Thursday, August 18, 2016

Good Luck

As you know, we are getting ready to buy a new house in Pennsylvania where I will *hopefully* have a beautiful sewing room with a ton of space. I've decided that in my new space i want to have a mini quilt wall.  I've seen beautiful, wonderful, inspiring shots of other people's on instagram and it's given me serious envy! So in the mean time I've decided to start working on some mini quilts to take with me to the new house and set the tone.


This is Good Luck Star! The pattern is available on craftsy. The pattern makes a 12" block but I couldn't see messing around with 24 fabrics (26 if you could the background prints) just to get a 12" block and I really wanted to showcase the beautiful fabrics, so I had the templates blown up 200%, so it's now a 24" block. It's made entirely of Alison Glass fabrics. I started with a fat eighth bundle of Sun Prints 2016 and then added from my stash of her other prints to fill in gaps in the color wheel and also to try to minimize how many time I had the same print touching. The pattern is designed to leave you with a whole in the middle of the block (because who can match 24 points? Certainly not I!) that the pattern has you applique a circle over. I don't like to put circles in the middle of stars, personally, because to me, it makes it read flower instead of star and I want a star. So i added the 6 pointed english paper pieced star instead. I was concerned about what laying a 6 pointed star over a 12 pointed star would look like but I think it worked out ok.


Here is it's companion block, More Good Luck. It is surprisingly the same template with just two extra lines. I made the same changes that I made to the first block for this block. Blowing up the block definitely upped the challenge more than i was expecting, just because the pieces where so large and cumbersome, but i think it was worth it. 


The pattern says that 12 pointed stars are suppose to bring good luck, so I'm hoping that taking these two beauties to the new house will be perfect! I just need to get them quilted and bound now!

I also joined two additional mini swaps (Have to fill that future wall after all). The Teal Swap, which uses the proceeds to benefit Ovarian Cancer, and the Quiet Play Swap on Instagram which is a foundation piecing swap. I'm sure you'll be seeing more on those as soon as i get my partner assignments and get started!

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