This little quilt began as a free summer sew-along pattern by Temecula Quilt Co. from 2012 titled, Summer Stars. I usually begin at least one red, white & blue project in the summertime – and 2012 was no exception – but I didn’t want this one to scream RED, WHITE & BLUE. Burrowing into my scrap bin I turned up a group of reproduction fabrics with definite possibilities, fabrics with softly faded personalities, and they gave the quilt just the look that I was after.
While I enjoyed making the star blocks that summer anyone who knows me, knows that I’m often compelled to put my own spin on the overall design. An idea for setting the blocks didn’t spring immediately to mind, so the eight wee star blocks ended up languishing nearly forgotten on the design wall for nearly two years. Two years!
Inspiration finally clobbered me over the head a few weeks ago and the star blocks came down off the design wall. I’ve added 9-patch setting blocks plus borders from another repro fabric. The star blocks finished at 3.25 inches, and the finished quilt measures 15″ x 23″ or 38.1cm x 58.42cm.
First Star To The Left… but of course you know the rest of the J.M. Barrie quote.
And if you’re wondering – yes, I’m still living in a dream world, a world where I really and truly believe that I can demolish my pile o’scraps. This has become quite the funny ha-ha joke in my sewing room, and I think even the dogs are laughing at this point. So clap if you believe. But clap for me, please, not Tinkerbell.
In the continuing saga of my scrap quilt challenge, first up is the Threads of Memory project by Barbara Brackman. I’ve pulled every red, white & black scrap that I could find – there are quite a few of them – and the group of star blocks has begun to remind me of a setting for a summer picnic.
I hate to admit what a complete slacker I am, but as of this weekend, I’m two months behind in the Brackman project. I’ll get off my bigoldfatone soon and get caught up. Right after the next round of visits from family. And then there’s the Saucier Family Reunion July 19th. Right after that. Maybe.
Do you wonder if I really have a Master Plan for the destruction of the scrap bin? Certainly, and the following photo will give you an idea of where a major portion of the scraps will find a home. But scraps aren’t the only items in my sights this year… idle yardage will also get used up wherever and whenever possible. Example? I’ve had some American Jane Alphabet fabric in my stash for years, and that fabric is in the process of becoming a border of words that evoke summer for me… a perfect coda for this summer’s string pieced star quilt.