Shimmering Winter Stars Quilted Wall Hanging

Shimmering Winter Stars Quilted Wall Hanging

I’ve just finished my “Shimmering Winter Star” wall hanging.

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From a distance, doesn’t it look as if the pieced triangles are twinkling or shimmering?

I started the design on my Electric Quilt 7 software with some ideas I’ve seen on Pinterest and the internet.  The triangles intersect the colors so they co-mingle and create a secondary design.  I especially love the work of Jenny Bowker “Shimmering Triangles”.  If you’re interested, she has a pattern for purchase online through Craftsy here.

Here’s a photo of the squares of batik Christmas fabric up on my design wall that I cut out of a layer cake to create the color scheme.  You can see the EQ7 sketch in the lower right hand corner.  (Sorry—my design wall isn’t yellow, but a light cream–I can’t seem to correct the color cast.)

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After organizing the color scheme, I got to work making the half square triangles.  It’s so easy–simply match up two contrasting squares …

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Put them right sides together, and

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(using a ruler and a disappearing ink pen) mark lines corner to corner, then across left to right and north to south.

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And sew  1/4 inch on either side of each line…

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Use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut them apart on the drawn lines…

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…open and press… and you have 8 half-square triangles!  Ta-da!

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If you line the 45 degree line on your ruler up with the seam line (corner to corner) on the half square triangle, it’s easy to trim each one down to size.

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After making dozens and dozens of them, I put them up on the design wall (to double check the placement) and then pieced them together into the blocks I needed.

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Here you can see how they’re coming together on the design wall…not yet pieced together.  (Sorry it’s a bit blurry)

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And here it is—all finished with a green batik border, quilted with a meandering star pattern, and ready to go!  I was so pleased to get it in my shop before December!!  Yippee.

Unfortunately, I have another project that won’t get done in time.  Oh well, there’s always next Christmas right?

Until next time,

HAPPY QUILTING!

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts

Crazy Christmas Tree Quilt & Folded Fabric Ornaments–Distractions

Crazy Christmas Tree Quilt & Folded Fabric Ornaments–Distractions

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Quick update…  I’m making progress on my “crazy Christmas tree” quilt (see last post)…the green background pile done, beige background pile done…red background pile yet to do!

But…I’ve gotten distracted.  Does that ever happen to you?

I fell in love with fabric folded ornaments, and just had to make some using my Moda Winterlude fabrics…

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I’m hooked and can’t seem to stop making them!  I keep thinking up new ideas to try out…

…like what would it look like if I EMBROIDERED the center?

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…or how about WEAVING the ribbons in the center?

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Learning to make the cute little bows on the top is fun too.

I’ll keep working on the quilt, it will get done (maybe even before Christmas–that would be nice!)…but now piecing the blocks will have take turns with making ornaments!!

Do you ever get distracted with something new in the middle of a project?  Or can you focus and finish a quilt from beginning to end?

HAPPY QUILTING!

Jane

Mulberry Patch Quilts