The Muse Speaks

A few minutes after Darcy left from our last photo shoot for my book I decided the time had come to get back to work on my second One Block Wonder.  I had started this quilt several years ago, but never had the design wall free long enough to do the design work.  Before some other job had a chance to come along and claim the wall space I quickly put all the blocks up.  After that I spent about two weeks studying and rearranging them while working on customer projects.  Yesterday I finished sewing the blocks into a single unit that is now ready to go shopping for border fabric. 

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I’m pretty sure I know what fabric I want for the main border, but it will have to wait until Wednesday when I’m at the quilt shop.

After finishing up this bit of sewing I moved on to a quilt top that I purchased at the Oklahoma City Winter Quilt Show this past weekend.

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The stars are nicely hand pieced, but the yellow triangles were poorly added by machine and the top was also assembled by machine.  That yellow fabric is also a cheap polyester.  Other quilters would have taken the thing apart, replaced the yellow with a better fabric, and then put it back together.  At the very least the blocks should have been separated, squared up, and then put back together.  But I’m far too impatient for that.  I’d rather make a whole new top from scratch that fix any existing problems.  Besides, I only paid $20 for it.  What I did do was stabilize the outer edge by adding a border.  Just the right piece of fabric was sitting on my cutting table waiting for a home.

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I have a pretty good idea how I want to quilt this, but it will have to wait its turn.  I’m hoping it won’t have to wait too long.

Next up on the design wall?  I have purchased the fabric for this year’s Hoffman Challenge.  The second I saw the fabric I knew what I would do with it.  Now I’d best get to work so that I’ll have some time to play later this week.

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