I went searching, through blogs and Pinterest, and suddenly - BAM!
When I spotted this post I knew what I would make for this newest little Cortellini - a star!
Katie doesn't offer a pattern for this or mention what colors she used. So I just used her quilt as a guide and chose from my stash. I counted up the different combos of half square triangles and was able to get started cutting and sewing right away. That's always fun!
On Very Kerry Berry's blog I found this template to get started. It creates a 1" spiral. I wanted tighter quilting so I printed it at 37% to get a 3/8" seam and be able to use my walking foot as a guide beyond the template. I carefully pinned my template to my quilt sandwich and carefully dropped my needle in the center of it all.
Then I took a deep breath and a patience pill and followed some great tips from Flourishing Palms. I set my stitch length very small and used my hand-wheel to take one stitch at a time, picking up the presser foot and moving the quilt with each stitch. Again and again. Finally being able to take two stitches, then three, very slowly, till finally I was moving right along. I lengthened my stitch as I moved further out, constantly turning the quilt. It was a good right arm work-out for me. Advil helped!
On the back I used the popular Newspaper print by Carrie Bloomston. I had to add a little to the width and there are no worries on matching the print with this one. Yay!
RJR and Kona solids
Quilter's Dream Cotton Request Loft batting
Aurifil Dove Gray (2600) 50wt for piecing & 40wt for quilting
Ready to roll, around and around...
We're enjoying early spring over here. Did you notice the wild forsythia in the background? It hasn't bloomed like this in years. Love it!