Friday, October 12, 2012

Mouthy Stitches Progress

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!




19 comments:

Susan Standen said...

The star is amazing, and I would go with the stripe, but that's just me.

Patchwork and Play said...

I love the star! I know i am a floral kind of gal, but I think the stripe suits perfectly! And on the Modern Stitching Bee front, I have been wanting to make one (or more?) of these for some time. I'm up for it if the others are!

Flying Blind... said...

Beautiful!
I think I love the Summersville the best xxx

my4lilgirls said...

Fabulous block, must try some paper piecing, always looks amazing.
I love the third fabric, its real subtle with the burst of colour in the star.
Have a great weekend
Karen x

Charlotte said...

gorgeous star! I'd pick the summersville :-D

Quilter in the Gap said...

I would make any block your heart desires but I have to say...... PHEW!!!!!!!

I much prefer the stripes, and btw.

Dianne Neale said...

I love this lone-star block. But I wouldn't think of myself of a grand floral kind of a gal, so unfortunately it's probably not for me! If it is, I'll take the stripes!

Sarah said...

Love the star, love the blue :-)
As Rhonda said, I'd make whatever you want for your month, but PHEW! lol

Annabella said...

I think your star is absolutely gorgeous and I love the blue lining!

Lynne said...

It's a lovely block!

Leanne said...

I would make that star for you, it is beautiful. I like the summersville with that star the best but they all work nicely.

mammafairy said...

Either of the first two wopuld suit me, I am less for the summersville. But I love the star.

Nicky said...

If I am going to do the star for you - didn't catch on at first (duh) - then I want all three fabrics in there please!

Kirsten said...

I need to make one of these pp stars as they are so lovely - and I really like the Summersville fabric for the lining !

Erin @ Billy Button Design said...

mmmm paper piecing .I haven't tried that yet. Summerville for me though please. Can't get enough of it!

Archie the wonder dog said...

Your star is gorgeous!

Judith, Belfast said...

Beautiful star C! I'm with Suz! Jxo

Sarah Ashford said...

Wow this is stunning! The fabrics work really well in this, and I love the star :-)

Katy Cameron said...

Loving the star, glad you conquered it!

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