Sweet Dreams – an unfinished lone star

I am enjoying sewing my Lone Star Tree Skirt along with many of you, and filming it has been a lot of fun.  One result, however, has been guilt over an unfinished lone star project I have.  After I released my Mod Lone Star pattern, I started another one in Anna Maria Horner’s Sweet Dreams fabrics. Life intervened and I put my carefully cut strips of diamonds in a box.

I got them out this week and sewed them together into diamonds.  I can’t remember which print I intended to put in the center, so I am testing the diamonds in both directions.  This is something I like to do every time I make a lone star, just to see what the star would look like both ways.  Nearly half of the time I end up sewing the star together opposite from how I planned it!

I like the purple in the second round of diamonds above.  It really stands out.  It’s interesting to see what the fabrics look like together at a distance compared to the greater contrast they seem to have up close (below).

Up close it looks like I have a great variety, but when I removed the color I learned that most of the fabrics are medium in value.  I have very little light and dark in this star.

That’s not a bad thing, especially since my goal was to work in a narrow color scheme.  But it’s an interesting lesson in value.  How does it look with the yellow points in the center?

I like this layout because each round of diamonds in the middle seem to stand out more.  I like the light pink.

The value is still mostly mediums in both layouts and there is no right or wrong choice.  I took a photo of both options below.  You can see how the value will be different with each option.

Either way, this quilt is going to be beautiful.  I want to participate in the Anna Maria Horner sew along on Instagram (#AMHsewalong). Sewing this star together will be a great way to do it.  It’s also making me wonder what it would look like to applique on top of the star….

What do you think?  Would you choose the yellow/gold center or the purple?

Happy Sewing,
Jennifer

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