Lone Star blog hop
The last blog hop of the year hosted by Island Batik began on Dec 5th. There are so many beautiful collections being release it would be hard to choose one as a favorite. Today I am sharing one of twenty-five collections that will shipping to your local quilt shops in January. To find a shop near you use the Store Locator from the Island Batik website.
You can find the entire hop schedule and some mug rugs I made here.
Piecing the Lone Star
For months I contemplated how I was going to make a Lone Star quilt and I contemplated way too long. Do I paper piece, use the strip method or …? It didn’t help that my beloved Juki went flying off the table and bounced on the floor, landing 5′ away. Lucky for me that I have another machine but found progress was slow since I have used the Juki every day since 2017.
Using the 14″ Prairie Star die from Accuquilt I cut my blocks as I thought this would be the easiest for me. The plan was to make 9 blocks, add sashing and corner stones, finish with flying geese. As usual, plans change.
All the small diamonds fit perfectly together but four of my blocks didn’t turn out so well. I’m still unsure if I stretched the patches or what exactly I did wrong. One thing for sure, I wasted too much fabric and was running out of time. So I chose the three blocks that were laying flat and started building from there.
Here is one I modified trying to coax it into laying flat.
Putting it together and embroidery
AccuQuilt also has great snowflake dies. Lucky for me the Bernette B79 loves Aurifil thread. That same spool doubled for piecing and embroidery.
For the snowflake blocks I used all the golds from the Farm Country collection and used the lightest fabrics for the snowflakes. There are 4 maroon fabrics in the collection but I needed 5 for the ornaments. Luckily I had a red and off white check that matched the gold and maroon in this collection to make my five ornaments on the top and bottom of the quilt.
Loki followed us outside to take the photo below. When we came inside he was running behind me jumping up excitedly at the quilt, what’s a girl to do? Lay it out on the floor of course and he happily plopped down.
Of all the quilts I have made this one drew the most attention from two of my sisters, both wanting the quilt.
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It has been another great year being an Island Batik Ambassador.