Saturday, June 12, 2010

A Sewing Day

It was a rainy day, so I sewed most of it. Between my shoulder blades started hurting, so I knew it was time to take a break. I did some laundry, but by the time it was ready to go out on the line, it was raining. So, I hung clothes out in the rain. LOL I figured another rinse wouldn't hurt them. The sun did come out for a bit this afternoon, so they were able to dry. I have a front loader washing machine, so things are almost dry when they come out of it.

Anyway, I have the center done on the Carpenter's Star. I have never worked with HST's (half square triangles) this big. They were 6 1/2" square. These big pieces made it sew up quickly. I am actually thinking about making another Carpenter's Star in blues for my mom. I think she would like it.  Here is the center.
I think there is enough contrast between the fabrics. The pattern called for using 8 fat quarters, but I chose to use 4 half-yard pieces. I like it. I definitely had to keep the pattern layout diagram close by. It was really easy to get those HST's turned around the wrong way. I became reacquainted with my my ripper today. LOL

I started out by drawing the sewing lines for the HST's. Then I sewed on each line. As you can see, my helper was on the job. LOL
Then I cut between the two seams, to create 2 HST's from each square.
Here they are all pressed and ready to trim. I pressed to the darker fabric.
All trimmed and ready to lay out. I dislike trimming, but these weren't too bad. I made them with my June Tailor ruler that is especially for making HST's.
Here is another shot of the center. What do you think?
I still have 4 borders to put on it. With all these borders, it is supposed to measure 70" square. I'm not sure how I will quilt this, but there will be plenty of space for some fancy quilting if I want. Any ideas? I may work on it some more tomorrow, if my upper back cooperates.

Everyone have a blessed Sunday. Thank you for visiting.

8 comments:

Granny J said...

That is beautiful. I love the colors.

Pat said...

What a GREAT quilt top!!! I'm not good at figuring out how to quilt things, so I can't help you with any suggestions but I"m sure there will be others here with terrific ideas about that.

Crispy said...

Oooo soooo pretty Winona!! Carpenter stars are so dang pretty!! The first thing that popped into my head was feathers. I love feathers but never seem to have nice big areas on my quilts to make them :0( LOL

Crispy

tiffibug said...

It is so pretty! I really like the contrast in the colors. It made my eyes find optical illusions. :)

Myra said...

That is going to be an awesome quilt Winona! Very striking! 8-)

Bren said...

I love it!! I will have to go back and look at the pattern anme again. I wonder if I will find it in Galena?
70 wide is much larger than I thought it would be. I assumed it was a wallhanging.....which would be easy to adapt by just making smaller triangles.
Love it! I am with Crispy....feathers.

Dana said...

Winona,
You are awesome!! After our "chat" the other day I feel like those pics were for me and you explained it making it sound so easy!!

The quilt is beautiful!!
Thanks again!!!

Dana

Red Geranium Cottage said...

Lookin good Winona!!!!

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