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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Scrap Bag Block and Another Lone Star Pattern

This is the fourth block in the Treasure Chest Quilt from Quilt in a Day's facebook page. 
My four blocks so far. 

I missed the Lone Star sew along that Sue of Quilt Times  http://quilttimes.blogspot.com/  held this past Saturday.  I guess I'm not ready yet, but I do have my fabric chosen and plan to begin cutting this week.  I was going through my quilt magazines looking for a pattern when I came across this ad:
So I visited the Janome USA site, found the pattern and printed it out. 
I'm not rushing this project, even though it was a spur of the moment decision to do it.    It's an advanced quilt project that has numerous challenges, such as offsetting the strips accurately, then cutting them in a 45 degree angle accurately, and sewing in the set in triangles.  I've read that one of the biggest challenges is to not have a puff in the middle of the star after the points are sewn together; in other words having it all come together and be flat.  And I am visiting the sites that Sue's quilter friends are mentioning, because every bit of knowledge helps. 
I did think about ordering Eleanor Burns's book on the Radiant Star, but a revised edition is coming out this month so I held back.  The Janome directions seem to be good, and I do like the applique on this design.

God Bless.  


3 comments:

Stray Stitches (Linda G) said...

Your blocks are gorgeous. Love the colors you are using! I look forward to seeing your progress on your star. I'm sure you will do a fantastic job.

QuiltSue said...

I bet your star will be gorgeous. I'm looking forward to seeing the fabrics you are going to use.

Hazel said...

Love the Treasure Chest blocks, Joanna - each one is a mini quilt in itself! They look fiddly to do - how big is each block?

The Lone Star QAL challenge is too much for me as yet - but I'm following the progress of all who are taking part with interest (and admiration!).