Starry Night QAL - August, EPP Stars

It's time to update our progress on the Starry Night QAL hosted by Alida. I've been really busy this summer, so it's been rare that I can meet with the quilting gals in town. Needless to say, I was only there once this month - so I don't know how they did on the blocks, but I got 2 of mine done, YAY!

August blocks in the blue/red colourway

I tried EPP a few years ago as part of a BOM I participated in at Craftsy. I didn't think I would enjoy it at all - I had moved away from hand stitching due to elbow and wrist injuries. What a surprise when I could do short sessions of EPP while at my son's swimming lessons or waiting at the doctor's office! The supplies for several blocks easily fit into a sandwich bag that tucks into a pocket. I have a large project which will eventually be a tablecloth, providing my son continues needing my chauffeur skills for the next 7 or so years ;)

mini stars in blue

I'm not sure that I liked the large size of these pieces. Previously I worked with hexagons of much smaller diameter that were easier to maintain the precise points. Part of the problem is that these templates were hand drawn and cut as well. I don't mind the holes in the centre though because this quilt has many opportunities for button and embroidered embellishments.

Large 8 point beige star

I found these very large diamond pieces hard to baste. I usually try to shortcut the basting process by dabbing a bit of glue stick to the centre of the shape then do a lock stitch at each corner. For these diamonds I had to also do a loose zig-zag from side to side on the back to hold the edges in. It didn't work that well, so I should have basted the old fashioned way going through the foundation paper and fabric, then removing the basting stitches later. These blocks are not perfect, but it looks OK.

The girls have been working on older month's releases. Donna was enjoying the star gathering texture block and the pin tuck block. Mary was fighting with the 3-way fabric weaving technique. I hope to update all of our progress next month!

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