Thursday, May 22, 2008

Scrappy String Stars

(Stars on my carpet)

You all know, I love scrappy! This winter I pretty much emptied my blue/pink/purple selection of scraps making my Purple Strings quilt.

I was left with reds, oranges, yellows, greens, browns... hmmmm, what to do?

After playing around with a few different options, my favorite is Scrappy String Autumn Stars, not to be confused with another on-going project HST Autumn Stars! I will be working on these here and there. Yes - there is a slight off-set seam, but it is very easy to manage. I made a sample non-scrappy block just to test out my skills and make sure I could do it. Yes indeedy, I can. Might not be perfect, perfect, but it is perfect enough for MY standards! And I can only hope that I will get better at that seam as I go along, right?

I like to make a test block before cutting an entire quilt because sometimes - well... things don't always work out the way I expect them too, as this should-be 8 pointed star photo shows!

The foundations are cut of newspaper and I sew my scraps over them and then trim. The Easy Six ruler makes cutting a snap!
And behind the scenes - I am plugging away on my String Tulips. And working, working, working - 15 and 12 hour days all week, but tomorrow is my day off and Little Boy and I might just head out to a public garden! We went last summer and it was beautiful and we had a great time. It would be fun to see the Spring flowers! Fingers crossed that it works out that we can go because I could really use a nice, relaxing break! And he could use some extra special fun Momma time!
P.S. - Elaine asked what happened to that star - well, I read the directions incorrectly and cut the initial strips the wrong width. Thankfully it was only 1 sample star and not an entire quilt that I had cut out, then sewn together - because 1 star is a fair amount of sewing!


Elaine Adair said...

Lotsa neat projects, but what happened to the star? Did you use a 60 degree to cut them instead of a 45 degree? I don't want to make the same error if/when I try that one.

SandyQuilts said...

Oh my gosh check out those stars .... very cool. Love the coin quilt too.

Laurie said...

Great job Evelyn! And your mother's day bouquets are STUNNING! Gotta cherish those memories!

cher said...

you are such an excellent sewer to tackle those stars...this will be one stunning quilt- as are all of the quilts you do Evelyn. hope the playtime with LB worked out

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Well done, the EASY SIX and the EASY EIGHT are great rulers, make this type of piecing so much simpler. Enjoy every moment of precious time with your little boy, it goes by much too quickly.