There’s another project box that got opened. Upon opening it, I found this – everything for Christmas Fireworks (Midnight Fireworks from Millefiori Quilts 1) with all the centre stars done.

Beneath the stars? All the pieces to finish each of the 35 blocks.

The stars began with this fabric. I fell in love with it the minute I saw it as I knew it was perfect for some fussy cutting/printing. I’ve used it in this Christmas Fireworks project and plan to use it in another project that’s not yet started.

When I began this way back in 2015 – 2015!?! – I was torn between using a dramatic black or a cream gold to surround the stars. A decision was made to use the cream/gold and I began finishing the blocks.

Then I hit another decision that needed to be made and that’s when this stalled. Initially I was going to do some fussy cutting/printing for the corners of the blocks. I laid out a couple of blocks with the fussy cut pieces for those corners and it was just too busy. So I decided to use the cream/gold again and keep the focus on the centre of each block as they’re dramatic enough, I think.

Block 1.

The back of a block.

Block 2.

Block 3.

Block 4. Now there’s only 31 blocks to go! It’s not all that daunting as joining the red diamonds into pairs goes very quickly and then there’s loads and loads of continuous piecing and/or curved piecing to finish the blocks.

But wait! There’s other fireworks!! On the weekend, Linda Franz announced on the All About Inklingo blog that there’s an 80-page hardcover book on Winding Ways coming called Winding Ways – Quilting the Inklingo Way that’s available to pre-order now. I can’t wait to see it!! When I read that the book includes Linda’s best instructions on curved piecing, fussy cutting/printing and other things I was thrilled as her previous books, Quilted Diamonds and Quilted Diamonds 2, are absolute treasures with lessons about everything one needs to successfully piece anything. It was piecing the diamonds that had baskets in them that started my passion for curved piecing!

Mr. Q.O. knew a special ‘toon was needed for this announcement!

I couldn’t help but laugh at the look on Baxter’s face when I took this yesterday. I can almost imagine him thinking, “Really? That’s more interesting than me??”

23 thoughts on “Fireworks!

  1. I love Mr Q O’s ‘toon!
    Your Midnight Fireworks is amazing. You made great decisions on the fabrics to keep the focus on the stars. It will be a wonderful quilt!


  2. The Christmas Fireworks are so pretty. More, more. Linda is whispering my ear again with the Winding Ways. Been calling to me for a long time.
    How old is Baxter now? Those ears.


    • Thank you! I know – I can’t wait to see the book and then get the 3” Winding Ways collection – that’s going to be SO much fun! Baxter will be 10 next month. I can hardly believe he’s that old. It feels like yesterday we brought him home.

      Cathi Sent from my iPhone



  3. The fabric fits perfectly with your fireworks. And so the thousands of books come off the printing line,This would be a winner in the “toon” archives, I can see a toon book being printed very soon, maybe by ” Fireworks Publishing Inc”!!! ( I am serious, these are far too wonderful to be for us blog readers, they could and should be world wide reading, but then I am down here in the wide world ” !!”


  4. This is going to be a beautiful quilt. I look forward to seeing it when it’s completed. Looks like Bob is right on his game with this great ‘toon. You mean Baxter doesn’t enjoy sports? 😂


  5. Hi Cathi, Your stars look beautiful and I admire you using the one fabric in so many different ways. I am also doing this quilt and I am finding that when I sew the larger blocks onto the circle that I am getting tiny little pleats and it isn’t sitting flat. Looking at your photos you don’t seem to have that issue. Can you tell me how you have attached them please.


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