Welcome to L’Fair Quilts! I’m a wife, mom, quilter and pattern designer for Black Cat Creations. Following a 41-year career with local government, retirement has now afforded me time for new quilting adventures. Much to my surprise, the transition has been easy.
Back in 2011, I designed "Stars Over Scott" as a way to use up Half Square Triangles -- there are 168 HSTs in this top, nothing else. The Top comes together easily and when a call comes in for an Emergency Quilt of Valor, it is a great "Go-To" pattern.
Finished Size: 72" X 84" (used 6 1/2" HSTs)
Every so often, I will search Google, or Pinterest and find a new "Stars Over Scott" someone else has made. It doesn't matter what size HST you use, the results are always the same. The above version is without a border .... however below is one I made in 2013, with borders because I used smaller HSTs. (Donated for Breast Cancer Awareness).
The 2 1/2" strip scrap bin is still full .... as I have only added 3 more blocks. As soon as possible, I will pull out all of the long strips (brights only) and start matching them up into strip sets.
TheQuilt Of Valor below that has taken over the sewing room, was loaded on the long arm, basted, then quilted. I used my pattern "Stars Over Scott", for a quick finish. Once the binding and label is done, it will be off to California for a young veteran, whose service we are so thankful for.
The "Stars Over Scott", uses 6" (finished) half square triangles, and measures 72" X 84" -- since I used larger HSTs, I omitted the borders. The great thing about this pattern, you can use any size HST you want to achieve the quilt size needed.
The addition of the pink has blended this collection and added a little brightness. Years ago (late 1990s), I took a class from Little Quilts author Mary Ellen Von Holt. I never forgot her recommendation to add "Pink" to a very scrappy quilt (even masculine quilts).... she is so right! I never forgot that little tidbit.
Not much done regarding Scrap Control...I had a request for an emergency Quilt of Valor. Sometimes a little recognition of a veteran's service can bring a good day to an otherwise challenged period. I will show more later on when the blocks go on the wall -- right now, I'm just chain sewing half square triangles.
In addition, our host Sarah, Confessions of a Fabric Addict, has called for the last link-up of H2H quilts...my quilt has been shown before (including a tutorial), however it is time to say good by as it travels to Utah for Happy Chemo.
The block rows are labeled and pulled off the wall ready for assembly.
It is now time for another scrappy project to use up the 2 1/2" strips. It is the largest stash of scraps and needs to be tamed. I am working on several projects and will need a "leader ender" to keep them moving.
I enjoyed using the 45 degree template (3 1/2") to make the 6 1/2" Kitchen Sink blocks, so I think I may use a 5 1/2" template to make 10" (finished) blocks. This will require (2) 2 1/2" strips and (1) 1 1/2" strip. The only problem, I will have to determine if I have enough 26" strips (required to make 8 matching wedges). If not, the blocks will be scrappier...which is ok with me.