Seven Sisters unstitching progress

I have been working on my hand stitching project since Christmas.   I brought some new fabrics to make more starts and started tacking diamonds.  I carted it all the way around western Victoria, laid out all the pieces, admired it and then started unpicking!
 So the stars had been looking like this - this is a "sister", seven six pointed stars laid out in a hexagon  shape.  Dont ask what I am going to do about the missing triangle..havent figured that out yet!
I was going nuts trying to pick seven stars that didn't clash, had the right mix of light and dark and didn't replicate colours.  I am not great at true "just throw it in, random scrappy" even though I am a big Bonnie Hunter fan.  There is no pattern for this quilt, I am just making it up as I go (a sure fire remedy for disaster!) using a traditional pattern.
Recently my friends at After Dark Quilters approved my desire to give up scrappy and colour coordinate my reproduction stars.  Oh my heart is singing now, I did a little happy dance all the way home and couldn't sleep that night due to over thinking about colour.  All this week I have had  the lounge room floor covered in diamonds to mix and match them, even deciding to cast off completed stars that no longer appeal to me!  And I have been unpicking the completed "sisters" and the shirting diamonds that where the wrong pattern/colour combo.  But what fun I have had!  And boo hoo I have to go off to purchase more fabric as I don't have enough purples, such a hard life!!!
Happy quilting, Sue SA.


  1. I think they both look gorgeous. And Im applauding your commitment with all that hand stitching!

  2. Is it a bit easier doing this paper method instead of dealing with Y seams on the machine? It sure does look nice! I'm in the middle of sewing hexagons right now - last night my hand was SO sore from all that needle work!

    I feel SO badly that you need to buy more purple fabrics - LOL! Maybe you can fill in the empty triangle space with a piece of the background fabric so all the stars are floating? Hmmm....

  3. You know I love these, whatever you decide they will look beautiful. How is the Tripalong quilt going? Have fun shopping for purples, I love purple but find it hard to buy nice purples that aren't novelty prints.

  4. Both versions are great, but I think I prefer the second set. I wonder what they'll be when they grow up?

  5. All the best with your hand stitching, I can't imagine doing that, I need a machine!

  6. Way to go! I bet you finish it in no time now that you know exactly how you want it to go together. Nice that you got to go shopping too!


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