Thursday, June 7, 2012

Seeing Stars

July is my month for two bees I participate in.  I've started working on getting things ready.  I'm really excited about this round.  I'm asking both groups to make the same type of blocks for me.  I think it will be a very fun quilt and something quite different from what I've made before.

I've fallen in love with the grey and yellow color scheme.  It matches nothing in my house, but it's just so pretty together.  This photo was my inspiration for my quilt colors.

Source: Photo Card Boutique

I'm requesting that the bee members make a 12" paper pieced star block.  They are free to choose any block.  I've made two blocks so far for this quilt. For the background fabric having bee members use Pure Elements in Light Grey, Kona Snow, or a grey near solid fabric. Most of the stars will have a grey background, but I wanted to mix in some white as well. 




My blocks came from the book 50 Fabulous Paper-Pieced Stars.  The patterns come together easily.  One thing I do dislike is the fact that there is no 1/4" seam allowance on the pattern pieces.  Most of the paper-piecing patterns I've used in the past have a dotted line around the pattern to mark the seam allowance.  It is easier for me to visualize the actual size of the pattern with that dotted line there.  Also, some of the pieces on her cut lists are just a bit too small for me.  Several of the pieces are quite precise, and I had to redo a couple because I didn't get them exactly right.  I would rather use an extra 1/4" of fabric and have a little wiggle room.  I added a little extra to the cuts when I did the second block, and it was much easier for me.

 She also recommends sewing the entire block together before removing the paper and even recommends waiting to remove the paper until all blocks are joined.  I've always removed the paper first, but this actually worked really well.  I'm dreading ripping out all those tiny papers, but my blocks came out quite nicely because of it.

Here are my stacks of fabric to divide and mail.  I'll only be sending fabric to the members of the Sew Beautiful Bee.  The members of my Stash Trad Bee work from their stash on blocks.   I am also thinking of doing just one blue star to mix things up a bit. 
I can't wait to see what these ladies come up with.

29 comments:

  1. I love your choice of colors. I am in a couple of block swaps and am using the same combo for my blocks :) Looking forward to seeing how yours turns out

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  2. You've choosen great colors and I just adore the star blocks. Maybe that book should be on my list ;) I'm looking forward for your quilt, it will be a real beauty!

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  3. Grey and yellow is a great combination! And I love the 2nd block down from the top. SO pretty!

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  4. I have to say, I'm a little nervous about this. Your stars are gorgeous, and while I've done paper piecing before, I've stressed out each time! But, I'm definitely up for the challenge. Your finished quilt will look amazing!

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  5. Kati, your stars came out gorgeous! When I did paper piecing I used the same method and left the paper in until I assembled the top. There's nothing more precise than a paper pieced block :)) Good luck with your bee quilt, looking forward to see the finished product! And thank you for recommending the book, I'll look into it!

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  6. I love your fabric choices ! Wish I had that many yellows in my stash !

    It's going to be gorgeous :)

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  7. This will be a beauty for sure Kati! Loooove those colors :-)

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  8. Ive been lovnig those colors too lately, what's not to love right? Your stars are amazing! Whatever she's recommending seems right because they look perfect!! Can't wait to see what everyone creates! Enjoy!

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  9. This is going to be stunning!! Love those color choices and your 2 stars look amazing!

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  10. I love that blue tossed in! And what amazing stacks of grey and yellow - those are the two things that I have the hardest time finiding!!

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  11. Very exciting! I can't wait to see what they come up with :o)

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  12. Beautiful stars! I have a question...I've noticed here and there that some quilters are using Kona PDF in their quilts, and I am wondering what the reasoning is. (I don't want to be left out!) PDF means "prepared for dyeing" and this fabric doesn't have a finish on it like all the other fabrics do, so that it will accept the dye.

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  13. I love the color scheme! And the paper pieced stars are beautiful. I have only recently attempted to paper piece and like the results, but found it a little difficult. I know with practice it will be easier.

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  14. Wow! The blocks are beautiful, and I love the colors. This book is on my wish list, but I totally understand what you mean about wanting the 1/4 seam line. I'd prefer to have it, too!

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  15. Oh you will get a stunning quilt out of those!

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  16. WOW! Those stars are amazing!! Love the colors too!

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  17. oh fun! Thanks for the sneak peak for July. I'll have to start looking for a pattern then right? There are so many yummy star patterns out there!

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  18. I'm in love with the yellow and gray right now as well. I'm currently hosting a Road Trip Quilt Along with 16 state blocks, and I'm using yellows and grays for my tutorials.

    I love your stars. I see a star quilt at some point in my future.

    Just a thought: you could also consider purple for your mix it up star.

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  19. So pretty! I love the idea of the blue star.

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  20. Those stars are fabulous! I just placed the book on hold at the library, I can't wait to see what else is in it.

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  21. This is definitely right up my alley! Can't wait to make your block! : )

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  22. Just loving these, the quilt is going to look fab!

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  23. Oh I'm gonna have fun with this one. Thanks, Kati!

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  24. I'm new to the quilting blog world and would love to find out how to get in a bee. Could you help me?
    Thanks!

    P.S.Your blocks are amazing!

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  25. I like the colour scheme, too.

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  26. Hi!
    I've learned not to be afraid of yellow! I love yellow stars with dark backgrounds, like the night sky.
    I actually like Carol Doak's blocks. I have Quilt-Pro design software, and they have the program add-ons for Carol Doak's books ('Carol Doak Designer Edition", "50 Fabulous Stars" and "40 Bright and Bold", so you can print the foundations in any size you want.
    As far as cutting patches, don't! I was teaching myself to paperpiece from tutorials on the internet and got frustrated with that. I just couldn't wrap my head around it and get the pieces in the right directions--seam ripper overload! I searched Amazon for books, and I found Peggy Martin's book "Quick-Strip Paper Piecing", and paper-piecing made sense! I fell in love with paper-piecing! No more cutting patches, just strips, and it's so quick and headache-free, almost assembly-line easy! (She shows you how to measure the seamlines for how wide to cut your strips). Peggy Martin also has her class on Craftsy.com, and I recommend it!

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  27. I love the star and the colour/fabric choices! Beautiful! Like in an earlier post in this thread, I tried blogging a while ago...FAIL...getting back into it and have been enjoying so many quilt blogs. I see a lot about bees and challenges but I have no idea HOW to get involved. If you would maybe do a little blog blurb about it that would be wonderful.

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