After putting away my Carolina Christmas, :-( I pulled out my next project. I had the 2 1/2" strips all precut and the mock up of the layout pre done. Strips were just in a pile, so I did the sorting and sewing of the strata's. I stitched up the first blade of the star, and it went together so quickly, I realized I could get all the blades done before closing time.
Usually when making a lonestar, I baste along all the seams where they intersect, take it out from the machine and check every seam to see how far off I am and re adjust for the second sew. This time I used my good judgment, pinned at each seam, told myself this was not for show, and stitched a permanent seam. First blade looked good so I started the chain piecing! Brave, I know, considering the last experience I had!
And here are all the blades together. I put the top half in one direction and the bottom have the opposite direction. I anticipated the top layout would be my final decision. The reason for that is that the non batik teal green would be a bit dull as the full circle. I thought the movement of the batik would be far more interesting as the ring. Plus I thought the printed light was better in the center. More interesting.
And here is the final layout. Nope, I didn't even start to sew the blades together, that would be for another day. Got it all packed up in a box and moved on. Still time before we packed up.
Last under the needle, the pink and brown hourglass blocks. These are from a long ago swap and I like the secondary pinwheel that shows up when I use the darker blown. Again, I must pay attention to the orientation. I stitched together a few locks, and laid them out on the bolt of fabric that was the same that I had cut for the alternating plain block. I like this zigzag look and the 4 patch on point.
I have a few more in this box to sew together........
And few more piled by my machine.....
And since I felt I had a great plan for these blocks, and it was now 11:30 pm, I called it a day. A long one, a very productive one, and one that will stay with me for some time.
There is nothing better than sewing with another amazing woman. My gal pal, she just lets me ramble, we chatted about nothing and everything, we drank a lot of coffee and we planned a lot more quilts. We are already looking forward to our time together in the fall. But in the meantime, I committed to showing up at her studio and purge for her. It's always easier when someone else is there who has no attachment to your stuff.
Keep stitching, and can you believe it's February???