Traveling Quilt Start

7 02 2015

I did end up joining one swap this year, but ONLY one. One item that remained on my quilting bucket list was to participate in a round-robin type swap, where each bee mate adds to an existing quilt center.

My opportunity to arose after I’d stalked a Flickr group long enough – an advertisement was posted for a round robin swap, though it was hosted on Threadbias. I joined, and waited. The swap organizer was still looking for participants. It took a while, long enough that I actually forgot that I’d signed up.

Just before the end of the year, it was announced that we had enough members and our starter blocks should go out at the end of January. Unfortunately, due to my surgery, I couldn’t sew until after I’d healed. Right after that, I started working at my new old job (I took over managing the mall location that I’d been working part-time in).

So, I fell a little behind, just not being able to make sewing time. Once I figured out what I wanted to sew, I had to let the tutorials I’d read percolate – the instructions made sense, yet not. Finally, I buckled down and sewed.

After some strips and cutting I ended up with:

Lone Star - Fractured

Yes, I decided on a Lone Star start. Actually, I ended up making enough strip sets to do two of these stars. Right now, only one of these is sewn up, so I can send it out. I used a number of tone-on-tone prints and some of my more ‘modern’ prints, to try and capture the essence of what I personally find appealing.

Lone Star - Complete

Scrappy. Saturated colors. Grey/blacks for neutrals. A mix of low volume prints for the background, so no one has to worry too much about matching.

It’s not perfect – my angles didn’t come out quite right, so there’s a slight wonk to the star. Rather than freaking myself out about it, I’m calling the wonk part of the block’s charm. After all, it lays flat, and I’ve got good seams throughout the piece.

This will soon be winging its way to Tennessee, for its first trip for the year. It will return to me in a year, something for which I’m excited.

In the meantime, I will sew up the second star, and begin making a sister top to the one traveling across the United States.