Sunday, July 27, 2014

Stars, Stars, Delightful Stars.

I am behind, very behind on my Delightful Star Blocks. It has probably been a month since I have been able to work on this project. It's a rainy weekend. This means I can sew without guilt. So bring on the stars!

It was hard to decide what to do first. I decided to work on the easier blocks. This means blocks that are pieced with techniques I am comfortable, like half square triangles, Ohio Stars, etc.

My first block
Nice and easy-Lesson 10-Block 12

Next came another easy block. I'm not sure of my fabric choice. The purple print is not a strong contrast with my grey background. I will wait until I am ready to put the quilt together to determine if I will no another version of this block.
Lesson 9: Block 8

Skipping ahead to Lesson 13: Block 9, which gets joined to Block 2. I am finding that just because a block has lots of pieces it does not mean it will be difficult. I  am cutting and setting the blocks up before putting it together. Sometimes I will change a fabric to get the look I'm after. I used some of the same fabrics in Block 9 as I did in Block 2, so the blocks complimented each other.

Blocks meet up.

I has been a while since I have done any flying geese. I used the square method where you can make four at once. I was not sure I would remember the process, but it came back as I laid out the section.  I love this block. This is another block that I played with before choosing the final fabric. I initially wanted a brighter color around the center. I decide to carry a blended fabric through rather than introduce another fabric.

The final - Lesson 12: Block 1

I started with a brighter yellow and melon, but decided against them both.

Lesson 14: Block 22 is a simple block. I love how it turned out. I have noticed that some quilters are using the same fabric so it frames the center block. I decided to add another fabric. I picked soft colors, with a punch of color in the center.
Lesson 14: Block 22

The last block for the weekend is Lesson 17: Block 17. I struggled with the color for this block. There is so much background and I did not want something that would stand out. I am trying to create an impressionistic feel with this quilt. Sometimes it is a challenge to find the balance between softness versus  being washed out. I tested a dark purple, off white fabrics, and a pink batik print. In the end I decided on a Stonehenge fabric. It has texture without being too busy so the rest of the block stands out. I am not jumping for joy over this block. But there is nothing wrong with it either. It stays for now.

Block 17

So that is it for the weekend. It's time to make dinner and get ready for work tomorrow. I'm feeling much better now that I've made some progress. Hopefully I'll have time to do another block or two during the week. There are some friendship stars that attach to block 17. That is the most likely candidate for the next block.

Happy sewing to all.

1 comment:

  1. These blocks are all so pretty. I especially like block 17.