Friday, April 24, 2015
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...
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!
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.
At top right are the trimmings from creating this 12" star. Those triangle trimmings became yet another littler star!
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!