The world has become very unsettled
and I have found myself retreating
to the solace of simply sewing.
I've needed a quiet time
to settle my mind,
calm the emotions
ease the stress.
My sewing has lead me to
string piecing once again.
Do you still have a phone book
tucked away in a drawer?
This paper is perfect for a foundation.
It's easy to sew through
and better yet, easy to tear away.
I had recently seen a pattern
in this book.
There's a foundation 8 pointed diamond star pattern
made with strip scraps.
As much as I love scrappy
I wasn't in the mood for
a collage of colors or
a barrage of pattern.
Instead I pulled
a variety of neutrals
or low volume prints.
I know, you might be thinking:
no energy or movement,
but upon a closer look,
there is a lot going on.
There's a variety of colors,
all working together
speaking in whispers and still making
I needed 128 diamond units.
Once they were trimmed,
I left the paper in place to keep the
bias edges from losing control and
getting out of shape.
Then randomly selected two diamond units
and sewed them together.
I stopped stitching a 1/4" from the edge
to later easily add the triangles and squares
around the star.
Then two quarters were sewn together to make the half.
At this point,
knowing my machine piecing skills,
I knew I would hand stitch the
two halves together starting and ending
about an inch on either side of the center.
It didn't take nearly as long as it would
have if I had machine pieced with all
the ripping and unsewing I would have
done to get a good center.
Then it was easy to finish the center seam
and have it all come out perfectly.
I got the blocks together using a variety
of dark blues and indigo blues.
It was at this point that
I finally removed the paper.
One of my favorite stories
from working in the quilt shop was
the day a woman came in and inquired
about a pattern that said to
She wasn't sure how that was going to work
because it would definitely make the
quilt way too crinkly!!
With the blocks finished I
added a few simple borders.
After getting it together
I realized I had seen something similar
a long time ago on Pinterest,
a quilt done by Helen Wentzlaff.
I guess subconsciously,
we tuck away good ideas.
There's something comforting to me
seeing white stars on a blue background.
Working with this pattern,
this particular color combo
has been a productive and positive
solution for me and
has kept the world from spinning out of control.
Until Next Time-