The other day Dana at Stormy Days
asked the question what do you do when you're stalled with a quilting project. I suspect the unanimous response was not "clean the house"! But her question had my name written all over it because ... my first Christmas project for us in many a year, stopped in its tracks by some really awful machine quilting that I'll never be happy with, right in those pretty Dresden plates.
Fabric in the Dresdens from a recent blogaversary win from Kyle
What to do, what to do? Of course the offending parts will need to be unpicked and redone, perhaps with some big stitch hand quilting, but that will need to wait until after Christmas. The binding could still be added at this point, some big chunky candlesticks plunked right on top of the worst of the quilting and it could
be used this season. The binding is all prepped, and two matching placemats have been pieced and ready for quilting, but ...
Minus its binding, and the dresdens need to be re-quilted, but I do love the overall look!
So, what do I do when a project is stalled? Stopped dead in its tracks? Why pull out a bin or three of fabrics, spread them around the room, and start cutting of course! Late in November Doreen at Treadlemusic
shared this link
to a tutorial at "Crafting a Rainbow" for these sweet Scandinavian folded stars. I was off on a new adventure!
The first two
I'll tell ya, these are addicting!
And then there were 25 !
Somewhere along the line I had this great idea to make one for each of our church families to serve as this year's Christmas card. That would be about 40 total, then there are the family Christmas gifts, a few close friends, and of course the members of our quilt ministry! Yikes, what have I gotten myself into, lol!?
These little babies are super stash busters, I'm going through my bin of Christmas fabrics and whittling it way down, not to mention the fat quarter bins. Each star uses a little over one square foot of fabric, so it doesn't take long to use up a lot of those oddball fat quarters that never seem to make it into a quilt because they don't seem to "go" with anything else. When they're folded down into 3/4 inch squares and triangles all those little bits magically transform themselves into a colorful, cohesive whole, at least that's what I'm telling myself!
These are a bit fiddly to make and require a LOT of finger dexterity! I found a small black paper clamp a necessary tool to hold the folded star points in place while pushing the fabric ends down under the central woven squares with the wooden point-maker thingie that came with my dresden template.
I also learned it's best to cut those fabric ends to the correct length before pushing them under the center squares rather than attempting to trim them after the fact as shown in the tutorial!
After completing 17 in one evening there was a bit of carpal tunnel complaining in my left wrist, so I'm progressing a bit more slowly now, no more marathon folding, just a few each day and all seems to be well. There are over 30 completed as of this morning, except for adding the hanging ribbons.
And that's the news from this little corner of snowy Western New York! That Christmas runner may still get the binding added later this week, but I'm not betting on it. These are way too much fun!