Well, I've done it again. Picked a beautiful pattern. Another one that requires a road map. And just as easy to mess up as that Bargello I did last year. It is an eight point Lone Star I am adapting from the book Lone Star Quilts and Beyond by Jan Krentz.
My first challenge with this project was making the paste-up road map. I think I may have been traumatized by math at some point in my life. At times I have to read directions several times to get the point. I wanted to make the diamond template and could not get it right. First my diamond came out square. Next one came out uneven. So I redraw the whole thing. My parallel lines are 3 inches apart. Read book again. 3 inches. Check. Draw first 45 degree angle between lines. Read book. And read again. Second 45 degree angle needs to be 3 inches from first. So, with trepidation, I draw the second 45 degree angle. Measure all the sides and wonder of wonders they are all the same size. Template done.
Next, I draw one star point unit on graph paper. Each star point is a 4x4 layout. So, I have 16 blocks in each point. This will be my road map for each point. But, as you all know, this is where the mistakes can easily happen. Now, all I have to do is to pick out the colors.
The granddaughter I'm making this for is a Texas A & M alumni and of course loves maroon. I have three fabrics in my stash that might qualify as maroon so I had to go buy some fabric. (Said I was NOT going to do that!) Several hours later, I am back at home with six new fabrics for this quilt. I got one fabric that is sort of maroon with gold stars, one that has maroon with white and goldish roses and green leaves, one with maroon and cream colored stripes that has pinwheels in the cream stripe, a light green tone on tone, one with a gold/mustard background with small maroon designs, and a border type print that has all the colors of the other fabrics. That last one has some glitter on it that will probably wash off over time. From my stash I've pulled eleven fabrics. I think I'm ready to make the paste-up.
After cutting out diamonds from each fabric, I auditioned each piece. Of course, Scooter the Quilty Kitty, was ecstatic because We Are Quilting Again. And Hubby was also there putting in his two cents. With the help of Magic Mirrors, I finally have the paste-up complete and I WILL NOT change my mind on layout.
I will put a link to my Webshots where I will have photos of the fabrics and the paste-up road map. May take an hour or so to get the photos up.
Wish me luck!
Linda in North Central Texas where it is a Beautiful Day.