|Lone Starburst photo made available by Angela of Cut to Pieces|
I was excited to hear about the Guild's Challenge Yourself Challenge for March using Mona Luna's Meadow Collection (thanks again to Jennifer Moore for the fabric and Lisa Taglia for hooking us up). The simple rule of using this lovely fabric to try a new technique or project on my quilting bucket list has my mind reeling. I thought a quick blog post on the matter might 1) help me focus, and 2) generate some discussion on what others are thinking (or have tried).
1) Lone Star-- Having spent the better part of 7 years living in Houston, I admire this large and in charge star pattern which leaves no room or no need for anything else on the quilt. It seems like a great pattern to feature modern fabrics and color combinations. I've only tried piecing diagonals once and I gave up pretty quickly because I couldn't get my seams to match up just right and didn't have the time to learn for that particular project. There are some good tutorials out there, which have me thinking it might be worth trying for the challenge. The Hopeful Homemaker has a great tutorial for a small-ish strip-pieced star that could be a good size to start with. Craftsy has a free pattern for the Lone Starburst, a paper pieced variation of the Lone Star. The pattern notes the level of difficulty as "beginner", so this might be a good option for anyone who wants to try paper piecing and avoid the challenge of matching seams on a 45 degree angle for a true lone star.
|A cathedral window pillow I made for the Make Mine Modern|
swap a few years ago and would like to try again.
|Single Girl photo made available |
by Cheryl Jaeger
4) Paper/Foundation Piecing-- Our own MissEnota's work and blog post on Foundation Piecing inspired me to try this for my state fair quilt on a stick. I could see getting addicted to this with the many patterns available and the intricate designs that are possible using this technique. Kristin's blog post is really thorough and has links to resources and inspiring examples if anyone else is thinking of giving it a go. Specifically Kristin's cow is on my bucket list--maybe not quite right for these fabrics but I definitely have to make it someday.
5) Isosceles Triangles--I won a triangle template from a two-bit-bag drawing and haven't had a chance to try it yet (I also have no idea to use it, but it sounded like others in the MMQG do). Rebel Amish by Adrianne of Little Bluebell is one of my all-time favorite quilts. Its Amish minimalism is another kind of quilt on my list (if that is a kind of quilt), but I was really trying to keep this list to 5 so will leave it at that!
What are you all thinking for the challenge? What have you been itching to try? Do any of you have experience with these techniques? Tips, horror stories, wisdom to share?
I'm trying to get an early start because I'm challenging myself to actually make one of our MMQG deadlines, which is challenge enough for me!