Sunday, September 24, 2006

Seven little stars all in a row

Okay - correction - seven 'not so little stars' all in a row!

Well they are actually 6" stars completed so with 3/4" sashings between them the row comes out at about 48" in total

No matter how hard I try I really just can't do small :o)

The full challenge will I think end up with seven separate parts - now anyone with half a head for maths can tell that at this rate I shall end up with a square quilt which isn't what I'm aiming for.

So I've decided that, as well as completing each months theme in a row I will also put a light coloured background row of about probably 3 - 4" depth between them all and applique along it to match

This should end up giving me a centre of around 48" wide and 76.5" long.

Just the right size to put a nice border round for a generous single bed sized quilt

I've quite enjoyed pottering along this afternoon and evening putting this row to bed. I usually detest piecing, especially triangles but I purchased a set of 'Flying Geese Truing-Up' templates at Malvern the other year and have quite enjoyed using them on these stars - plus I've managed not to cut too many points off when assembling the row - definitely rising to the challenge for me on that!

The ladies don't know it yet but the next challenge will be 'Circles - or any part of'. This could mean applique, drunkards path, dresden plate, New York Beauty or bullseyes to give a few examples. The sky will be their limit!


Lois R. said...

I feel the same way when my husband is away. Although I do worry about his health/safety when he's away, it is more that I miss the other half to my whole. I feel incomplete without my best friend. I usually end up laying around and feeling sorry for myself, eating too much, and not sleeping well.

Love the stars. I was surprised to see that you had pieced them. Was wondering how you had appliqued them! The colors are wonderful -- great for winter. They seem cozy to me.

Hedgehog said...

Love those stars and boy, were you quick!

Fiona said...

This is looking good - I love stars.

KCQuilter said...

Sweet, sweet stars! Tell us more about the Flying Geese truing up tool--sounds great.

Dawn said...

I love your stars! They are so cute strung along like that!

Judy said...

I feel exactly the same way and my hubby will not go away and leave me here alone anymore much to his bosses displeasure. If they said his job depended on it he'd go, but it doesn't so he won't go just for the sake of a meet and greet!

I like the idea of a line by line quilt! I think it will look smashing!

ForestJane said...

Those stars look great!

And I'd hate doing pieced circles... lol.

I'm still debating on what I'm going to do for rounds E and F on my own guild's Ostrich Challenge. I'll find out Tues. night what they've all done for the first few rounds!

Dormouse said...

My husband works away a lot. In the beginning I assumed that I'd get used to it but I never have.

The stars are lovely. Not sure I'd fancy the next row though. :D

Lily said...

That truing up gizmo sounds like a good idea!

The stars are looking great :)