New Orleans House Project

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Stars In A Time Warp: What To Do With All These Blocks?

I haven't been documenting my Stars in a Time Warp progress in a timely fashion.  Picking out fabrics for the blocks each week is always fun, but I never remember to share what I've made.  I've skipped a week or two due to lack of appropriate fabrics, but the stack of star blocks still manages to keep growing.

Going back to the end of August, we learned about "newer" Turkey Red prints, which reflected changes in the dyeing processes and resulted in more affordable red fabrics.

September started out with Bronze Style prints, a fashion for new brown prints with a greenish or golden tinge rather than the earlier red tinge. 

Cretonne prints were designed as furnishing fabrics, but found their way into quilts.  Since my blocks are only 4", I had to choose prints with a smaller scale.

Blue fabrics with a touch of violet, known as Lancaster Blue, were popular in the late 19th century.  I'm not sure my blues are completely correct, but they serve the purpose.

The memory card for my camera is now telling me it's "full", so I need to go get a new memory card before I can share any more photos.  

Meanwhile, I'm contemplating how I want to set all my Stars in a Time Warp blocks.   Barbara Brackman has been sharing setting ideas with each week's fabric history.  My first idea was to set the blocks strippy style with zig-zags between the blocks instead of striped fabric.  BB calls this setting Rail Fence style (scroll to the end of the post for examples).  On the other hand, BB has presented a virtual encyclopedia of setting styles, so I don't know what I'll finally be inspired to do!


  1. They're gorgeous. No worries on the setting, it will change several times before you find the 'one' if you're anything like me. No matter how you end up setting them, this is going to be a very special quilt.

  2. Angie, you are the first person I have met who also follows Time Warp. I have been learning so much to help me evaluate my antique quilt collection. Maybe you can help me to meet more folks with this interest. I want to share my quilts and keep learning from Barbara and others.

  3. Angie, what wonderful stars!! I, too, have been stitching up stars - I've lacked several fabrics, but have managed to piece 90 star blocks with no two star fabrics the same!!! Some of the background fabrics duplicate, but over all I'm pleased. Can't wait to see yours all together!!

    Blessings and hugs!

  4. love all your versions of the stars and the placements of value and color! as soon as I move my photos to my computer I delete them from my card. You will always have access if they are uploaded to a computer.

  5. So many choices. You'll have fun getting these together that's for sure! Really no way to do it wrong with these classic style blocks.:)

  6. I just love your colour choices......gorgeous!