I spent a good part of the time before retreat preparing - getting paper pieced templates prepped, sorting the right number of scraps by color, gathering as many black fabrics as possible - so that when I finished the Little One top, I could jump right into my Alphabet Tilted Stars. These are some of my favorites so far:
Even with all the prep and working two stars at a time, these blocks take a decent amount of time to put together. Paper piecing combined with partial seams makes you take your time a bit, and it also took me until I finished about 4 blocks or so before I figured out the most economical way to cut and position my black background fabrics to minimize waste. I'd estimate that two finished blocks take about an hour and a half from fabric cutting to finished block.
But I really love how they are coming out. I worked and worked and worked on these blocks from Saturday through Sunday of the retreat and got over half of my letters done. Now I'm hoping to finish at least two blocks per week until they are all finished. Sorry for the lousy cell photo, but I didn't think to whip out my "real" camera until they were all off the design wall.
I know I've mentioned this before, but I get asked where this block comes from every time that I post pictures. In case you want to try this for yourself, this is the Tilted Star paper pieced pattern from the book Vintage Quilt Revival. This book is fabulous - I want to try at least 3 or 4 different projects from it!
And by the way, this is one of those projects where I didn't have a recipient in mind - just an idea of a great finish. But let me run something by you all because I need opinions here!! I've been wracking my brain for a good idea for a few months now on a good quilt for my daughter's kindergarten teacher for the end of the school year, but nothing seemed quite right. But as I was laying all of the finished blocks out last week, it occurred to me that a) an alphabet quilt for a kindergarten teacher could be kind of cute (or maybe she might even want to hang it in the classroom next year??) and b) she has nicknamed their class "the kindergarten rock STARS". Could it be a perfect fit or is this a little too precious for a teacher's gift? What do you think??