This month is my month in both Bees that I host. I usually don't care which month I have in a Bee so I take whatever is left over, and most people didn't want December this year. I want to thank my fellow Sewn Together Bee members in advance for taking on the challenge I am posing to them this month. I'm asking everybody to make me a Lone Star Block. Since this block can be challenging I am only asking for one from each person. And I'm also giving them longer than just this month to return them to me, since I know December is a crazy month for most people.
I recently fell in love with the Lone Star Block, which surprised me. It's super traditional, which usually isn't my thing at all. But I've seen a couple really cool modern ones lurking out there lately and they were breathtaking. Then I happened upon this tutorial that spelled out the process really well, including a separate tutorial for Y Seams, so I thought I'd get everybody, including myself, to stretch their sewing muscles.
Choosing the fabrics was the hard part for this project. I have decided that this is going to be a quilt just for me. Not for a friend. Not for a charity. For me. I've never done that before. Awhile back I saw Lotta Jandotter's Echo line and it was love at first sight, so when I saw that Lauren had it in stock at Sew Modern, I ran over to pick some up and somehow it became the inspiration for this entire quilt.
I had no intention of making this quilt all from one fabric line, but when I was staring at all the yummy bolts of Echo up close I just swooned. I chose 4 different prints from the line and added some Kona Sage to the star fabrics. I was looking at solids for the background fabric and was choosing between a couple different shades of gray when I overheard Lauren talking about the Kaffe Fassett shot cottons that she had in stock. I adore these but never bought any for my stash because I wasn't sure where I would use them. Then the lightbulb went off! And I found the most gorgeous shot cotton - the perfect blend of turquoise and orange - to use as the backing fabric for these blocks.
I am really so excited to see how these blocks turn out. And I want to thank my fellow Sewn Together members in advance on helping me with this one. You guys rock!