Work in progress, began December 2013
I enrolled myself in a Lone Star Quilt course at the Cambridge Quilt Shop, more out of curiosity than anything else – I’m not normally a traditional quilt person. It’s been a great experience, with a wonderful group of ladies, and a stellar lesson in matching seams on the diagonal, which is a royal pain.
I started with the radiating star, and I wasn’t originally planning on making two, but after week two I ran into something of a problem with it. Let’s just say that this problem involved one, or other, or both of the cats, a broken iron, water everywhere, and forty bias cut strips in a tangle on the floor. I was sure it wouldn’t be salvageable, but I decided to put it together anyway and see how it turned it out.
My gut reaction, however, was to rush back to the store and buy more fabric for a second star, incase this one was well and truly ruined. Well, it wasn’t. There are a few issues with the seam matching, but these could have been caused by the instructor Amy’s insistence that I press the seams to one side (because this makes them stronger) when I’ve always been a press the seams open sort of girl (this helps the quilt lay flatter). Or it could be because some of the strips were a little knocked out of shape after their little adventure.
The second star was a huge change of pace for me. I’ve never quilted with batiks: I could never quite reconcile my memories of the heat in Thailand, Indonesia, and Malaysia – where the majority of my experience with batik fabric comes from – with the idea of a quilt. And trying to find a nice balance between the colors and the different prints was an interesting experience.
I decided to see what would happen if I rearranged the strips when I put them together. Perhaps I should have done some research on this first, but I do quite like the way that this has turned out.
I was a little worried about my fabric choices though. The whole thing seemed overly dark, but that’s easily brightened up with a lighter colored backing.
These are both gift quilts – assuming I’m ultimately pleased with the slightly off pink one – but I would eventually like to make one for myself. I’ll finish these two up and then take a break from star making. I’ve got too many projects lined up for the immediate future anyway.