My third new project this week is another English Paper Piecing project, Texas Star:
There are probably dozens of different quilts called "Texas Star." This one is from the 1940s, and was one of the projects in the first quilting book I ever bought, Scrap Quilts by Judy Martin (1985).
There are three quilts in this book that are on my quilting bucket list, however everything in the book is done from templates, and I never got the hang of them. I would not be a quilter today if we were still piecing from templates!
I did try, though. I started this quilt back in the late 80s using samples of home decor fabric, sewn on the machine. I abandoned the yellow middles almost immediately, but I did manage to make around 200 stars. I didn't get very far with joining them together though, and it became my second quilt UFO. I found it all in my big stash clean-out 18 months ago. Both this one and my first UFO from the late 70s went in the garbage. Some of you may cringe at the thought, but for me it was very helpful to start fresh(er).
So when I discovered English Paper Piecing, this quilt immediately came to mind. The original is based on 1.5" diamonds, but I wanted to make it a little smaller, so I am using 1.25" diamonds and 5/8" hexagons and jewels. I emailed the people at Paper Pieces to ask about a custom order for the 5/8" jewels, and they were able to accomodate me immediately. It did not even cost any more than a regular stock item, and they are now permanently added to their website. I just love this company!
I have bought a little fabric for this quilt, but mostly I plan to use up the 1930s reproductions in my stash. In the book Martin calls the mix of colours and use of black "far from ideal," but to me that is part of the charm, so I am hoping to duplicate the look.
None of my tv projects recently have involved fabric, so it is nice to be back to it again. Do you think I have enough to do now?