Sunday, July 8, 2012

Weekend Wrap Up

Saturday was my sew day at Fabric Etc, and I was going to get all my paper pieced blocks for JT2 stitched.  I prepped them and was raring to go. After arriving and getting set up, visiting, watching Tracey demo her applique method and then 'quickly' trim up my star block, I was ready to paper piece.  Except it took me forever to square up a very wonky star.  I was shooting for a specific measurement, and I finally just squared it up. Thank goodness Carol had so many different rulers, I struggled with this task. 

And here's how much paper piecing I got done.
 Not much, I forgot how time consuming paper piecing can be.  It's my least favorite type of piecing, I think I've mentioned this before.  Here is Verna's JT2 in blacks and whites. 

Pretty fantastic..............and she is gifting this quilt.  I'll be keeping mine, if I ever get it finished.

 I got home Sat and added a 1/4" flange to one side of the star.  Error, it would not lay flat.  The seam needed to be pressed towards the star and that had the flange on top of the border.  Out came the seam ripper and off came the border.

Tonight  I decided to make a stop border 1/4" wide.  I must have had the quilting gods looking out for me as all the borders fit perfectly.  I thought I would have to be using Gwen Marstons method, "if it's too long, cut it off"  I was totally prepared for that, and yet, it all measured out even.

 Here is a close up of the inset strip.  I've stay stitched the perimeter, I do this on pieced borders when I know I won't get to the quilting right away.

I couldn't be happier with this piece.  All the 1/2 sq tri's are bonus blocks from my Sisters Choice.  I still have 100's more, but I won't be making another one of these.  The funky setting triangles are screaming out for hand quilting, so for now, this piece will be put up until I finish the 4 block applique that is getting hand quilted.

What did you sew this weekend?


Janet O. said...

Paper piecing is not my friend, so I would have accomplished even less, had it been my project. You did great!
Your star is gorgeous! Don't know that I will do anything so ambitious when I finally make my Sister's Choice quilt. The little inset looks so nice. And that top-stitching is a good idea. I'll have to remember that.

Kathie said...

oh my you had a great weekend of sewing, I just love that little red piece in your block it is so beautiful. love this!!!!!
I am working on a baby quilt I hope to share tomorrow

Valerie said...

Oooh the border on your star looks have me SO sold on this!!!

Karen said...

Paper piecing is my least favorite method too but sometimes can be the only way to go.
The red stop border works well on your triangle quilt. Like it was meant to be.

Lori said...

Your hst star is amazing!!

I don't enjoy pp much either, but I like the results.

Linda C said...

Love how your star block has turned out. Its beautiful!!
l spent some time paper piecing 1/2 square triangles among other things this weekend. And then mindlessly ripped papers off while watching Downton Abbey on TV. Off to do a blog post. you can read about it soon!

Mimi said...

What a great little quilt show!!! Thank you. Everything is beautiful!!

Sharon said...

Wow, your star is looking wonderful! I like your stop border. What a great way to use up the bonus blocks! How big is the star?

PP can be a real pain in the patootie, but sometimes it's the only thing that will do. And yes, it's slooow. I think you made good progress!

That b&w quilt is gorgeous!

By the way, I'm having a giveaway on my blog!