Friday, April 24, 2015

Stars for good

 Stars for good

This month, at the Love circle of do. Good Stitches, we're making a stars-gone-wild quilt for our monthly charity collaboration.  Stars are always a fun and friendly direction, don't you think?  Our leading quilter called for a variety of sizes and lots of bright colors.  No neutrals!  Here's how mine started...

Stars for good

Since we were encouraged to let loose a bit, I began by pulling out some orphan works.  In quilt speak, orphans are works that you started cutting or piecing together and then abandoned for one reason or another.  Or, maybe you didn't initially abandon them so much as plan to get back to them later...  And we know how that can go.  I say it counts for double if you can make your orphans play along for bee works!

Stars for good

At first I thought I'd be able to use those already-cut aqua triangles somehow, but in the end I went with a more typical star-piecing strategy. I used mini orphan blocks for the star background and green triangle scraps for the points. 

Stars for good

At top right are the trimmings from creating this 12" star.  Those triangle trimmings became yet another littler star!

Stars for good

Can you spy them here?  They landed in a yellow background.  In fact, all my 6" stars have points made from small triangle scraps.  Scrap resourcefulness one of the endearing things about quilting.

And that's a wrap.  They may not have turned out all that wild, but they're certainly bright and colorful.  Off they go to join their friends in the Love circle April charity quilt!

20 comments:

  1. I'd say that 12" one is pretty wild. Love the piecing in the negative space. Those are just an explosion of colors.

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  2. Oh, good use of your scraps and orphans!!! I agree about scrap resourcefulness being a highlight of quilting. You have it down to an art form. Brilliant stars!

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  3. I rather suspect they will all look pretty wild once they join their star siblings. :-) I love your scrappy projects.

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  4. Such happy fabrics, Rachel.
    I am the same, I love bright happy colors.
    When I bring my stuff to quilt club they always say "that is so Rosemary" haha
    I am learning to not be so timid and actually put patterns together and like them. These are wonderful stars.
    I hope you are all doing well and having lots of happy times.
    I have my Lizzie over for the night, we are working on the shower that is tomorrow.
    I am really excited.
    Have a nice week-end. It will be chilly tomorrow I think so we will make our own sunshine
    Love always

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  5. Your work is all so colourful and creative. Do you offer a pattern for the pin cushion that is also a container? It is pictured in one of your photos accompanying this post. Thanks.
    I am at cockburnj@gmail.com

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    1. Hi Jean! That pin cushion caddy is actually a pattern from Anna Maria Horner's book, Seams to Me. I sure love it!

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  6. All that colour is sure to make your queen bee very happy :)

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  7. you are such a master at using colour in amazing ways. :-)

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  8. You do such a good job at recycling and repurposing.

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  9. Scrappy stars are the best stars! It also feels good to use those blocks.
    Groetjes
    Annemieke

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  10. I love how happy they are! What is the name of that Star pattern?

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    1. The small stars are "wonky stars", I think. They are the most basic improv star style. The large star is similar to a sawtooth star, only instead of flying geese units for the sides, I pieced together to square units. I have a tutorial for a sawtooth star on my tutorials page. Hope that helps!

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  11. Now that's resourceful! Love the blocks

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  12. I love that green star block with the pink background. It screams pretty!

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  13. The 12" star is so pretty with the little bits of improv! This is going to be a fabulous quilt, I will be on the lookout for the finish.

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  15. Oh Rachel! Thank you for making these beautiful stars. Everyone in the Love Circle is making my colorful star quilt even better than I could have imagined. I'm giddy with excitement to put them all together.

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  16. so one of the very things that keeps me coming back to your blog is the colours... and this post just made me fall in love. i love the unique colour combinations you work together. it's like quilting eye candy! i do not have that gift or knowledge. it takes me a long time to put something together because i don't know what works together. i end up choosing solids because i can figure that out better than patterns. LOL. but this is good. i think your stars are just beautiful ;)

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