I am happy to be a part of the blog hop for the book You Can Quilt! Building Skills for Beginners today. This book is by my long-time friend Leila Gardunia and Marlene Oddie. Leila and I have been online friends almost since I began this site 5 years ago and we were finally able to meet in person a few weeks ago at Market. You Can Quilt! is a book based on Leila's popular Skill Builder Sampler that took place in 2011.
The book is chock full of quilting skill builder classics. It starts off easy with the basics and works it's way up to some challenging blocks. Think you've tried it all? One glance at the table of contents and I bet you'll find several blocks to try out to expand your repertoire. I really like that the book has 3 different quilt blocks (an easy, medium, and hard) for each skilled technique. It's a great way to practice and build up your nerve to try new things.
Oi! Do not attempt this block while you are tired. Or when you have false confidence from rocking a 12 Y-seam block in the past 2 weeks. Lone Star = Game Face. I made these mistakes, and it wasn't until Lelia very nicely asked me in the instructions of the book to double check the position of my dark and medium colored diamonds, that I realized I'd sewn 7 of 8 four-patch diamonds together incorrectly! Oh man. I needed to walk away from my studio that night. Have you ever had one of those nights? It's best for everyone to just walk away.... :) Since so many were already sewn, I decided to go with it. I didn't want to unpick so many diamonds that were liable to get pulled out of shape. This block should have red at the tips and blue in the center like the photo above.
Here's my version. Pretty, but not quite the lone star you think of. Still a pretty star. :)
Sewn by Leila to enter the giveaway.
Be sure to follow along with the Blog hop this week.
Blog Hop Schedule:
Nov. 16th - Lee (freshlypieced.com)
Nov. 17th - AnneMarie (genxquilters.com)
Nov. 18th - Leanne (shecanquilt.ca)
Nov. 19th - Julie (thatssojulie.blogspot.com)
Nov. 20th - Lyn (guest blogger at flourishingpalms.blogspot.com)