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Spinning Card Trick Star (batik haters close your eyes)

Saturday, November 1st, 2014


My trip To Morzine at the beginning of the month really got me back on track – in lots of ways – sewing, sorting out some health issues, putting my head back in the right place…in short, I think my priorities have been shaken out and are much more where they should be again. Life is good. There are never enough hours in the day, but those that there are are good hours and I’m on the right path again.

Last weekend I finished up the Spinning Card Trick Star runner that I started in France. Not a big project – infact much smaller than I usually make – but it was fun to get it done and put to use. This was a tricky project in some ways. Elita started us off making the stars with Y seams to insert the hexagons. Either I’m just rubbish at them or there was too little flexibility in the batiks I was using to turn the corner on those little horrors and I couldn’t get them to work and sit properly. I rebelled and changed the construction method so that I could avoid the Y seams altogether and made strips that I could then sew together in straight lines (Sorry Elita).



I’m very happy with the end effect (and that it’s FINISHED!)

Next I’m tackling the other 4 unfinished quilts that have been sitting by my desk since forever. I put a border on my first Stitch Tease top yesterday and hope to get that basted today if the gods are with me (and the family leave me alone to get on with it). Maybe by tomorrow I’ll have something to show.

Aaaaah. Feels good….


9 Responses to “Spinning Card Trick Star (batik haters close your eyes)”

  1. Helen Says:

    Y seams ? Why make it harder for yourself ? Straight seams here every time !

  2. Helen @ Till We Quilt Again Says:

    Are there batik haters? I am shocked! Love your runner, love the change to knock out the y seams and LOVE YOUR BATIKS! Haters be gone!

  3. mrsgoodneedle Says:

    Your table runner is fabulous! I know Elita… she’s a friend of mine from when my husband, son and I lived in Geneva fifteen+ years ago. How I would love to attend one of her retreats; the instruction and the scenery are compelling factors. So glad that you’re doing well; life IS good!!!

  4. Vreni Says:

    Beautiful. I’m not a fan of Y-seams either.

  5. CarlaHR Says:

    Your runner is lovely, great how you found a way around those y seams. Hope the gods are with you today.

  6. Diane stanley Says:

    I’ve never met a Y seam that I like. Batiks have their place and this looks really perfect

  7. Julie Says:

    I LOVE how the stars are pieced and quilted! So beautiful, Helen. xoxo

  8. Thimbleanna Says:

    Very pretty! That’s definitely a straight seam pattern – y seams are no fun!!!

  9. Katy Says:

    Lol, I’d have rebelled against the Y seams too 😀