X BindingMy stash proved invaluable yet again with what I think is the most perfect binding fabric for the Asterisk quilt, if I do say so myself! I knew I had a blue/green in the buckets to choose from but to find a print that creates an X when folded over was a bonus. Usually it takes a few sessions to hand stitch the binding on but I was so excited that I sat and sewed continuously until it was done. My hands have yet to recover - not the smarted move on my part but there was no stopping.
Trying to do too much in one little block designThis picture detail is of my experimental Extended Bar Asterisk block. I like to modify and play around to try and bring to life what is envisioned in my head. This was a near miss but it still blends well with the overall scrappy, modern quilt.
My husband thinks that the horizontal and vertical bars should extend out further than the diagonal ones to more accurately represent an asterisk and I agree. The problem I ran into was trying to mix a double bar design and stay within the 12.5 size - because the inserts were especially large, it grew too big quickly. This concept deserves a revisit for another project.
If you are not already a fan and follower of Amanda's blog be sure to check it out. Funny story: I was looking in my old, old bookmarks for something totally unrelated to quilting and ran across a link to one of her tutorials from way back - before my flickr days.