I found myself with a little spare time this week and nothing to sew. Can you believe it? There's plenty of projects I'd like to start but I know they would end up as UFO's due to my limited sewing time. So I started digging through my UFO boxes to find something that could finished in an afternoon. This one was the best I could do. Why did I start this? I'm not a fan of black. The fabrics are leftovers from a quilt I made for my youngest son. He picked all the fabrics, and he did a pretty good job of picking ones I would never buy. But I have them in my stash so might as well try to use them, right? Well that's what I thought. The problem is, if I don't like it the chances of me finishing it isn't good. So this one even though it was super simple to make quickly became a UFO.
The pattern is called Snow-Kissed Star by Konda Luckau. It's a free pattern over at McCall's Quilting Magazine. Wanna make one? Just click right here. You can see why I chose this pattern, her version is so pretty. Love the colors! Mine...not so much. TIP if you make this quilt. The pattern tells you to make your strip pieced blocks and cut them half diagonally. DON'T DO THIS. It's a bear to sew them to the background fabric without stretching them out of shape. Where she tells you to cut the stripped piece block you draw a line on the background fabric in that direction, sew a quarter inch away from the line on both sides, then cut on the suggested line. You know that fast and easy way to make Half Square Triangles.
So I thought there has to be a way to make me love this quilt, maybe adding a touch of WOW somehow. After much thought and advice from other online quilters in a facebook group adding the red fabric is the quickest and easiest thing I could come up with. Do I like it now? NO. But It will make a nice quilt for someone. For nowit will go in the drawer marked "unloved". Hopefully someday someone will need a quilt, and fall madly in love with this dark unloved eyesore. Now I know many of you like the black and whites, and that's great, it's just not my pallet of choice. The only thing I really like about this quilt is the the striped fabric I chose for the binding. I think it's going to add a nice touch to the finished quilt.
A pieced backing was made with some of the black and white fabrics but I forgot to picture them. The quilt top, backing and binding are all tucked away in drawer waiting for that special someone to love them.
~ Lea Anne ~