So perhaps chaos does lead to creativity, after all . . . !
In the middle of all my mess (and a half-dozen ongoing projects), I saw a picture online (facebook or pinterest or something), and was instantly intrigued.
I loved the idea of this quilting around the center. It's a really simple design -- super simple -- and would make a fabulous table topper -- and I still have sunflowers on the brain, and I thought this would be perfect for a sunflower fat quarter I'd purchased just recently.
Hence my question about how to template a spirograph-like star for quilting the other day. I was really struggling with it, but determined to overcome. Then I took another, closer look at the finished project in the original photo, and realized that there were 24 points, which meant they were using equilateral triangles and each triangle was a separate unit. I wanted an unending design, so that my quilting started and stopped at the same point.Finally, I figured it out!!!
So then it was time to put my top together.
I had to stencil my quilting design on there in order to know where my star should go (and how big it could be). And well, if it's good on the front, wouldn't it be good on the back?!
Of course! Plus, I get double use from it (which I'm all about).
Instead of putting it together, quilting and binding it, I stitched it with right sides together, flipped it inside out, and then quilted it . . .
I was a little concerned about how the design would quilt on the back, even though I'd worked very carefully to line up the center design, so I used a more blended color of thread for the bobbin.
But I think it worked out just perfectly! It's hard to see in the picture, which means it's not as striking, but now I know it's do-able and I can go wild next time! Yay!!
Already got it in use! It was a fun and fast project and I *love* the quilting!
[post script added: since it doesn't get any NewFO-y-er than this, I'm linking up to Barbara's Cat Patches for her July NewFO linky party! Yay!!]
As for "Wilma" -- she's the companion to "Waldo" of "Where's Waldo" fame.
I'd cut and pasted her into my photo the other day:
Teresa found her first!! I may have to mail Teresa a little something for having a 'hawk eye'!