Friday, June 15, 2007

Quilts in Progress

Well, I'm back to work on my own stuff now, and here's some of what I've been doing. First, I'm going to a retreat the end of June where we're going to learn how to make a strip pieced lone star quilt block. We had to make a paper paste up using our fabrics, little ½ inch diamonds. I have a ruler that cuts that angle for me, so making the little bits was easy. Deciding on the final color layout was the hard part:


The paper was nice and flat when I first glued it up, but unfortunately, someone (who shall remain nameless) decided it'd make a good place for a kitty nap.

I actually plan to make two of these stars, and stick them on my UFO that started out as the Ostrich that Peachquilting was doing. I figure half on each side, and then maybe I'll come up with a big block for the four corners? Here's what I've planned so far in EQ6, many of you may recognize the middle part of the design. My favorite of the 4 corner blocks is the bottom left one, but it has 16 points meeting in the center, and that's a bit much. I'll have to keep looking. I have Block Base software that works with EQ too, but I've yet to install it on my new computer.


Or maybe I'll do some border stuff between the lone star halves and the next bit? I have an idea for a strip of triangly pieced bits I'll have to try in scraps before I use the matching fabric from this quilt.

I've also made most of a quilt top - but I can't show it because it's a sample for a mystery that I'll be teaching at a guild retreat. Won't be much of a mystery if people see it here, and there are a few people I know from guild who stop in at my blog. But I'm really happy with how it's turning out, and wish I could show it off!

Happy Quilting!

10 comments:

Meredith said...

What size will teh quilt end up being. Your color choices are beautiful. Enjoy your retreat.

Gail said...

That is one gorgeous, mind-blowing quilt. Can you say 'overacheiver'? LOL You are much more adventurous than I (not to mention more skilled)

Mary said...

The colors are great and I agree probably the hardest part of this block (although I've never made one). I have the Lone Star book by Jan Krenz and love the quilts in it.

Helen in the UK said...

Hope you have fun on your retreat. The colours are stunning! Look forward to seeing how this develops :)

Jane Weston said...

Looks fantastic. I love that idea of breaking the stars up into the borders.

Norma said...

That is one gorgeous quilt you have planned!

Susan said...

I love your colors. Your paste-up looks like a watercolor painting.

anne bebbington said...

Your ostrich has turned into a swan!!! (not that it hasn't been a cygnet all along really)

atet said...

What fun bright colors -- can't wait to see what this one becomes.

Darcie said...

Your setting would make a gorgeous and new twist on a BOTM quilt! It's smashing!

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