So I spent my afternoon with Jan Krentz (Okay not HER, but her DVD) and getting my first lone star quilt setup. I chose 30’s reproduction fabric, for many of my friends this will not come as a surprise. There is something about 30s fabric that just makes me smile. It’s bright, it’s cheery, it plays well together, what’s not to like?
I plan on the center to be bright red and will burst out into the cooler colors. The background will be yellow, and then I plan on adding either smaller stars or some applique in the corners. Jan’s DVD is a WONDERFUL tool if you plan on making one of these in a strip pieced method. Her instructions are clear and precise, as is her entire method of assembly.
So as for what I learned today? I should be embarrassed probably, but I will admit it, I have NEVER changed the blade on my rotary cutter….ever. So when watching the DVD, because of the need for precision, she tells you to change your blade. So I open my package of blade and pop a new one in. (And I didn’t even cut myself!) Boy HOWDY does that make a HUGE difference!!! It cuts like BUTTER! So the moral of the story is….change your blade. (I admit I was cheap and didn’t want to spend the $7 on a blade, but it was SO worth it, and made the cutting process MUCH easier and enjoyable.)
So tomorrow I need to get my strip sets sewn together. Then it’s off to Sew Inspired (my LQS) to get some muslin so I can “block” my diamonds once they are complete. I also need to see if my 97D foot has come in yet, I can’t WAIT for that little gem! I will keep you updated on my progress! Excited to see how this turns out! 😀