More Exploding Star Piecing…..

Yesterday I left you with the quilt top at this point…..

It was interesting to figure out what needed to be added to fill in the inset areas…..

At this point, I had to figure out how to add the pieces that were NOT diamond shaped!!

Fortunately, the Deb Tucker ruler is well designed and it was easy to decide what size to cut!!

Then it was just a matter of sewing the piece in…..

….and performing the “inset seam” procedure on each end.

I got the entire area filled in…..

…..and promptly ran out of cream fabric!!!

I am now waiting for the next 3 yards to be delivered so that I can continue with the design.

The real question is….”What am I doing on the next round??”

I feel like I need to bring those two “duller” inner fabrics into the outside but I am not sure exactly how.

Piecing the Exploding Star

Now that I had the technique down (see Tuesday’s post), it was time to start piecing the top.

I started in with the center star……

….and then realized that I should have added more bits to the star points BEFORE I put them together. SO….a little ripping ensued……

I added the bits to the orange diamonds…..

Doesn’t this look good……

As I worked on various sections, I struggled with keeping the pieces in the correct order so there was a lot of referring to a picture……

It was enjoyable to see how the bits came together…..

Come back tomorrow and I will take it up to where it stands right now……

Diamond Explosion

Last week I posted about my work to design a quilt using 60-degree diamonds and left the design process here…..

But, EXACTLY how would I piece this??

I started out working with paper and pen and trying to design piecing diagrams but I kept working myself into corners.

Then, I switched to my iPad and used Procreate to play with it further.

It was then that it HIT me…..

Work it in ROUNDS!!!

Now I have to figure out if I can actually piece using these diamonds!!

Instead of starting with my fabric, I grabbed some scraps and played until I was convinced that I could do it.

I pulled out Gyleen Fitzgerald’s book…..

…and spent some time studying the process that she used.

I first practiced sewing them into a straight line…..

….and then using inset seams…..


This was a great way to feel a bit more comfortable with the process before I started working on the quilt itself!!

So, with fear and trembling, I started cutting the fabrics…..

……come back tomorrow to learn about the ruler and cutting process!!

July Bargello…

I have once again fallen down on the job with posting about the quilts from the British Quilt List challenge that I participated in back in 2009!!

The July quilt was a simple bargello design…..

I love the fabrics that I used for this piece, particularly the sparkles that are coming out of the “fireworks”!!!

Additionally, our guild challenge for December has just been announced, and guess what… is a BARGELLO quilt.

I am looking forward to playing with some designs in the upcoming months and seeing what I can do with them!!!

Have you ever made a Bargello design and do you have any suggestions for me??