Seeing stars.

As you may recall, I’ve been sewing along with some fantastic sewists and The Fat Quarter Shop on Lori Holt’s Prim & Proper Quilt. This week we’re up to week 6 with the Prim Stars block — maybe my favorite block patten in the whole book.

I’m using the same fabric line, Prim, as the original quilt but in a different color scheme. When I first planned out my quilt, I looked through the whole Prim & Proper booklet for color inspiration. I knew I wanted the border to be pink, so I changed up the red flowers for teal. Without the brown, I opted for a gold flower pot and so on.

When I got to the stars, I thought I’d pull in all of those elements to the cornerstone stars to tie it together. Pink, teal, and gold and away we went.

At this point, I wasn’t sure sure about this choice, but I chose to forge ahead. Word to the wise: at this point, I wasn’t sure I’d like these stars in the quilt. I should have sewn a test block, but I plowed right on through and made all four.

At this point, I thought this block is really pretty but just not quite right. I started piecing the borders (jumping ahead to week 7) to help clear my mind and then I plopped it down in it’s spot.

Nope. This just isn’t it. Too much of something, perhaps? I was honestly pretty frustrated at this point and having a hard time rethinking the colors. So I did what any maker would do. I started another project.

Those little diamonds on the inner star unit just kept calling to me for a good ole’ fussy cut. I had the idea to make a Christmas table runner out of srappy prim star blocks. At first, I was going to do each star with a different background fabric. When I {began to learn something from past experiences} sewed up a test block, I was a little afraid it would be too busy, since the backgrounds I had on hand are pretty busy. I changed course, and used a single background for the whole thing.

As I was putting together fabrics for these blocks, I realized my error with the OG quilt block. It’s all medium and high value fabrics – there is no true “background” to give good contrast. I finished up my Christmas stars and went back to my Prim fabrics, finally. I pulled some different fabric options and settled on keeping the same pink, going with a more muted teal option, and changing out the gold for the white background. Even then, though, I wasn’t sure so I kept on testing. I tried the inner star a couple of ways before finaly picking the final form.

This version follows the fabric placement in the pattern, but I wound up reversing the pink and white in the inner star. It feels like it pops a bit more that way. I sewed up the one test block and plopped it down with the borders to double check that I was satisfied.

Once those stars were done, I went back to the Christmas stars. I’m going to toot my horn here, this is pretty stinking cute. I’m a little nervous about the ricrac in the binding for the Prim & Proper quilt, so I decided to practice it here. I basted it at about an 1/8″ and the bound the runner as usual, nothing to it! Very pleased.

Gosh, those fussy cuts are too much! I’m over the moon.

Don’t worry, I didn’t forget about that little test block version. I hand quilted him up for a super cute mug rug! He’s sitting by my sewing machine now, isn’t this just darling?

All in all, I now feel pretty experienced with making these blocks. I learned a little bit more about putting colors together. I’ll call that a good time.


Happy making!

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