We are about half way through our stitching time in the Mouthy Stitches swap, organized by Susan, Hadley and myself. As I am 1/3 swap mama, I absolutely can not fall behind in stitching my tote. Want to see my progress so far? A block. One silly little block. That took me 3 evenings to piece.
This block was made using the Lone Starburst paper piecing templates from Six White Horses. It is a very basic paper piecing project, but at times my brain could just not bend the way it should. Anyway, it is finished and I am quite happy with it. Clearly it still needs to be squared and trimmed, but I am on the way.
I used the Chicopee line by Denyse Schmidt for the star...mostly because the colors are pretty. The idea is to use Essex Linen to frame it, for the straps and on the pieced back. I think the little star looks nice there next to the grey.
Side note: Those of you in the Modern Stitches Bee know I am bee mama for November. I was playing around with the idea of a scrappy Lone Starburst for my month. This was my tester block. You'll be thrilled to know I would not even think of making you spend 3 of your evenings stitching this block. Not in a million years. A world wide sigh of relief was just heard here in Galway.
Now I need to find a lining fabric. I like this stripe from the Ladies' Stitching Club as it picks up the blues and the plum purples.
I also like the floral print in Ladies' Stitching Club with the blues, plums and pieces of the pink that you see in a few of the purple prints. I think you are a grand floral kind of gal. Is this right for you?
And the final option is a hashed blue from Summersville. Might this be more your speed?
So, partner, what do you think? Do you like the star? Which is your favorite lining? Send a little hint, please!