Friday, January 15, 2010

Sew & Tell Friday! Americana Lone Star

I finished the top of this 41"x41" wall hanging in two days. My Quiltsmart Club had a retreat to learn how to do a lone star. I thought it would be my whole life, this lone star project. It's kind of anti-climatic that it's done already. Makes me feel like I need to do another one and give this one away to my Mom. It will go perfectly in her basement with her navy and red couches.

Also, I needed a reason to buy something at Material Girls when Amy and I met there on Wednesday!
It was so fun to see her in person (and not on the brink of death - that's where she was when I met her four years ago). We are truly kindred spirits. Her little boy thought I was my sister Allyn, which was the best compliment he could have given me. :) I'll leave off the photo of Amy and me together since it's already on her post for today. (It was a gentle reminder that I need not wear my comfy clothes out in public ever again.) If I haven't said it yet, Amy is amazing. She has inspired me to finish projects and "engage" my creativity. Pretty good for an imaginary friend. :)

So! My Sew & Tell item today is my "Americana" Lone Star:

1. Cut out some rectangles in four different fabric flavors (I was going for a 4th of July wall hanging).
2. Line the first rectangle up on the Quiltsmart interfacing and put the next piece, right sides together on top of it.
3. Sew along the solid line, turn back so the right side is up again and iron down.
4. Blah blah blah - make eight of these.
5. Sew the background onto each diamond, then sew each "square" together. Do a weird job of machine quilting and TA DA! A sweet little wall hanging for Mom:

12 comments:

allyn said...

umm...i didn't quite catch all of that, you did it so quickly. i am baffled that you were able to make this and quilt it in two days. there is a HUGE question mark hanging above my head right now.
it is gorgeous!

Mom said...

Yay! I'm with Allyn, but I don't really care because I get it!:)

Nicole said...

Yeah - this one was a lot more sew than tell. Sorry. I finished the top in two days - I didn't get the backing and the binding and all that done until today. So - three days total. Ha! Glad you like it, Mom. :)

Jill said...

You girl, are my new hero. I've got to learn to do that. It's beautiful!

amylouwho said...

Love it! I can't believe I just saw this unfinished the other day! you are productive! I went back Material Girls today....

Zach said...

That is really spectacular! I love it. One day...I will finish something!

Zach said...

Sorry, I am Andrea logged on Zach's computer. I probably just freaked you out a little!

Mom said...

Just a note to Amy - while we would love to add you to the sisters list, we already have sister number seven (Rob's wife, Claire), but you can be number eight.:) (I couldn't figure out how to comment on your blog-sorry!)
Glad you are having a good time here!

amylouwho said...

I'd be happy with #8 :)

Leslie said...

wow you made that seem so simple. it looks great!

Rene' said...

You made that sound so easy!!! Can't be! I must have missed a step ;-) Love it. Thanks for sharing.

Heather said...

It's beautiful! Way to go! ;o)