I finished the first 8 blocks for the Beothuk Star QAL sponsored by Sandra at mmm!quilts. There is a linky party this week with prizes (ending midnight, May 21) so you could still get going and make the first 8 blocks! It is called the Beothuk Star because of a tragic story, but one that is now forever in my memory too. OOPs, almost forgot to mention that these blues were hand dyed by Becca @ Pretty Piney. They are really gorgeous and I am thrilled to be using them.
We need to be reminded of these stories and women like Shanawdithit, the last survivor of the now extinct Beothuk or red indians. You can find out more about them in the Canadian encylopedia or Wikepedia. The name red indian came from their use of powdered red ochre, with which they painted their canoes, household items and themselves. I feel that I will need a red version of this one day to honor their memory and their obsession with the color red. Furthermore, I am intrigued by their possible connection to the Mi’kmaq, prevelant in Maine, and that there may still be blood lines from the intermarriage of this tribe. I hope it is true, that there is some remnant left in their ancestors that live today.
Back to the QAL. There were maybe 96 HST in this section! I have to confess, however, that I am not afraid when there are HST to work with. If I can’t use my Accuquilt or Sizzix dies – which is my preference – then I know I can use these two tools. First up is the Clearly Perfect Angles*. NEVER again do I draw a line on a HST. That means, I can get right down to sewing! HOORAY.
Half square triangles are even more fun with this tool, Clearly Perfect Slotted Trimmerss. It is the way I trim all triangles. I love this tool as there are 2 rulers that can trim every size between 1 1/2″ to 6 1/2″. It is so fast to trim and then press those perfect pieces.
This is my May 2019 Monthly Color Challenge from Jen’s blog. I did lime in the first one, so I made this one a little more on the green side. I love the animals and can’t wait to see how I wind up putting it together.[Side note – in my haste to do this block, I did one from memory with 4 HST that finished at 4″ – doesn’t work does it! I will do something with them at the end of the project]
I am on the road today, and will be in Pennsylvania for a few days. My aunt is having surgery and I am there to help. Fortunately for me, I was able to bring a new to me featherweight so I could have something to sew on. More on this sweet machine later.
There will be one more blog entry this week on – one of my quilts for Hands2Help and then they will be off in the mail. I’m not sure what my time will be like but I have either writing or sewing to do, so I am set.
Baby Charm Quilt
Washing the Bosal batting
Sewing machine names – SS Tabitha and Boo (Beulah)
Design to a quilt – how do I do it