Some years ago I purchased a quilt top that had potential. It was a six-pointed, very scrappy Lone Star with 4 mini-lone-star satellites. The stars were made of 1880-1900's scraps, but they had been set in a quite horrible purpley-mauve background and the arrangement wasn't working for me. Thankfully the mauve was faded and shredding and I felt no remorse unpicking the stitches to free the stars.
Lone Star quilts with a myriad of satellite stars have long whispered to me, so my mind started heading towards making more little stars to twinkle around "big momma" star. Then I discovered something - did you know six point stars behave quite differently to 8 point stars? The 60 degree angles of 6-point stars are less attractive to me somehow than the familiar 90 degree angles of 8-point stars.
image scanned from "The Quilt Engagement Calendar Treasury" by Cyril Nelson and Carter Houck
More stars were sewn, but nothing seemed right. I reached the point as photographed below and was not happy, so everything was folded up and put away more than 12 months ago, to revisit another time.
|my work so far.... original pieces are the large star + 4 smaller stars, I have made 8 extra stars|
|image scanned from 1982 Quilt Engagement Calendar|
My task for this weekend is to unpick my sewing to date, to piece a variety of shirtings for the background setting pieces and to start appliqueing the mini-Lone-stars in place, and perhaps to make a start on some tiny little itty bitty stars just for good measure...my mantra - more whimsy, less control freak.
Don't you just LOVE Eureka moments!