Working with these fabrics is really stretching me. The line has orange, purple, aqua and green, and not all of them play well together - not for me anyway. And a lot of them have large patterns that don't work in small pieces, so I had to go raid my stash to add a few more solid-reading fabrics to the line. The curved orange stars are from a fat quarter I dug out of my stash :*)
I originally wanted to go "matchy-matchy" and use this pretty aqua with the dragonflies fabric in the 16-patch center.....
But as you can see, it just didn't work. The aqua was a perfect complement to the dragonflies fabric, but it was just blah in the block. I knew I had to punch it up with some color, but I was concerned about using the purple in there, afraid it would be too garish, but eventually it was really the only choice that allowed that center to pop. Once I got it put together I was thrilled with the result! I love the movement of those purple squares in there!
The block went together easily, although at first I had some qualms about the fact that the star points don't go out to the seam allowance and they don't meet in the middle. Once I realized it was designed to look like that I decided to get used to it :*D
I thought it would be fun to add a decorative element to this block by fussy-cutting the flowers in the corners. After I figured out where I wanted to cut the first flower to get the look I wanted, I put some Omni-Grip on my small square ruler and traced the flower design on it so I could place the ruler exactly on the same place with each subsequent flower.
Here are my first two blocks of this QAL together.....
This has been fun and challenging, and I am delighted that I decided to join in. I'll be linking up to Jenny's Flickr Group HERE.....
I also want to show you something I won last week from my friend Leslie who shares her gorgeous art quilt works over at MarveLes Art Studios. This girl is a serious artist and makes some wonderfully quilty, sparkly, delightful pieces - you will want to check her out! She is also one of the sweetest bloggers I have met here on Blogger :*D
This hand-painted watercolor drawing notecard is what I won!
Don't you just love it?!?!!!!
I'm so happy with this little card and can't wait to frame it and hang it in my sewing studio - huge smiles!!!! Thank you so much Leslie =^..^=
I may need to take a little break from the blog this week with all the things going on right now. Today we celebrated our youngest grandson's first birthday....
|What a CUTE birthday cupcake :*D|
After that we'll be celebrating Thanksgiving, as I am sure many of you will be doing as well. May I send to each and every one of you - whether you live here in the US or not - my sincerest wishes for a wonderful holiday surrounded by all those you love!
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