I made progress in the UFO department. On Sunday I hadn’t sewn a bit…not a single bit on anything UFO related. I lamented a bit to Hubby about it and next thing I knew at supper time he said, “I’m doing dishes tonight and you’re going up and sewing.”
Well I like the sound of that. I think I should lament a little more often, right?!
Anyway..I didn’t really have a UFO picked out to work on. I thought which project would give me the most bang for my buck. That’s when I thought of my Santa Fe String Star. For those wondering this comes from Bonnie Hunter’s book String Fling. I sewed the diamonds quite a while ago. I started the diamonds in May of 2015…at least that is the first time I saw that I blogged about them. Then in that fall I finished the diamonds…then last year at this time I did the flying geese. Little by little it’s happening.
I had gotten the diamonds sewn together into a star but had stalled out on picking a background.
When it came time to sew the back ground on I had some problems. I had tried one time before but for some reason the numbers that were in the book didn’t work for cutting the background sizes. I don’t know if my star stretched. I had blogged about it then and someone said they made it and but cut all the pieces bigger and then cut the center down in size once it was all sewn together. I ended up cutting my corner squares bigger at 21″ x 21″….the side pieces I cut at 32″ x 32″.
That worked fine but then I had another problem….cutting the sides down. UGH. I couldn’t get my head wrapped around how to accomplish this. It turns out I couldn’t cut it down to the size that the pattern suggested. I would have cut into the star. Instead I added two more rows of flying geese to each side.
Then after lots of figuring I found I needed to trim so that there was about an inch of border beyond the star points. It wasn’t an easy task but I stuck with it.
I was so proud of myself….this project has sat for this very reasons…trimming…a task I hate.
I got up early Monday morning and in a short bit I had this. Looking good, right?
I am loving it!!
…and no Kelli and Connie…I didn’t use red as the background. Can you believe it? It’s a blue batik.
Well now I’m debating about adding another blue border. I’m thinking yes….what do you think? A blue border? The quilt isn’t very big as is. (Yes Mary, I can hear you teasing me about never making a small quilt!!)
I’m thinking a light binding fabric with the added blue border…or maybe a gold binding…Feel free to chime in with your thoughts.
Catch me back here next week. I can’t believe that I might have this finished and turned into a top by next week…dare I hope?