I cut strips to sash each cottage and red bits to make stars in between the blocks. I was so incredibly inspired by Sarah's cottage quilt. You have to go look at Sarah's quilt on her blog Anyone can Quilt, especially if you have cottages you haven't sewn together yet. You'll be inspired, too. I had to really study Sarah's quilt to figure out how I wanted to apply a similar lay out and maybe use a different method. I really try not to copy cat but I fell in love with how she took all the different cottages and made them work into one cohesive quilt.
My gosh it was hard to get the stars and points to be semi-straight/perfect. I didn't take all the cottages and trim them first to the same size first. I forgot that step. And since they have all been made by different people it has been a bit of a challenge to sew them together with good lines. I've needed my little friend the seam ripper now and again.The cottages are coming along though and I've got rows 1-3 all completed. I am making 5 rows. I hope to get more done tonight. Once I started getting into the groove it became really fun.Flora gave me my border fabric last year. It is perfect. I loved how Flora bordered hers so much that she shared the fabric with me. So really I've had excellent help in getting at least one of my Christmas Cottage quilts put together. I can't wait to take this to the quilter. Hopefully I can get it quilted and bound in time for Alpine Days.