Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Charmed WIP

Yep, Wednesday, my ol' buddy.

I actually got a lot done this week. This is my 3rd post of the week and I am going to post once more.

Piecing right along here on my Charmed Prints QAL. I already have this week's four feature blocks done.

Not too difficult, although I made a few mistakes sewing. Naturally, right? I'm still a beginner so I'm not gonna beat myself up over it. I noticed that the pinwheel blocks aren't quite 5" so I measured my others, yeah not quite all 5". What's up with that? My seam allowances look ok. Again, not worried, I figure if it's a little wonky at the end, so be it.

I made a trip to the fabric store to select border fabric, flange binding and binding fabric. I am going to use the tan gingham for borders and the tiny red gingham for the regular binding. Now that I know what flange binding is (it's really cute) I can't decide. Should I use the solid mustard or more gingham in yellow? I'd love your opinion!

I also started my star Dr Seuss quilt. I am testing out things and I already don't like the red dot star. I don't like how the white dots make the star points fade into the background fabric. Why go through all the trouble of making star points (not to mention wonky ones) and then not see your points? It's also taking me a while to get used to this method, it's the Stargazing block from the Modern Blocks book, so my points aren't quite aligned with the center piece. I will definitely remake this star with solid red for the points.

Isn't the little blue star cute? It's only about 3" big. The third star isn't done yet, it's going to be the Cat in the Hat and blue star points. I was planning on making the entire quilt in this 12 1/2" block (three stars each block), but now that I examined my fabric, I might make some larger stars too. Fussy cutting some of the centers won't do this really cute fabric justice. Does anyone have a good sawtooth star pattern they like? Or do you have a good reference for star blocks?

Thanks for your input! Happy Thanksgiving!

I'm linking up with Lee at Freshly Pieced.
WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced


  1. For your blocks that aren't quite 5", try pressing the bias seams open instead of the to the side. My Flying Geese were ALWAYS too small until I figured that out! That one little change was all it took!

    Wonky stars are perfect for a Dr. Seuss quilt! The blue star is very cute. Here's a tutorial for a 12.5" wonky star block:

    Thanks for linking up to WIP Wednesday. : )

  2. @Lee Thanks Lee! I will check to see how I pressed the seams. I usually press them open though. And thanks for the star tutorial, can't wait to really get working on this quilt.