Greetings! It may look like I don’t get a lot done between posts, but I have been busy with the “process” of creating my silk quilt. Results don’t just magically appear. As you quilters know, a lot goes into creating our finished pieces. A great part of the enjoyment is the process itself. If you don’t like the process, you are not going to be making quilts for any length of time. Most of us dedicated quilters love fabric – both the tackle pleasure of handling it and the visual pleasure of looking at it. We love figuring out what colors and patterns stimulate us, we love cutting the fabric and we love sewing the pieces together.
To make the blocks for my silk quilt, I made a color chart so that I could scatter the colors throughout without having the same colors next to each other:
As I make each section, I number the stars and then pull my silk fabrics and decided which ones will go in which spots:
After the decisions have been made, I pin the number and color to the fabric and also the number of pieces I needed to cut:
Then I use my freezer paper created template to cut the pieces and I then pin the info onto them to keep them straight (here are a few, not all):
I also cut out the dark blue background pieces:
I print and cut out the number of papers I need for the paper piecing:
I’m making the stars 4 at a time, so I number the paper pieces, figure out which colored pieces go where, write this on the paper and find the appropriately colored pieces:
And then finally I’ll sew these sections and create the stars! It requires focus not to make a mistake since the pieces have to fit together just right, but I enjoy the challenge! Here are the new stars added since my last post (click to enlarge and enjoy the fabric more!):
I decided that instead of adding circles inside the stars, I am going to add circles in the blue spaces between the stars. I spent time this week making those circles using Karen Buckley’s circle templates which work beautifully!
And I pinned the circles into those spaces to see how they would all look and am very happy with this and will appliqué them one once I get some of the blocks sewn together (again, click to enlarge!):
I also spent time this week removing the paper from the backs of most of these blocks and ironing fusible interfacing to the backs to prevent fabric shredding. One of the things I’ve learned from this project is that I should fuse very light interfacing to the back of my silk pieces BEFORE cutting and sewing. The silk fabric shredding has been horrendous and the interfacing would stop that! Two more rows of stars to go before deciding on final size!
Wendy at the blog “The Constant Quilter” (an excellent blog – check it out if you aren’t already a reader!) asked her readers about their use of social media. She expressed some concern that a lot of bloggers may be quitting or considering quitting blogging and moving to other ways to share such as Facebook, instagram, etc. Technically I don’t have the means to directly respond on her blog, so thought I’d respond here.
I can hardly believe that I’ve been blogging for almost 5 years. When I started I wasn’t sure I would last more than a few weeks, but I learned that I enjoy taking the time to write about what I’m doing and I enjoy being part of the quilt blogging community. I’ve met some great people!! I very much enjoy reading other blogs and start every day with about an hour of blog reading while I quietly enjoy my morning coffee. I enjoy seeing the projects and hearing the stories about the projects. I do not have a Facebook account, but my husband has one (on which he rarely posts) so that we can stay connected with a very few people we really care about, but otherwise much of what is there is a waste of time. I rarely look at Facebook and I do not do instagram or twitter. I have a Pinterest site so I can save ideas for inspiration, but I usually only look at it for a few minutes before bedtime when I’m too tired to read. Time is precious and we need to be mindful of how we are spending it and making sure we don’t just fritter it away. A lot of social media lends itself to “frittering.” I’m lucky I’m not drawn to it.
I read through Wendy’s responses and am happy to say that a lot of her responders agree with me, i.e. that we like blogs because of the depth of the information and the stories. We hope bloggers keep going!
Be kind, be grateful, and cherish each day, Gladi