I've been having fun making the stars for my stripes! Thanks again to all who suggested I use a less than pure white for my light star backgrounds, it makes a big difference. I searched my stash and found more fabric than I realized I had... stash shopping/diving is a good thing!
See the difference between the two?
I've decided to do half light and half dark stars, 18 of each - I think that should give a lot of variety to the quilt and keep the eye moving. For the dark backgrounds, I'm keeping a pure white for the star points rather than off-white, I discovered the white adds a lot of punch - look at that sparkle!
When I stopped and looked at the stars I put together and the fabric I pulled for others, I noticed I have quite a bit of blue, I didn't know I had so much blue in my stash! Or am I subconsciously pulling blue for some reason?
My blocks are finishing at 9-1/2" but I've been cutting the squares at a straight 4 inches to make the oversize block. So I lose a skinny strip when I trim ... oh well!
In the light blocks above, notice the green points, and those blue ones - busy prints, both!
Here are some pieces cut out ready for the points, and then some points ready to be trimmed...
And finally, what you've probably been waiting to see...
I did a quick and dirty layout of a few blocks, just to see what I can see. I'm [almost] positive I'll alternate the stars, light on one row and dark on the other. I have to decide which way I'll have the strips going though; it would be nice if they could sort of enclose the star blocks, but that won't happen, can't get the math to work.. I can't decide at this point because there will be more blocks per row, twice as many in fact. Notice again how those white points sparkle - I think this will be a pretty quilt!
Have you all been watching the Bonnie show? She sews! she sings! she gives tips! My machine is upstairs, else I could sew along, but I enjoy just watching. Bonnie is a fun sew-along person and she's very accommodating! She stops to check for comments every so often and she's glad to answer our questions. IF she's on, she usually posts a notice on her blog; or you can click on the LiveQuiltCam! tab on her blog. Look for her - you'll be glad you did!
Sew forth and sew on