After I made a couple of wonky stars for the Bushfire Quilt Project, I got a little addicted. I’ve noticed others who are feeling similarly. These stars are like potato chips. I used The Silly BooDilly’s star tutorial. It kind of amazed me how my Bushfire stars came out looking almost like I’d cut and measured carefully:
About the same time, I saw a star quilt in a photo on Linda Lum DeBono’s blog. The photo is of a quilt at Pennington Quilt Works. I love the stars in Amy Butler Daisy Chain on a light background with lovely strippy sashing.
I am attempting a reasonable facscimile using wonky stars:
I’m trying to be a little more wonky with these. And I never thought I’d ever say this in my whole entire life: I’m running out of white on white.
These aren’t nearly as fun-looking as the multi-colored stars in the Bushfire blocks, but I’m sure I’ll do some of those after these Daisy Chain stars.
And, while these are 12″ stars, I still want to make some of Belinda’s tiny wonky stars too. They are so cute!
So, be careful with the stars, you may find it’s all you want to do.
I’ve also been playing chicken with my last remaining size 8 needle. I use that size for invisible machine applique. The size 8s are delicate little things, as in I am afraid to use the machine’s needle threader for fear of snapping off the point. Happily, the eyes are still in good enough shape to thread invisible thread through a size 8 needle. Maybe not on the first try… But I was able to finish this week’s machine applique task in four corners:
And start on the begininings of another:
Not real fond of the prep work on all of these circles, so I took a prep break to sew some down and see how I feel about it. Hmm…not sure… This is the beginning of Gardenia, which was a free pattern designed by Cate Tallman-Evans using the Gardenia fabric designed by Linda Lum DeBono. It looks like the free pattern is no longer available at the Henry Glass web site. I can download it using Camino when clicking on this link, but in Safari, it says the file is not found. Go figure. In any event, it is circles and squares and Bloom led me to it back in February when she left me a comment during the giveaway.
So, those are some of the haps for a sunny Wednesday.