As my snow person slowly winds down, it is now time to work on the borders, which consists of 4 1/2 inch star blocks (unfinished).
These small star blocks will be surrounding my snow person.
The gold fabric I used is an older Robyn Pandolph fabric from her Folk Art Christmas collection, at the time she was with Moda.
Oh, how I love that line of fabric and am so careful as to how I use it. Since Robyn has moved to SSI, her colours and style are just not as attractive to me.
As I sew the tiny pieces that are required to make one block, I couldn't help but think of Libby and her love of small quilts.
For the star block, I am working with 1 1/2 inch squares and a 2 1/2 inch rectangle. As you know, the smaller the pieces, the greater the chance for inaccuracies. That's where my stiletto comes in.
If you recall, I learnt how to use one in a class I took last Spring with Sharlene, Double Wedding ring. I will say, this little tool has come in handy. It makes sewing small pieces somewhat of a breeze. I do not have large fingers and I find it difficult to keep my pieces properly aligned. Even with larger pieces, I have found this tool useful.
I would recommend that you try working with a stiletto. It's less cumbersome than your fingers and it can also be used as a spare seam ripper. You know, those rare occasions where you made a mistake and can't find your seam ripper! lol
As I trim my pieces, I cannot help but wonder what Libby would make with these little left overs. She doesn't seem to waste any fabric!
I'm sure she could think of a wonderful quilts to include them on! Oh Libby, how I admire your patience. Here I am having just 24 star blocks to do and I'm whining! lol
Prior to leaving on our camping trip, I received a wonderful surprise from my Friend Cheryl in Oz.
Look at these beautiful Machine Embroidery magazines, aren't they delicious? Gosh, Oz makes such wonderful publications. Their illustrations are just awesome!
I can only hope that one day I will be able to master my embroidery machine and create such fine projects. Thank you again Cheryl, you are such a generous soul!
I do hope you are having a wonderful Labor Day weekend! The weather is gorgeous here in Upstate New York.
Enjoy your day and thank you for stopping by!