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Wonky Stars

Monday, February 27th, 2012

I’m going to be taking part in a new bee that’s starting up very soon, but as it’s all very hush-hush at the moment, I can’t really tell you much about it. Part of what I’ll be doing is making wonky stars – something I’ve never done before – despite being the patchwork star queen. Wonky is a new adventure for me.

There’s a very nice tutorial here that got me going in the right direction.

I started out using some left over Amelia and a bit of white muslin that was lying around.

Lesson learned: muslin isn’t a good idea. It doesn’t have a tight enough weave and it moves and stretches, so although this looks OK from a distance I wasn’t all that happy with it.

I then moved on to using divine ash Kona cotton as a background, together with some bright patterns that I picked up in Canada a couple of years ago. Aaaah, much better! As you can see I’m diddling around and trying out different sizes. This is heading towards being a table runner, which is something I’ve wanted to make for ages.

Normally I have a really hard time cutting into lovely new lengths of fabric unless I’m embarking on a big project. It takes a lot for me to make a first cut, it really does. I’m always plagued by thoughts of ‘what if I waste this and then I haven’t got enough when I really, really need it’, which just ends up in an absolute block and my scissors won’t go there at all.

Today the sun was shining again and I felt a tiny bit radical – it must have been all that wonkiness getting to me, because I really did cast cares to the wind and dive right in.

And it felt really good!

Helen

7 Responses to “Wonky Stars”

  1. Dianne Neale Says:

    A hah! A bit of practicing – me too! I don’t mind cutting into fabric for a big project, or a whole strip, but I don’t like just using a bit! Like you say, you may need that later on!

  2. diane stanley Says:

    The wonky star, gotta love it. This will be fun and yours are looking very, very nice.

  3. Katy Says:

    Oh I love a bit of wonk! So freeing šŸ™‚

  4. Flying Blind Says:

    Oh you are braver than me – I have the recurring nightmare of being a 3″ square short for making something because I chopped a little off!

  5. Annabella Says:

    Love wonky stars – such fun to make and I made today in fact!

  6. Stephanie Says:

    Those wonky stars are cool. Lovely colour combos in your quilt as usual!

  7. Shelley Says:

    Wow! Those wonky stars look so cool! and fun! It does indeed look freeing. Good luck with the project; I can’t wait to see how it turns out!