I have SO MANY PROJECTS in my head and listed on a piece of paper. Many need to be done before Christmas! And I had every intention to start on them.
But, I was sucked into Pinterest last week in an idle moment. Saw a pin that I was curious about, and I fell down the rabbit hole.
And I gotta share it with you.
First, let me tell you about this material.
Way back at the end of last year, I bought this fat quarter assortment of Cotton & Steel Bluebird fabrics plus some yardage of these rabbits, Ghost Bunny, also by Cotton & Steel.
I think I bought them at Hawthorne Threads. They don’t keep a record on line like Fabric.com does and I can’t find my receipts.
Also bought the Timeless Treasures white fabric with white stars about the same time at the local quilt shop, Tomorrow’s Treasures.
My original plan was to make a blue and black quilt and bring all of those prints together. But kept putting it off and a lot of that white fabric has been used in the Splendid Sampler and I’ve been using small pieces of the Bluebird collection here and there.
I’m not a procrastinator. When I buy fabric for a project, I make it. If I’m delaying on anything, I know there’s a good reason. Sometimes I’m not sure of why, but in this case I think I subconsciously thought those colors and prints didn’t belong together even though they are all part of the same collection. So my blue and black quilt didn’t get started.
Then I stumbled across this 5″ 7-pointed-star pattern. Paper-pieced. (all the patterns are on one page, just scroll until you find the one you want) And even better, the instructions on how to change the pattern to any size. There’s even a PDF printable to keep handy for easy reference.
So cool. I had no idea how to do this.
Since I had found no use for the Cotton & Steel fabrics, I thought I would just use it to try out this new method.
First I made a 15″ star.
It prints out on several sheets of paper which I cut up and taped together. Pretty easy.
I LOVE THIS STAR and this method. But it is kind of wasteful of paper. The 15″ star took six sheets and every time I want to make another, I’ll have to print it out the same way and then tape it together.
So I decided to make the star small enough to fit on legal paper. Then after I taped the first one together, I would just make copies of it. I tried a 12″ star.
I went to copy it. And my printer doesn’t actually copy legal size. Duh!
So then I made an 8 inch star. And that fit on two pieces of letter-sized paper.
I like the fabric together now. If I make more stars, I’ll do a better job of “fussy-cutting” the creatures. But I have no idea what I’m going to do with these stars. Another quilt? Pillow? Trash?
For now they’ll be on the design wall, brightening up my office!