Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Star Struck (Out) Again!
Another star attempt. I decided to try something a little "easier" than Harvest Sun as a starter star block and after more than 1 bobbin of sewing (those strips are cut a mere 1 3/8", so lots of sewing)- this is the result. Could it be my seam allowance is off by that much? I don't think so because every other quilt I make (without these pesky little diamonds that I am so drawn to of late) comes out pretty close to perfect. Or, perhaps the cutting directions had an error? Maybe I even cut the angle wrong in teh first place. Whatever the case... I am still starless. Good thing I know that I am a decent quilter and have made beautiful quilts in the past, because believe me, these stars have me stumped. If I had my quilting start with stars and they were coming out like this - I would have run away from quilting and never looked back!
A funny little side-note about this star attempt... when I started out I asked my husband about the angles on the ruler... I just wanted to confirm that I was using the correct angle. He assured me that was the correct cutting line, so after I got all these segments pieced - and yes, I had them all pieced before I realized they didn't fit together - I showed him the results. We both laughed and laughed because for some reason it struck us both as very funny, this lopsided star.
Not to worry though - they fit together a different way and create a rather interesting design that I can use for something else (that is 2 rows of segments stacked together in the photo). And, I will attempt another star, another day! I KNOW I can figure these buggers out; there has to be a trick in it somewhere. But phoo-ey, I wanted THIS star to come out perfectly. Humph.
What about Shakespeare in the Park you ask? Done, done, done!!! I am pleased to have it finished because toward the end I sort-ov lost momentum. You know how it is - you start out so excited, make tons of blocks, lay it all out on the floor so you get the big picture, and then... fizzle. At that point I know what the big picture looks like, so on to the next project, right? But, I had so much work into this top and it was so close to being finished that I stuck it out, one connecting seam at a time. Phew. That was a close one - would hate to have that end up as a UFO, cluttering up the back corners of my mind with cobwebs. So, it is done and eventually I will send it off to be quilted and when it comes back all beautiful, I will take a completed photo to share.