This fabric had been waiting for just the right project. I fell in love with it as it is just made for fussy cutting/printing with a perfect 11.75″ repeat.
One of the quilts in Willyne Hammerstein’s Millefiori Quilts that I think is really striking is Midnight Fireworks. It’s irresistible to me – opportunities for special effects with fussy cutting, lots of continuous stitching and some curved piecing. Three things I love all in one block! So when a Midnight Fireworks Inklingo collection came out, I knew I was going to make a version of it using that fabric. My version of the quilt will be called Christmas Fireworks.
First I printed eight sheets of the diamonds for the centre star and in no time I had these lovely stacks of diamonds, just waiting to be sewn into stars.
There’s something about making these stars that I just cannot resist. Each one is a little surprise because, while I sort of have an idea what it’s going to look like, once it’s sewn together then I see the full effect.
Each star will be, I think, surrounded with the red metallic fabric.
Will I use black triangles and then matching black pieces to square this up – or almost square it up? There will be more surprises in the corners where four blocks meet – there are small curved pieces in the corners that will, with a little more fussy cutting/printing, create another great special effect.
I love how perfectly it presses.
Or will I use gold triangles and matching gold pieces to square them up? Indecision reigns! I’m going to add the pieces to almost square these two up and then try to decide. Whichever one I decide not to use will become the label for the quilt.
I haven’t yet graded the seams, but that will only take a few minutes.
I’m really wavering on this – can’t quite decide. I think the black dulls down that glorious red quite a bit but it is dramatic. The gold makes it a little more cheerful and might make it easier to get the special effects in the corners to really pop.
Which do you prefer – the gold or the black? I’d love to hear why you chose the one you did!
“Christmas in July”
Jake has been enjoying some time the windowsill.
Baxter was at the vet recently for his shots and check-up – and he’s just fine. He’s now at 15 pounds and he’s nowhere near done growing, we think. When we came home, we let him out of his carrier and had put it on top of a chest in the hallway for a moment – or so we thought. But ever since then, he has been found sitting or sleeping in it every single day. So for now the carrier stays out. With a nice fluffy towel in it so he’s comfortable.