Saturday, October 22, 2022

Santa Fe String Star, Day Two!

If "Diamonds are a girl's best friend!" then diamonds should be a quilty girl's best friend too!

And we are having an awesome time stitching up string pieced diamonds, and then joining those diamonds into large diamonds that become the 8 pointed star in the center of this quilt.

There is a whole lot of piecing that has to happen just to get one big diamond made - and to inset a side triangle or corner square we need at least TWO big diamonds constructed.

My goal for this workshop was to have everyone have at least two of the big diamonds made so they could get some experience with Y seams - which is not as scary as it looks.

The pattern for Santa Fe String Star is found in my book String Fling.

Here are some progress photos for yesterday's workshop time.

TWO!  There is a corner or setting triangle waiting in the wings!

Almost enough for two here!

The scraps have been phenomenal!

All of the best saved pieces going in!

These two have been sewn together and are awaiting the next piece.

What color will the background be?

Aqua for the win!

And look at that Y seam perfection!

Sometimes it's best to wait and decide what color your background will be - you never know what color is going to make all of those string diamonds pop.  Aqua looks great here, doesn't it?

Oh my goodness!  This is so cool and calming!

Pam has successfully sewn her first inset triangle for her neutral on blue Santa Fe String Star!
We are covering so many skill builders such as cutting large pieces using the two ruler method, inset Y seams, marking for successful Y seams, sewing bias edges, adjusting for finished unit size, and pressing!
I can't wait to show you more as these ladies get further along.

After lunch yesterday the ladies headed out to get a quilt shop fix while I ran IVY for her last shot at the vet. When I came back they were still gone. I did some sewing of my own while waiting to see just what they had purchased - and they were STILL gone! LOL!

I guess two days of workshop meant that they needed some recess time and I'm glad they got it.

They were headed straight to dinner (after a call came in) and I'll see them this morning for workshop day 3.

They must have had a REALLY good time! LOL!

My circuit board woes area ending!

It turns out it was only the one board (on the right) that had the issue - the other board looks to be fine and a replacement is on its way to me - I have tracking number in hand! I am hoping by this time next week I'll be back up and running.

In the mean time:

This has taken over my cutting table!

Everything's coming up purple!
I grabbed some time over the past couple of days to pull out my Ruby Jubilee blocks and start playing.
The way editor Denise designed this quilt in sections that can be moved around and shifted, flipped or shuffled is genius!
I made my blocks completely scrappy and am moving the blocks around to find places where the fabrics don't fight each other as they would in the original layout.⁣

I am also incorporating some newly refound string piecing thanks to the purple string bin!

I've also found ways to use up other orphan blocks instead of solid squares or rectangles of neutral fabric. It's all a happy mess and I'm having a blast making it!⁣

What I love about making this quilt in sections is that I can even shuffle the rows to find the best placement for my blocks.⁣
All of these quilts may start with the same blocks, but they are all going to look so different and it is just fantastic!

It was hard to put everything away and come home to cook dinner last night. I'll be back at playing with these blocks after workshop time is over later today.
How are you doing on yours?⁣

And in Bristol news! 

Bristol is a hit!  And I have so many of you to thank for that!  

Gift-Away entries are over 3,900! That's such a good indicator that I'm not the only one in love with star quilts, or plaids or plaid star quilts!

Thank you!

If you haven't gotten your entry in, please visit the Gift-Away Page and do so!  We will draw for our two winners on Saturday 10/29/22.

I will be drawing for 2 lucky winners that will each receive a Bristol PDF pattern from me and a Checks & Plaids Color Roll from  Cotton to Quilts!

Quilt Details:

Plaid Paradise!

For the star quilt lovers everywhere - Whether you sew with shirt plaids or scrap stash, Bristol is bound to be a favorite!

Easy to follow instructions, optional construction methods, full color photos and graphics to guide you from beginning to binding!

Quilt Size: 75'' X 75''

Optional but helpful: Bonnie K. Hunter's Essential Triangle Tool and either the Simple folded Corners ruler, or the Simple Folded Corners Mini.

Traditional rotary cutting methods are given for those who don't have access to these rulers.

Introductory Special: I have placed the PDF pattern for Bristol at 25% off in both the Quiltville Store and the Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop.  No coupon needed!  Sale price good through 10/31/22.  Hurry now and save!

I've also placed the PDF pattern for Spider & The Fly  at 25% off in both the Quiltville Store and Quiltville Etsy Pattern Shop - no coupon needed!

The price is good through 10/31/22 and will revert back to full price on 11/1/22.

Quiltville Quote of the Day -

Did you ever notice how this happens?
What you look for in life is what you will find.
Where is your focus?

Have a wonderful weekend, everyone!



  1. Each scrappy diamond treasure is totally amazing!

  2. Wonderful work on those diamonds. They all look good.
    My practice table topper for my new Longarm is done and I'm sewing the binding down now.
    Beautiful day here today.
    Your purples are gorgeous together.
    Hope your ankle/ foot is better. You'll be hiking in no time..

  3. Love how your Purple Jubilee is coming out. Doing my best to copy yours in ruby :)


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