019 - 01:23

        You have to balance that guilt with remembering how much better we’re doing now than 20 years ago, when none of this was on the horizon for most of us.

      • #28 by tialys on June 6, 2019 - 09:01


  13. #29 by Steph on June 5, 2019 - 01:14

    Love the no-plastic packaging!

    • #30 by tialys on June 5, 2019 - 09:08

      Let’s hope it catches on!

  14. #31 by nottaholiday on June 5, 2019 - 09:08

    fabulous work, this will make an amazing quilt. Nice shout out too for an environmentally aware supplier, as well as a generous lady assembling the quilt for such a good cause. Nice karma all around

    • #32 by tialys on June 5, 2019 - 09:25

      It’s great to be able to do something I love doing and help raise money for an important cause too. Kate works so hard on these quilts – the last one fetched a good amount at the auction so, hopefully, this one will too.

      • #33 by nottaholiday on June 5, 2019 - 09:59

        There are definitely some good souls out there 🙂

  15. #34 by Nanette on June 7, 2019 - 04:18

    Ooh fabulous stars, Lynn, and terrific injection of teals. I buy bits here and there now when I see any, not the easiest colour to find. Yay for your fabric supplier, doing her bit. And the kitty litter I use is rice…..not husks, some end product that can be composted too…..and I swapped brands for the one in the paper bag, and wrote and told the other company why I wasn’t buying theirs anymore…….maybe they’ll get on board with paper too.

    • #35 by tialys on June 7, 2019 - 14:03

      Well done you! Let’s let suppliers know what we want and reward those already doing it with our custom.

  16. #36 by KerryCan on June 7, 2019 - 11:59

    Those blocks are awesome! I love the fussy cutting that gave you trees and birds in that last one.

    • #37 by tialys on June 7, 2019 - 14:05

      Thanks Kerry – that bit of gold in the trees should add to the ‘scintillating’ effect Kate’s after too.

  17. #38 by DawnGillDesigns on June 8, 2019 - 21:43

    fab. And I especially love that first one.

    • #39 by tialys on June 9, 2019 - 10:39

      Thank you. The first one appears the simplest but, because there is more background fabric involved, which has to be laid on at an angle, I often try to be too stingy with it and then end up having to unpick and re-sew so it actually took me the most time out of the three 🙄

      • #40 by DawnGillDesigns on June 10, 2019 - 08:15

        the simplest items are often the most challenging, I find.

      • #41 by tialys on June 10, 2019 - 09:16

        Maybe it’s because the individual components are more ‘visible’ when something is (or looks) simple – in quilting anyway and I’m sure it’s true of your jewellery too.

  18. #42 by Dartmoor Yarns on June 8, 2019 - 23:28

    These are absolutely fabulous! Such patience and such skill. Fab fabric too!

    • #43 by tialys on June 9, 2019 - 10:36

      I’m not usually known for my patience but, for some reason, it comes to the fore when I’m doing FPP. Which is not to say, of course, that some ripe old language might emerge from time to time if I go wrong and have to resort to the unpicker.😣

  19. #45 by nanacathy2 on June 10, 2019 - 16:25

    I love your stars , especially the one with the deer.

    • #46 by tialys on June 10, 2019 - 17:16

      Thank you. Kate has already received some beauties and, once she’s added her own, I think it’s going to be another gorgeous quilt which will, hopefully, fetch good money at auction for the cause.

  20. #47 by Susan on June 17, 2019 - 00:43

    I like all the blocks, but that Banded Star is an eye-stopper!

    • #48 by tialys on June 17, 2019 - 08:56

      I’ve made the banded star quite a few times now and it always seems to look effective yet I think of it as a ‘simpler’ design. Complicated isn’t always the best though is it?

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