....because I've decided to do a couple of BOMs this year. And none of them are small projects. I did so well at resisting them last year. But I couldn't resist these. (Much like I could't resist Shelly's Summer Garden, which I'm still working on!)
I received an email from a LQS in Grand Rapids about this Feathered Star project from HoopSisters. I went up to their store to get some more details. (I found out later that a store here in my own town is doing it too. But I had already paid and signed up at the other shop.)
Here is a photo of the finished project. I love, love, love stars. Especially feathered stars. This project seems to have a nice mix of a "modern" flair with a traditional block. I love that about it.
And here are some sample blocks. Aren't they cool?! Get this....they are all done in the embroidery machine and are quilted BEFORE you assemble the blocks. Better yet, all the quilting designs are digitized by Sharon Schamber, whom I adore. I bought some of her embroidery quilting designs, but I've been too intimidated to try them. So, I figured doing this BOM would get me to jump in the water and try it out.
I knew immediately what I wanted to do. I called my friend Jackie, who hand dyes fabric and said, "Can I come over and pick out some fabric for this project? I want to do bright rainbow colors." She let me come over on Saturday, and here's what we picked out.
I might also throw in one or both of these yellows. Undecided on that so far. I need at least 10 fabrics, and I have that many without the yellows. We'll see how it unfolds. I feel like it might need the pop of yellow to set off the other colors, and I'm leaning toward the brighter one.
For the background, we need two background fabrics. I'm going to use Kona White and Kona Snow. I have been to two shops around here that usually carry those, and I cannot find a scrap of either! How weird is that?! Well, I'll figure that one out. I may as well buy Kona White by the bolt, anyway, I use so much of it.
I can't wait to get started on this. The designs came with great instructions...written in PDF and a PowerPoint slideshow that shows the step-by-step. Pretty awesome. I'll keep you posted.
If you want more information on the HoopSisters Feathered Star project, you can go here. But I think you have to do it through a shop that's hosting it. Not entirely sure.
Is it cheating to do this all in the embroidery machine? Who cares. I think it's going to be a blast.
Well, it finally snowed here. But it was 1 degree when I woke up this morning, so it's too cold to go out and do anything in the snow. And a lot of schools around here cancelled school today, because the wind chills are so low. (However, Sweet Pea did have school.) Brrrrr..... I'm ready for spring. This project should cheer me up a bit!
Until next time,