Friday, December 30, 2011

Stargazing

I am lucky enough to be Miss January!  Um, no. Not in a pin-up calendar, but for the Sew & Bee Happy bee!  As soon as I bought Modern Blocks, I knew I had to use Stargazing as my block for this scrappy bee.  I could not be more excited!


I finished off two test blocks today.  They went pretty well, but I learned a few things.  First, you need to carefully choose your scraps so that the fabric is a color. Stating the obvious, I know, but do you see that small pink star above?  For two points I chose a white fabric with a pink print but when it was used in the block, there wasn't enough contrast to see the point.  I will replace that little star tonight.


Second, if you go too tall with your points or they will be cropped when you piece the blocks together.  There is one point cropped in the blue star and one that will be cropped as soon as I join this block to the next.  So it goes - live and learn.  Do you see the little red star here?  I did better on try two :)

Anyway, I think this will make a fantastic quilt.  I will put these blocks into the quilt top with different orientations so the stars are scattered.  I will make a few large 12.5 inch wonky stars as well to add a little variety.  Can not wait to see this top finished off!  

21 comments:

Terri said...

Thanks for passing on your tips. I learn something new on every project. You'd think I'd know it all by now.
Hugs~

Manda said...

They look good! Thanks for the advice too! :)

Flying Blind... said...

Great choice! You will end up with a beautiful quilt made of those xxx

Sarah said...

Thats going to make a realy fab quilt, especially if you throw in a couple of large wonkies too :-) Great choice!

The Thompsons said...

So cute! Love your bright colors!

Katy Cameron said...

Oh that's going to look fab as a quilt, looking forward to seeing it completed :o)

Kristi said...

I love the stars and the colors...wonderful job!

Judith, Belfast said...

It's going to be one colourful starry quilt! Lovely! Jxo

Siobhan said...

I love the colours. Looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

Lori said...

This block was one of the finalists for me as I was trying to decided which one to do for my Modern 99 group. It was a tough choice but I love this block.

Nicky said...

Cindy I am hoping the instructions are brilliant as I'm quaking in my boots now!

Clever though getting three stars from one block! You sly old thing!

Will try my best!

quilary said...

Those tips will help with the Bee - but, like Nicky, there's a bit of quaking going on...thinking there will be some practice blocks in my future...

susan said...

This is going to be such an incredible quilt! Great choice of block.

Diary of a Flutter.Kat said...

Great choice Cindy! I can't wait to make my block :)

Linda Coleman said...

these are two lovely blocks Cindy, really like the zingy colours in them. It's a rare sewing time when I don't make a mistake.

Judy said...

I like your stars with the bright, bold colors!

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Stargazing, is a hobby whose participants enjoy watching the night sky, and the plethora of objects found in it, mainly with portable telescopes and binoculars.

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I'm sure this will make a fantastic quilt.

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