So, amidst all the hectivity of getting my quilts ready for the show, a woman needs some downtime, doesn’t she? What do I do in my downtime? Why quilt of course!
I needed to make a baby quilt for a friend in Australia. Then I had heard that one of her colleagues would be in Harare this coming week. There was an opportunity to send the quilt back with him, so I rose to the challenge.
With my Snow Chains quilt misbehaving so badly, I needed something to take my mind off of the situation. Something to cheer me up and stop me feeling like I was a total lunatic. So I dug out the five star foundation paper pieced blocks that I had made up a few months ago. Initially I had planned to use them in a show quilt, then I changed my mind and so was left with a whole pile of blocks. The blocks are by Kristy Lea @quietplaydesigns from her “Catch a Falling Star quilt”.
I chose twelve of the blocks and arranged them in a three by four combination. Then I sashed them with two inch sashing in white and two inch white border. I backed the quilt with lovely soft lime green flannel, that has tiny white polka dots.
I quilted the star outline and along the sashing, stiching in the ditch. Then I bound the quilt in a pale lime green plain cotton.
It is quite true that with every quilt your skills grow. I so enjoyed stitching in the ditch, and although it isn’t perfect, towards the end I really got my eye in.
This is also very good practice for my big show quilt “Falling Star” which incorporates a variety of these same five pointed stars but in various sizes.
Thursday last week, saw a baste fest at a friends house. I provided the eats, she provided the table tennis table and my sewing group joined in, helping me baste the quilt. It took six of us three hours to finish the basting. Quite an achievement!