October 19, 2018

Reading Cushions

For Christmas last year, one of the moms I babysit for gave me two fat quarter bundles of adorable flannel fabrics. One was helicopter and airplane themed, the other dinosaurs and cats. There were a  couple of coordinating prints as well.
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I don't often use flannel, so I stuck them on a shelf until a couple of weeks ago, when I finally came up with the perfect way to use them - cushions for when the littles and I are sitting on the floor reading 😊
reading cushions | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
reading cushions | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I cut out 16" squares and paired the fabrics together, then stitched around, leaving an opening for stuffing. I considered just making cushion covers, but I didn't have inserts and making separate inserts felt like too much work, lol. I'm thinking I'll just throw the cushions in the washer as needed and hope for the best.

I had some old scraps of fluffy polyester batting that I used for the stuffing, after pulling the pieces apart so the cushions wouldn't be too lumpy.
batting | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Silas was my helper for stuffing the first one. He loved pulling the pieces apart to make them extra fluffy 😊
All the pictures of the kids I babysit are shared here with permission from their mothers.
We didn't stuff them all the way full because I didn't want them too high when the littles are trying to sit on them. And as a side note, it sure does take a lot of stuffing to stuff something! It always seems to take so much more than I think it will.

I had to break my self-imposed hand stitching ban to ladder stitch the cushions closed, but sometimes you just want to get something finished. I love how ladder stitch is like magic - it's stitched, but you can't see it at all.
ladder stitching cushions | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
And the cushions are a big hit!
Gregory, here, kept laying down on the cushions, which was adorable, but every single time I crouched down with my phone to take his picture he sat straight up again. You'll just have to take my word for it that it was pretty cute 😊

It feels good to make something I've been wanting for a while and to use pretty fabric that isn't what I usually use. It's a win-win!

October 16, 2018

Hand Stitching Along

I've been enjoying a lot of hand stitching lately and now my Hexie Rainbow quilt has a round of black outside the yellow.
Rainbow hexie quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Here it is again with a spool of Aurifil thread for scale 😊 It measures 31.5" wide x 35" high at this stage and will eventually be 60" x 70". Lots more hexies to go, lol!
Rainbow hexie quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I love that you can start to get an idea of the rainbow developing now that there are three colours finished.
Rainbow hexie quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Rainbow hexie quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Rainbow hexie quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I've started joining green hexies together to create the sides for the first round of green. It's so fun to revisit fabrics from so many different projects and from a couple of different swaps and winnings. The three strips on the left are as long as they need to be and the numbers clipped to the top are so I know which order to sew them onto the quilt top.
Rainbow hexie quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I've also been working on stitching my EPP stars to their backgrounds. I now have 15 finished! I really like the addition of the blue backgrounds and I plan to incorporate some medium value fabrics in other colours too.
Appliqued EPP stars | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Appliqued EPP stars | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Appliqued EPP stars | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

I love how the finished squares look when stacked up. The extra layers in the middle sure make a difference!
Appliqued EPP stars | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Unfortunately, I've been doing so much hand stitching that I've aggravated my right wrist 😢 I've been sleeping with my brace on the last few nights, which helps, but I still have to take a break from the EPP and ladder stitch for a while to allow it to get all the way better.

I'll still be basting hexies for the 100 hexies 100 days challenge, though. We're now on day 72 and this is what my case of hexies looks like.
basted epp hexies | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I've had to move the black ones to their own bag and I'm still having trouble fitting the green, blue and purple in the container, which is why the most recent blue ones are just laying on top. This challenge has been a big help in getting the hexies basted for my hexie rainbow.

What have you been working on lately?

October 15, 2018

Backwards and Forwards - Part 2

Devotion for the Week...

Last week I shared the story of Silas, who is always looking backwards while walking forwards and often falls because of it. When I said to him, "You need to turn around and watch where you're going or you're going to fall again!" I immediately realized there was a devotion there, which actually became two devotions. Last week we looked at the danger of looking backwards and this week, for part 2, we're going to look at the necessity of looking forwards.

Our sidewalks and roads are chock full of pot holes and missing sections of pavement. There are a couple of sidewalks I don't use at all because they're in such a sorry state that I can't push a stroller along them. Picture yourself trying to walk along those uneven sidewalks while simultaneously looking backwards and you'll understand why Silas so often falls. His feet get caught up in the holes, dips and chunks of uneven pavement. As I so often have to remind him, he needs to be looking where he's going so he can see those obstacles and prevent the falls.

When I started thinking about my frequent reminders to Silas as a possible devotion, the second verse that came to mind was 1 Corinthians 10:12, where Paul warns believers, "If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall." This verse follows a section in which Paul recounted the sins of the Israelites and the punishments they had to endure for their sinfulness.

We have a tendency to look at other people's sins and think, "How could they do that? I'd never be so stupid." And maybe that's true, in regards to the particular sin they committed. Maybe we aren't tempted to have an affair or to steal from the company, which is all well and good, but that doesn't mean we are immune to sin. Though the same sin may not tempt us, we can be guaranteed that there are other sins we do find tempting.

"If you think you are standing strong, be careful not to fall" may sound silly, but Paul is really telling us to turn around and watch where we're going. Where are the things we're doing today leading us? Looking ahead along the path we're traveling may reveal potholes and uneven pavement that could trip us up.

We might think we're okay today, standing strong as Paul said, because we aren't doing anything wrong. But are there habits or relationships beginning to form that could lead us into sin in the future if we're not careful?

Are we starting to spend time with people who are negative, complaining all the time and who rarely have a nice word to say about anyone? Look ahead. Where will those friendships lead? Will we become negative complainers who judge everyone around us?

Are we spending less and less time with the people who are most important to us, choosing instead to spend time on social media or on our hobbies? Where will that lead? Will those important relationships suffer because of how we're spending our time today?
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We need to be aware of where we're going so we can see those obstacles ahead and adjust our direction to avoid them. If we're spending all of our time looking back, we'll never see the potential dangers of where we're going. If we spend all our time looking at the sins of others, we'll never have the chance to make corrections to our own path and we'll find ourselves shocked when we are the ones who fall.

Carefully watching where we're going will help to keep us standing strong in the future, too.

October 11, 2018

Reach for the Stars Pattern Release

This pattern has been in my WIP pile for 4 months, so it feels good to finally be able to release Reach for the Stars. There are two size options included in the pattern - the 63" x 72" throw quilt shown and a 45" x 45" baby quilt.
Reach for the Stars quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Star blocks are so much fun to make, don't you think? With this pattern you can stitch up a galaxy quickly, then surround them with negative space for a fun, modern quilt.

Though the pattern calls for fat quarters, it would also be a great way to use up some favourite scraps. We all know scraps breed when we're not looking, so it's important to find ways to use them up 😊
Reach for the Stars quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
This version of Reach for the Stars is made with Island Batik Elementz fabrics on a Buttermilk background, which I absolutely love. I think it would look great with a dark background and low volume scraps, too, though, which might be the next way I make it. I wonder when I'll need a baby quilt next? I also think a rainbow version would be fun. Which way would you make it first?

To celebrate the release, Reach for the Stars is available for 25% off the regular price through Thursday, October 18th. You can get your copy through either my Payhip or Etsy shops.

I can't wait to see other versions of Reach for the Stars! If you make one, I'd love to see it, so tag me on IG (@devotedquilter) or FB (@devotedquilterdesigns). It always makes my day when I see what another quilter has made from one of my patterns 😊

Click to get Reach for the Stars on Payhip

or Etsy.

October 09, 2018

Churn Pattern Updated

Along with updating my Love Birds pattern, I have also updated my Churn pattern in preparation for finally having my patterns printed.

Churn was originally published in the 2018 Quilter's Planner and I have updated the pattern to include a 42" square baby quilt size with the original 60" x 70" throw size.
Churn quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Thanks go again to Yvonne, of Quilting Jetgirl, for her tech editing skills, which have greatly improved all of the patterns I have sent to her so far 😊

I have updated the PDF pattern file which is available through my Payhip and Etsy shops, so click through to either shop to get your copy of the PDF pattern.

If you'd like to see the printed Churn pattern in your LQS, I'd love to have the shop's contact information so I can contact them once I have the printed patterns in hand.

Get your PDF Churn pattern through Payhip or Etsy

October 08, 2018

Backwards and Forwards - Part 1

Devotion for the Week...

One of the boys I babysit is 3 years old and really enjoys our walks each day. Unfortunately, he also falls more than any child I have ever looked after, mostly because he is constantly turning around to look behind him while still walking (or running) forwards. I have lost count of the times I have said, "Silas, you have to turn around and watch where you're going," or ""Silas, turn around!" His mother tells me she is constantly saying it, too, but it doesn't seem to have sunk in yet.

One morning early last week, after he had already fallen twice on this particular walk, he was again looking backwards while walking forwards and I said for the umpteenth time, "You need to turn around and watch where you're going or you're going to fall again!" Immediately I thought, "There's a devotion right there."

As I kept thinking about it, though, I realized there's not just one devotion in that sentence, but two. This week we'll look at the danger of looking backwards and next week, for part 2, we'll look at the necessity of looking forwards.

Paul wrote to the Philippians, "I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us" (Philippians 3:13,14).

In the verses leading up to this, Paul had detailed all of the things that made him seem like a righteous Jew - his circumcision, his lineage, his dedication to the Law and even his persecution of the church. Sometimes we, like Paul, look back at our lives and see the good things we've done and maybe we believe that we are more worthy because of those things.

But then Paul said, "I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless because of what Christ has done" (v. 7). All of those things in his past were worthless compared to the salvation Christ offers because they could never have given him eternal life. And the good things in our past are worthless for the same reason. "God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it" (Ephesians 2:8,9).

In Philippians, Paul was saying we have to stop looking back at the good things we've done and tallying them up as if they can do us some good. They can't. It's only faith in Jesus that gives salvation, so turn around and focus on following Him.

Of course, some people don't have a past of righteousness to look back on as Paul did. They have a past littered with sin and they look back at it with shame. Their problem isn't that they're looking back at the past and thinking it does them good; they look back on their past and feel like it's dragging them down and pulling them away from God. Truth be told, no matter who we are, we all have moments like that, don't we?

But what a beautiful thing is written in Romans, "So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1)! No condemnation! None! It doesn't matter what is in our past, if we believe in Jesus as our Savior then God holds no condemnation for us for any of it. Isn't that amazing?

Those old sins hold no power over us anymore. "And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death" (Romans 8:2). We can stop looking back and feeling like those things are keeping us from God. They're not. Through faith in Jesus we are free to turn around and follow Him, leaving all of those things behind us.
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Whether we've been looking back at our past with pride or with shame, God is telling us to turn around. Leave the past behind and move forward with Him, pressing on, as Paul said, towards the end of the race.

October 01, 2018

Just the Facts

Devotion for the Week...

I read one morning last week about a fellow quilter who lost her grown step daughter suddenly a few weeks ago. I can't even imagine that pain. That family stayed in my mind all day as I grappled with the enormity of losing a child.

Somewhere along the way, it made me think of my grandparents, who lost their firstborn in infancy. I can just barely remember when I learned that the 13 siblings in Dad's family actually had another brother who had died as a baby, but I can't say I've ever thought about him much. I certainly never thought before that day last week about how it must have been for the young Eileen and Michael to lose their son, probably because I never heard anything about what it was like for them. By the time I learned about the child who died, both of my grandparents were gone as well.

I know I've said this before, but one of the things I find hardest about reading the Bible is that it gives us all the facts, but very few of the details. It is so easy to skim over really hard, painful stuff without taking in how hard and painful it was because there are no details to help us make that connection.

Just look at the moment when Pilate "ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified" (Matthew 27:26). That comma between ordering that Jesus be whipped and giving Him to the soldiers to be crucified, that comma is all that represents the actual whipping. If that were written in a modern-day novel, that one comma would be rendered as a full paragraph or more. Readers would be given details about the man who did the whipping, the sound of the whip through the air, the sound of it hitting Jesus' back, the sounds Jesus made as lash after lash landed.

It's not easy to think about, is it? And so, often, we don't. We read the facts as they are written in the Bible, but we don't slow down enough to consider the details that would have gone along with those facts. Along the way, we lose the emotional connection we could have with the facts.

It's not only the hard, painful things that we miss because of the lack of details. Think about the moment when the thief crucified next to Jesus said to Him, "'Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom.'  And Jesus replied, 'I assure you, today you will be with me in paradise'" (Luke 23:42, 43).

What did Jesus' face look like in that moment, when He looked at this man who believed and so would spend eternity in heaven because of the agony Jesus was feeling at that exact moment? I picture a smile through the pain as He saw a glimpse of just how worth it that agony would prove to be. Did He close His eyes for a moment as a feeling of victory washed over Him? Did He choke up a little as He spoke, overwhelmed with love for this sinner who had come home?
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Everything Jesus would have felt in that moment, for that thief, is what He also feels for every other sinner who believes in Him. It's what He feels for you and for me. Without the details, though, it's all too easy to read the story without ever thinking about what Jesus was feeling.

Obviously, the Bible couldn't possibly contain all the details a novel would include. If it did, the Bible would be large enough to fill a room! But there's no reason we can't slow down and imagine those details and so allow ourselves to feel that emotional connection with the facts we read.

My challenge for you this week is just that - when you read the Bible this week, read slowly. Imagine the details that aren't written and allow those details to connect you more deeply with the facts.

September 29, 2018

Friendship Galaxy Skinny Mini - September Island Batik Challenge

Note, the fabrics for this project were given to me by Island Batik as part of their ambassador program.

It's time to share my September Island Batik challenge project and it's definitely a favourite of mine 😊 It all started with the challenge theme - "Star Struck." Oh, there are so many possibilities with that theme, aren't there? I've always loved star blocks of all sorts, so coming up with a quilt to make that included stars would not be difficult.

I decided to make the skinny mini size from my Friendship Galaxy pattern. Of all my patterns, this is the one I've used most. I've made two of the baby quilt size (here and here) and another of the skinny mini quilts. Here's my Island Batik version.
Friendship Galaxy mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

Friendship Galaxy mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I enjoyed taking this mini quilt for a walk on the trail this afternoon and seeing the beautiful fall colours that are just starting to appear.
Friendship Galaxy mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
This time around I chose to use only one fabric for the background, a beautiful mottled cream. For the stars, I used a deep marbled teal for the smallest friendship stars and a leafy print for the larger stars.

The shapes in the leafy print inspired this leafy quilting design, done in Aurifil 2311. It was very meditative filling all the negative space with different sized leaves, facing all directions.
Friendship Galaxy mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Usually when I'm quilting the negative space with one design, I try to fill tiny areas of negative space with the same design, but sometimes it's hard to make it work on such a small scale. So, in the spaces around the small stars, I decided to just echo around the stars, which filled the space nicely and was much simpler to quilt, too. Win, win!
Friendship Galaxy mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
The small stars got some quick elongated swirls, which I love. Aurifil 5006 is a fair bit lighter than the teal batik, but it was the best match I had on hand. Plus, I like the contrast.

The larger stars got this quick point-to-point design, which is one of my go-to designs for triangles (and sometimes squares).
Friendship Galaxy mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

Friendship Galaxy mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Once all of that quilting was done, I realized I didn't have enough thread left for the alternating back and forth lines I had been planning in the border rectangles. Turns out, I did those back and forth lines on the first skinny mini quilt, too. I decided to try some organic wavy lines instead, letting them cross willy-nilly.
Friendship Galaxy mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I quilted three wavy, criss-crossing, lines and then put on the binding, but it didn't look like quite enough quilting in the border, so I went back and added one more wavy line. I didn't have enough of the 5006 to wind another bobbin, though, so I used 2311 in the bobbin for the last line.

Truth be told, I'm not 100% happy with the wavy lines. They're more messy looking than I really wanted them to be, which I guess comes from their organic nature. Maybe if there were more of them, in a larger space, I'd be happier with them, so I'll have to give them another try sometime where I have room for more lines.

As always, I love how the quilting looks on the back, where I used another pretty cream batik.
Friendship Galaxy mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Friendship Galaxy mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Playing with these Island Batik fabrics and challenges each month is a lot of fun! I have my October quilt top finished, so now I just need to decide how I'm going to quilt it. I'm already planning things for November and December, too, though I haven't fully settled on those projects yet. The planning is all part of the fun 😊
Friendship Galaxy mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
If you want to make your own skinny mini Friendship Galaxy quilt (or one of the other three sizes), you can get your copy of the pattern in my Payhip or Etsy shops.
Friendship Galaxy mini quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

September 24, 2018

Prep Work

Devotion for the Week...

Whenever I start a new quilt I'm anxious to get to the part where I'm sewing the blocks together, but there's a certain amount of prep work that needs to be done first. I prewash my fabrics, so that's the first step, followed by ironing all of those freshly washed fabrics and then I can start cutting. Taking those larger pieces and cutting them into the necessary units is an fun step, too, but it's nothing compared to the magic of assembling the first block.

Of course, if the quilt I'm starting is one of my own designs, then the prep work starts even sooner, when I finalize the block sizes and the finished quilt size. I also have to figure out what pieces need to be cut and make sure that I have all of the measurements right, making notes as I go. That usually means making one test block before cutting everything out for the whole quilt, just to be sure I didn't make a mistake somewhere along the line.

Lots of projects involve prep work. Painting a room requires taping around the mouldings, etc. Cooking a meal involves making sure we have all the ingredients and cutting them up as needed. Sometimes we get impatient with the prep work that needs to be done before we can tackle the thing we want to be doing, but the end results are always better if we do the work that needs to be done first.

Sometimes we get impatient with God, too, but you can be sure there is prep work involved in His projects on this earth. I'll never forget the time I heard Chuck Swindoll, of Insight for Living, giving a message about the birth of Jesus and he said something like, "God made it so the emperor of Rome was having financial difficulties and ordered a census so he could properly tax his people, which meant Mary and Joseph had to go to Bethlehem." I had never thought before about why Augustus needed to take the census mentioned in Luke 2, or even that God had a hand in making the census happen. God was working there, getting everything in place for Jesus to be born in the way that would fulfill all of the prophecies about Him.

And look at Priscilla and Aquila, a couple of believers Paul met in Corinth, who hosted him in their home. The couple "had left Italy when Claudius Caesar deported all Jews from Rome" (Acts 18:2). Priscilla and Aquila opened their home for church meetings (1 Corinthians 16:19) and who knows how many people they taught about Jesus, all because the emperor forced them to leave their home and move elsewhere. How many others also left Rome and taught about Jesus in their new homes? How much slower would the gospel have spread around the region if those believers had all stayed in Rome rather than spreading out? It's another example of God using the emperor of Rome to make things ready for His work.

Peter wrote, "I want to remind you that in the last days scoffers will come, mocking the truth and following their own desires. They will say, 'What happened to the promise that Jesus is coming again? From before the times of our ancestors, everything has remained the same since the world was first created.'"(2 Peter 3:3,4). But Peter also said, "The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent" (v. 9). We can't know what prep work He is doing to get ready for when Jesus will come back, but we can be sure He hasn't forgotten about His promise. We can be sure that the day will come and that when Jesus does return, everything will be exactly as it needs to be for God's plan.
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Are there things you're waiting on God for? Prayers you've been praying for what feels like forever and there's no answer yet? Maybe there's some prep work that needs to be done first and the answer will only come after that work is done. We may not recognize His prep work for what it is while we're waiting. It's only when we can look back that we see what God has done to make things ready, both in our situations and in us, for what He wants to do for us and through us.

But whether we see it or not, we can rest assured that God is always working, doing everything that needs to be done to put His perfect plans into motion.

September 21, 2018

Love Birds pattern updated

I'm working on getting my patterns printed so they can be stocked by quilt shops, which has been such a big learning curve for me. Of course, when I don't know how to do something, I tend to procrastinate on it for ages, so I've been wanting to do this for a loooong time, but I'm finally getting it done. We'll just focus on that, okay?
Love Birds quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Love Birds is the first pattern I'll be having printed and to get it ready I expanded the pattern to add baby (48" x 48") and throw size (60" x 72") instructions. Options are wonderful, right?

Then Yvonne, of Quilting Jetgirl, worked her technical editing magic on the pattern, making it better than it was before. If your patterns need tech editing, I definitely recommend working with Yvonne 😊

Love Birds quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I've also updated the PDF pattern file available in my Payhip and Etsy shops, so if you want the PDF pattern, click on one of the shops to get yours today.

If you'd like to see my printed patterns in your LQS, I'd love to have the shop's contact info so I can reach out to them once I have those patterns in hand.  I've been getting quotes from printers the last few days, so I'll soon be ready to place that first order.

Have you tackled anything new lately? Or have you been procrastinating on trying something? Please tell me I'm not alone in doing that, lol!

September 18, 2018

Appliqued Stars

I've started appliquing my EPP stars to their backgrounds, now that I've figured out how to make them into something I will enjoy making, and I'm loving the process!

So far I have 6 stars finished.
Appliqued EPP stars | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
When I last posted about these stars, I wasn't sure what I would use for the backgrounds and I speculated that maybe I'd use solids. As you can see, that's not what I decided on.  These low volume backgrounds make me think of a vintage scrappy quilt and every one of them makes me smile.
Appliqued EPP stars | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I'll probably mix in some darker backgrounds, especially for some of the white, cream and light yellow stars, though I also like the idea of having lower contrast between the stars and the backgrounds in some of the blocks. I feel like that makes people look a little closer to see those stars.
Appliqued EPP stars | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I'm using threads that match the stars and stitching them on with ladder stitch, which is pretty much invisible.
Appliqued EPP stars | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com

Appliqued EPP stars | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
This definitely won't be a driving project. Our roads are much too pot-holed and bumpy for the precision that ladder stitch requires. It is great for working on while I sit and watch baseball with Paul, though. I also took it with me when I went away with my MIL and two SIL this past weekend and finished three stars while we were sitting around chatting.
Appliqued EPP stars | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I've cut the backgrounds at 6 ½", so they'll finish at 6". That leaves me room for the curves that are part of the floor that inspired this quilt, if I do decide that I want to include them. I'm thinking right now that the sashing and the curves (bias tape?) would be the same so that the variety of fabrics won't be overwhelming. Using the same fabric for both would probably have a calming effect, unifying the craziness of all the other fabrics.
Appliqued EPP stars | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I have three more stars pinned to backgrounds and then it's time to prep some more. I really enjoying picking through my container of stars to choose which one to put on each background. I also half expect that at least once I'll stitch a star on with the papers still inside the diamonds since I've already tried to pin two in place without removing the papers. The sound of the paper rustling was the only thing that made me realize what I was forgetting 😏

So, right now, I stand at 6 stars finished and 100+ left to go, which makes me quite happy. I love a good work in slow progress, as Jasmine of Quilt Kisses calls them 😊
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