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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Star variations....

I made another batch of squares from pieces cut on my Studio die cutter.  I was talking to a friend yesterday and she didn't know there was more than one die cutter.  All she had ever heard about was the GO and she thought that was the name of the company.  When she asked why I got the Studio model, I said I liked the dies available for it better than the dies available for the 2 portable die cutters, the  GO and GO Baby.  I know a lot of people like the portable feature but I didn't think I would have any reason to take mine anywhere.
I made three stars with variations in the center.

I have 7 more stars to make and then I'll be ready to move on to a new project.  I will need to choose the fabrics for the last stars to balance out the colors.  So far I was just cutting from scraps with no rhyme or reason for the colors.
I have 3 colors of Rose of Sharon in bloom.
I think I may have another shade of lavender in a different location.
Unfortunately the Rose of Sharon reseeds and I have way too much of it.

27 comments:

Renée's Country Quilts said...

Wanda, I love your star variations. Your flowers are really pretty, and I especially love your new toy, congratulations!
Renee
Savannah Ga.

Frog Quilter said...

A woman after my own heart. Processing scraps with the accuquilt and then being creative with the cut pieces. LOVE IT!!!

Impera_Magna said...

Your star blocks are gorgeous... and oh so tempting... another project added to my "must made someday" list. In the meantime, I'll enjoy yours!

Anca's Strickchörbli said...

Wunderful,I could mind,it is in my Garden,I'm living in Switzerland!
Greatings from Switzerland,Anca

Sequana said...

That's all well and good, but do you have the Rose of Sharon DIE???????

True Blue Nana said...

The star quilt is really shaping up. I like what you have done in the corners, what I call Friendship stars. This looks great. Once again you have inspired me.

HollyM said...

That's going to be one of the prettiest quilts I've seen! It really seems to sparkle.

Julia said...

It looks like you are having fun with your new toy!!!! Amazing!
Your Rose of Sharon are beautiful. I would love to have the white!!! So pretty. I only have the one that is sort of lilac colored.

Mary Ann Van Soest said...

Morning Wanda,
Love the new quilt. Interested in the cutter. Is the studio a commercial one or is it the regular AccuQuilt Go cutter?
Where did you pruchase it?
Thanks
Mary Ann

Kathy said...

Glad to see how much fun you are having with the studio accuquilt! My best sewing buddy has had one for more than 3 years and now my neighbor with the long arm business has one now too. I have several dies of my own and often use the model called AccuCut. It was meant for cutting paper, but it works on fabric as well!

Needled Mom said...

That will be a beautiful quilt when it is all together. How will you quilt it?

I wonder if we can grow the Rose of Sharon out here. Very pretty.

Lynne said...

You know, Wanda, your exuberant use of colour is making me rethink my dislike of star blocks!

FabricandFlowers said...

The variation in your stars adds a little sparkle. I never tire of quilts with stars. I've been reading about Rose of Sharon lately. Folks up north, your way, have a problem with reseeding. Down south folks don't report that. I just find that interesting. A beautiful plant. I just bought another.

Vivian said...

I like your star variations. Such variety with simple changes.
Your Rose of Sharon photos gave me an "ah hah" moment and sent me searching. The family similarity is easy to see. I've just learned that your Rose of Sharon flowers, my hollyhocks, and hibiscus flowers are all related, they're called malvas, and they're edible and can be medicinal. Wonderful Sunday morning education. Your flowers are as gorgeous as your stars. :)

Jayne said...

Beautiful blocks and beautiful flowers! Thanks so much for sharing. I also love the Kaffe triangles, too!

Jean said...

The star variations are wonderful.

Eva said...

Lovely stars. Can't get enough.

Pat said...

I agree with you about the cutter. I wouldn't be carrying it around with me so I would want what you bought. I love the star quilt. I also have Rose of Sharon here also but only the double pink is blooming. There is a bunch in the back yard but they have not started to bloom yet. I hope you are staying cool.

karenfae said...

love the flowers. I really haven't seen anyone dragging their portable cutter around with them - I think you made a good choice in cutters.
Karen
http://karensquilting.com/blog/

Purple Pam said...

What beautiful blooms. Your blocks are beautiful, too. I love the star block. It has so many possibilities for design. I have not seen the Studio die cutter before. What a qizmo. Now, if someone makes a gizmo that cuts the triangles and sews them together all in one motion, that is one for me! LOL!

Lois Arnold said...

Love the stars, but it was the rose of sharon that got me! Oh, how it made me homesick for IL. My mom always had rose of sharon.

Sue said...

I keep hearing about Accuquilt, but haven't seen one in person. How much prep work do you need to get the fabric ready for the cutter?

Muddling Through said...

Your stars are so pretty! They just sort of glow.

And I have several of those shrubs, too, but I call them altheas. LOL I've seen them my whole life, starting in MIssissippi where I grew up. They are a very hardy plant.

Mary said...

These cutters are such a temptation, but space is a real issue for us. Enjoy your new tool!

Vicky F said...

Hi Wanda,
Looks like you are even more productive than usual with the new cutter! Love the star blocks.

How are you holding up in the heat? Looks like we get Southern style hot and humid weather for at least a week around here, I'm guessing you will, too. We just had three troublesome trees removed, but now I wonder if we should have waited until fall. Could have used the shade right now!

Your flowers are quite pretty; do they like sun or shade?

Vicky F

Bobbie said...

Awesome....Now you can make 9000 quilts a month instead of 5000...just kidding...I'm so jealous!

Sharon said...

Your star blocks are lovely, I like the variations you are working in. Hey, if the weeds bloom, I call them wild flowers! Torrential rains beat the crap out of all my flowers Sat night, and we're going to get into the high 60's today whoohoo