(Added Friday, February 3: As busy as I was this week, turns out this is my only finish, so I'm linking up this post today with Amylouwho's Sew & Tell Friday and TGIFF at Missy Mac Creations.)
While they were away, I had a fun night of sewing with my son's girlfriend. Her mom has been planning an outfit for her to dance in a powwow at the end of March, and they want to applique a Lone Star on the back of the dance shawl. Would I mind helping her with it? LoL Silly girl.
It was my first attempt at a Lone Star, and I usually avoid sewing diamonds altogether, so I'll admit I was a little nervous about how it would turn out. Still, it couldn't hurt to try.
We started out with this photo for inspiration. We both really liked the swirly layout of the colors, even though it would make the assembly a bit trickier. A little more Googling brought us to "The Challenge of a Lone Star Quilt," an excellent tutorial (though slightly intimidating with repeated dire warnings about accurate 1/4" seams!)
Completely unsure if we were up to the task (at least I was unsure) -- we started a plan anyway. Tessa drew up and colored a diagram for the layout. (This would not be just a challenge, it would be a MEGA Challenge. LoL)
A quick trip to the fabric store, a stop at Subway for dinner, and we were back home cutting up fabric. Tessa laid out the units per her diagram.
Ta-daaah! Ready to sew.
The piecing went surprisingly well, though I'll admit my seam ripper got lots of use! The process went really fast with me sewing and Tessa ironing. Before long we had half of the units together:
So of course, we had to keep on going...
By 1:00 a.m. we were done (not to mention tired and silly!)
What is that random purple diamond doing in the middle? And those blues in the green row? We almost missed the two rows that were sewn in backwards. I think I wore that seam ripper out by the time we were done, but it's all fixed now. And finished!
A few rough spots here and there (curse those inaccurate 1/4" seams!), but not bad at all for a first try. It lays flat, so we're happy. LoL
Since I have never been to a powwow, I couldn't quite envision what the shawl would look like, so I did some more Googling this morning and found lots of info at the Crazy Crow Trading Post site, including this video from the Gathering of Nations Powwow:
Aren't those shawls beautiful? I'm excited to see Tessa's all finished -- and to see her dance!