To finish off my 2015 finishes I’ve wrapped up a small paper pieced quilt I began at least five years ago at a workshop led by Shirley Stutz. I suspect her name will mean little to quilters outside Ohio as Shirley has no website or blog, and lives in rural Ohio. She’s of a certain age, and has stopped traveling. If you’re a fan of lone star quilts you may know her book, “Easy & Elegant Lone Star Quilts.”
However, Shirley’s approach to quilting is not exactly traditional. She wades into the drafting part of quilting with gusto and has innovative ways to use fabric. A past post I wrote about her shows some of her work. Here’s more of her work shown at a 2005 meeting of the Ohio Longarm Quilters. Note that Shirley can turn out contemporary and traditional quilts, and loves those little details.
But, back to that workshop on Shirley’s Wonder Star. With the help of freezer paper, Pattern Ease, an add a quarter inch ruler, and an iron; I completed my star wedges at the workshop. At home I used PaintStiks to add gold, bronze, and brown circles to my outer pink border, sewed the wedges together, tried and failed to figure out how to finish my star, put it in a drawer, and forgot about it.
Other UFOs and WIPs were piled on top of it. Some of those have been finished, but I never got to the bottom of the drawer until a month ago. With a guilty start, I realized I had been committing the sin of UFO rationalization – out of sight, out of mind. This little project had never been entered on my to-be-completed list.
I jumped on this excuse to procrastinate other, newer, projects. Rather than cut fabric up to turn the hexagon into a square or rectangle, I appliqued the hexagon onto the marbled background fabric, and then cut out the background fabric from behind it to lessen bulk. After I quilted it with a walking foot I couched gold metallic yarn around the hexagon’s edges. I’m sure this solution wouldn’t have occurred to me back then, but I suspect Shirley would have approved of it.