Last week I decided to catch up on some time-limited projects, I’d been concentrating on finishing my first quilt for care-leavers, but it meant I was a bit behind on other things, some of which had a date on them! They may only be little things, a couple of evenings, but they needed stitching and ticking off my to do list!
The first one I chose was two blocks for Kate’s Scinteallate quilt. Kate regularly makes quilts to auction for ovarian cancer charities, they always have a teal theme in the name as teal is the colour for ovarian cancer, much as pink is the colour for breast cancer charities.
I promised Kate I would make two blocks for the quilt. The quilt is called Scinteallate and it’s all going to be star blocks, teal stars of all sorts of designs on a cream background.
I bought a book recently called A Block A Day by Lucinda Ganderton. It’s got 365 different quilting blocks, all 12″ square, perfect for this sort of project. As an aside, Lucinda gave all the sample blocks she made to the quilts for care-leavers project, they’re in lovely crisp modern colours and they’ve made quite a few fabulous quilts.
There are several stars in the book but I chose a couple called a two way star and a scrappy star. I searched round in my scrap box and amongst the fat quarters and found these left over from stitching hummingbirds, hopefully they are teal enough!
I stitched the scrappy star first, with a pinwheel in the middle and then half triangles around it. It came together pretty easily and I think it’s quite effective. I had a bit of a panic when I first made it that it wasn’t quite 12.5″, but actually it just needed a good press, it’s amazing the difference it makes!
The Two Way star is my favourite I think, I like the way it has little stars going in opposite directions to make a bigger star! It sort of gives it a feeling of movement.
These two blocks are now winging their way over to Australia for Kate to work her magic and make into another amazing quilt.