A bit of an update on my “Scrap Happy Little Wishes star project” (Scrap Happy Stars ) – 20 blocks complete – all out of the scrap basket and the scrap storage system. I have been pressing scraps and cutting into usable sizes (2.5″, 3.5″ and 4″) for the Scrap Happy Little Wishes challenge blocks. When I get a good amount cut, I stop and do some sewing.
The basket is still overflowing. If a piece of scrap won’t work in these sizes, it may get sorted into the “string box”, cut to a 1.5″ or 2″ strip, or into the “chunks” box. I have some really odd pieces hanging around. And, I even put some odd pieces into the “hexi” box. I don’t feel like I have made much of a dent, but it has been fun playing around. Toughest to get 4″ squares light and dark for the HST star points in these blocks out of the scrap box. Not enough contrast for the points always to show well when going totally scrappy. I have about 15 more 9 patches made, just waiting for me to create more star points. And of course, making the HST is the time consuming part. Each block has 8 HST, and my objective was to make the all the same in a given block, but that plan went out the window quickly.
I think I will lay these blocks out with black sashing, so the bright colors sparkle, and the black gives your eye a place to rest. I am not sure how wide I want to go. The cornerstones on these blocks are 3.5″, so I am thinking going 1.5″. I tried white sashing and it didn’t excite me. I had just over 3/4 of a yard of a nice black that I pinned up on the wall to test the idea. I like it. I also like the blocks where there is greater contrast between the star points and the other colors. I may have to “dump out” the entire basket and “dig for pieces” that will give me that contrast. I do believe the basket is growing in volume, not reducing.
Tomorrow is my “last day” for cleaning up scraps, because the whole quilt room needs to be cleaned up. So, I will focus on getting things cut, and will hold out the sizes I need to continue this project. A shopping trip for black fabric for sashing will be one of my objectives later this month.
What are you working on? Controlled chaos? Have a great holiday weekend.