First off, I want to give a birthday shout out to my friend Sandy, she recently moved into a new house and is one of the best “piecers” I know. Sandy, I hope you have had a great birthday and many more – enjoy the sweet life! I can’t wait to see your sewing room!
Last night I was still cutting my fabrics for the Red Crinoline Quilts pattern Star of the West and I was thinking that this was taking FOREVER when I decided to count my blocks that I had set aside for my half-square triangles. I counted them and I had 13 done, but I had 7 more sets on the floor still to do and my goal was 15. I had decided not to use some and traded some out and finally realized that I had pulled 20 sets instead of 15.
It was a great surprise that I only had 2 more to do, but then I had to decide which ones were definitely not going to be used and put them away! Problems, problems! I was glad I had over counted instead of it being the other way around and thankfully I had counted at that point!
After I got all of my cutting done I decided that I wanted to make one block, I love the mystery of doing a block and seeing how it goes together. Sew off I go! ☺
First I went to stitch my half-square triangles, they finish at 1-½ inches so I did those and put them aside. I’m using Star Singles by Spinning Star Design, they are so easy to work with and more importantly – great results.
I love the background fabric I chose, I’m using Marcus Bros, Red Crinoline fabric, Summit Rose – Gray. I knew it was the perfect one to go with my purples and blacks/dark grays!
I love Red Crinoline patterns, they go together very well and their diagrams and instructions are written very well (of course it helps to follow them ☺ but, that is for any pattern). They take a complicated block and make it manageable, but there is a lot of cutting and sewing.
Next was to make the different units, let me just say placement is critical, I put the wrong pieces in the wrong place and had to fix that, but after that everything went together pretty well.
This block has a lot of flip and sews, I love using the Pam Bono Design The Angler 2, as I don’t like wasting time drawing lines and I have great results using that tool. This pattern only has two main units, I got those done and then it was time to put the block together.
I love the block, one down and 29 more to go. I do need to figure out how to streamline the block so it comes together faster. I love that chain piecing!
I am truly blessed; I hope you are blessed by your daily threads. Love and hugs,