I took a little creative side trip from some larger projects I'm currently working on because I had a flash of inspiration. Last summer I made a bright, summery chevron runner
(which you can read about here)and when I was finished, I had several pieced strips leftover.
|My Summer Chevron Runner. I have a tutorial for making these strip pieced chevrons found HERE.|
The leftover strips (which looked similar to the ones shown on the back of the runner) have been hanging in my sewing room for all these months, looking pretty while encouraging me to find a use for them.
|The back of the runner has leftover strips incorporated into the design. Still, I had some remaining unused strips.|
I was flipping through library books and magazines this weekend when the idea came to me. I had to know if it was possible to use those strips to piece together a star.
Okay, it involved some stitch ripping, cutting a few more diamonds and deliberate placement of colours, but as you can see, the idea worked. Everything was sewn by machine, which meant it came together quickly. Matching seams was a little tricky, but manageable and rather than tackle sewing in the background pieces as diamonds, I cut them in half. Triangles were even easier to handle if you sew things together in a logical manner.
I finished the background last evening and immediately pinned it to my design wall (which as you can see, is completely covered by my Impromptu quilt top).
I stood back to view my creation and wonder how to proceed. Do I turn this into a table topper? a pillow? a mini quilt? or ???? My husband ( a well versed veteran of these creative debates I have with myself) quickly voiced his thoughts that I should, "Quilt it, Bind it and Move on".
That made me laugh!
Apparently, my desire to try to sew every idea there is out there, is well known in this household (do you think it's my stash that gave away that secret? ;o). It's also obvious there's no such thing as the infinite amount of time that would be needed to be able to sew everything my heart desires. Still, doesn't keep me from shooting for the moon...or in this case, for the stars. ;o)