One of my favorite aspects of piecing Curve Star Blocks and Inset Curve Stars are the large scraps that are left over. As I was piecing Sesen, I set aside the large Kumquat and Coral scraps knowing that I’d be making a bonus quilt using them soon. In early November (I thought it was just a month ago, wow, time flies), I checked in with my stash of Kona Solids and got your input on whether I should use Basil, Burgundy, or Purple as the background.
The results from getting input were interesting! Instagram responses leaned toward Green, and other social media locations (my blog and Facebook) leaned toward a near Purple/Burgundy split. In the end, I chose Purple because I keep my Fiesta Ware dishes in rainbow color order and I have been loving the Purple / Red / Orange grouping of my dinner plates.
As you all know, cutting the fabric is my least favorite step in making a quilt. It really helps to have something enjoyable to listen to while I’m doing that work, so this weekend I caught up on the Pantsuit Politics podcast and got to work. And don’t worry, my phone is usually tucked in the side pocket of my active wear shorts or pants (hooray for someone finally making useable pockets on women’s clothing), so the headphone cord is well and truly safe and away from the rotary cutter and my cutting mat.
After a long afternoon of repetitive work, all the cutting was done. And none too soon; my left thumb was starting to disagree with having to balance and hold those curved templates!
This is the general direction I’m heading with the bonus quilt. I may opt to rotate the blocks to create a slightly different layout, but that will be fun for another day.
Right now, I’m prepping to sew all the curves. A few notes about this:
- I’m using new pins! I think I’ve been using the same straight pins since I began quilting in the mid 1990s. It was past time to get some new (unbent and sharp) straight pins.
- I will be piecing using 50wt Aurifil 1200 (Blue Violet). The thread is a bit more blue than Kona Purple, but it’s the closest match in my stash and it’s good enough!
What are you working on this week?