Welcome to Wish Upon a Star Blog Hop
We’ll all be seeing stars this week.
The Big Plan
I knew I wouldn’t have much time to work on my chosen project as all my fabric for it was at my ND house and I’d arrive there less than a week before my turn to post for this hop (I winter in Arizona). With unpacking, resting, shopping for groceries, visiting family, and settling in, I knew that I wouldn’t have much to show.
While I could have chosen another star pattern or project, I knew I had something spectacular that needed to come out of hiding. I figured joining a hop is a good reason to begin a project. So my take on this hop is for me to begin a Double Star quilt for myself. This pattern can be found on the Blossom Heart blog here.
This is the block that now resides in Montana. It was very hard to mail this one away.
I made the block pictured above last year and sent it away to my hive mate in Montana (post can be found here). I liked it so much that I put it’s picture on my blog header, used it on my blog business cards, and set the fabrics aside for a rainy day.
When I was making that star block for my bee mate, I chose the coneflower fabric that I had ordered online. It was the right color to match the dots that I wanted to use.
I really like coneflowers but when that fabric arrived, I thought it looked rather ugly. That is until I cut the piece and inserted it into the center of the star. Wow! It looked fantastic.
Maybe that’s because it works well with the pattern, or maybe it’s because all the fabrics play nicely together, or maybe it’s because the coneflower fabric just needed to be cut into small pieces. It was then that I decided I must make a quilt of beautiful stars using that fabric.
I keep my projects in a plastic bin. This one was waiting for a rainy day to come out to play. That’s 5 yards of fabric minus one block’s worth to make a quilt.
When I read that Carol was taking registrations for this hop, I decided those fabrics had to come out to play even if all I had were a few minutes. I only have a yard of each fabric (with a block’s worth cut out already) so we’ll see how big of a quilt it can become. I’m hoping for at least a nice lap size. If it’s not big enough I’ve also got a couple yards of these pictured below that I can coordinate and add to it.
The pink one with the brownish background is really ugly. Hmmm. I wonder what it would look like cut into smaller pieces.
The Plan at Work
Sunday afternoon, I set to work cutting enough for 16 blocks. Putting the blocks in a 4 x 4 layout would make a 48″ square quilt. I’d like it a bit larger, if I have enough fabric.
First, I cut out the coneflowers. I’ll have plenty for this quilt and enough left over to expand it if there’s enough of the other fabrics.
I have 16 4.5″ squares cut and a lot of leftover fabric.
I learned lately that blue fabrics are one of the worse colors for dyes to run when washed. So I decided to soak and rub this dark navy in a tub of water before cutting. No dye reside showed even in hot water.
Both the white and navy blue have stars. This will be a star-studded quilt.
I carefully started cutting sixteen 5 1/4″ squares from the white fabric before cutting the smaller squares that were needed. And that’s as far as I got because Tu-Na Helper called and needed my help.
I’ll keep working on it this week. Stay tuned to watch my progress.
Thanks, Carol, for giving me the nudge to start my star quilt!
See More Stars
Here’s the line-up of all things twinkly and sparkly. Be sure to check them all out.
What I Learned Today:
- Cold water coming out of the cold water tap in ND is really cold.
- Ugly fabric is only ugly until it gets cut up and put into a project.
- “Rainy days” never come.
- “Taking the time for making” is a better philosophy to get something accomplished.
- A truly good friend is someone who will tell me if I have something in my teeth, or if my zipper is open, or if I have an embarrassing typo on my post. Thank you Kathleen of Kathleen McMusing for catching that typo!
Question: What project, meant for yourself, do you have tucked away for a “rainy day?” How will you take the time to make it? I plan to devote at least 15 minutes on this project each day, well, most days. I’ve got a brand new grandson who will be arriving any day so I might need to have a few days off to cuddle and snuggle him or his older brother.
Thanks for stopping by and do come again.
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