Type of item: Home Decor
What was your inspiration?
The quilt group I belong to does a challenge every year. This year we were given 8 fat eights. The only rule was that we had to use each fabric in our project at least once. We could add fabric if needed but all eight had to be used. I found a picture of a civil war era Seven Sisters quilt and decided to give it a try.
The seven stars and the background fabric are the 8 fabrics from the challenge. I added the border and binding fabric. The back is the same as the border.
I didn't have a pattern just the picture I had found. I made the starts 2.5 in diamonds. The trapezoid was a struggle at first. It took me a while to determine the size.
I had never done "Y" seams before but they weren't too bad. I really like the way the quilt turned out.
What are you most proud of?
I wanted to make the challenge not just about the fabric but a personal challenge too. I wanted to do something I had never done before. Finishing a project that I had to make all of the calculations for, based on a photo, was new for me. I had also never attempted "Y" seams because I was intimidated. I am most proud that I stepped out of my comfort zone to try something new.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
This isn't a quick project. Be prepared to take your time. I pre-marked all of my start/stop points before I started. The only problem was a used a frixion pen, which erases when you iron it, so the first time I ironed my seams the marks went away. Oopps. I do recommend marking the start stop points, it really makes getting those nice points.