Blogging around I found the blog of a lady called Jessica that started this quilt-along. Have a look at her blog here. She started a Flickr group where all the ladies taking part in the quilt along upload photo's of their progress. Have a look here. So after this find, I started to get organised to take off on this project. I happen to have a perfect little folder to put everything in (Thanks Annemarie,!! Remember the Vichi-free-samples-folder you gave me a few years ago?)
All the plastic diamond templates, fabric diamonds, needles, thread, threadcutter etcetera fits in there snuggly!
I have decided to make a quilt with scrappy-stars. So each star will be made up out of 6 different fabric diamonds. I have cut the plastic templates out of No-Melt Mylar Template Plastic. I cut 6 60dgr diamonds out of all my left-over fabrics or not yet used fabrics. I intended not to buy any new fabrics since we're moving soon but as you can imagine that didn't go as planned ;-).
The way to go is: you lay a plastic template on the fabric diamond, fold over the sides. Slide over a paperclip for temporarly fixation (in the photo I used a hairpin because I couldn't find paperclips at that moment :-) ). With a needle and some thread you stitch the corners so they're attached. You'll end up with the diamonds on the bottom of the photo above.
When you have 6 diamonds folded&stitched, you'll hand-stitch them together and make them into a star.
To seperate the stars, there will be white diamonds in between.
And this is how they will fit into each other. It's actually quite addictive! Once you've started forming a star, you want to see it finished. And one that fits in there and so on.... Myrthe and Brent like to join in by arranging different diamonds into stars. I love it when they do that and have to think of a way to remember who 'made' which star. For now I've written their initial on the back but that will be covered up when I put on the backing. Mmmmmmmm.... If you have an idea!
My friends Jo, Ilse & Narelle kindly donated the fabrics in the photo underneath when they saw me working on this. How great is that!! Thanks heaps girls! Greatly appreciated.
This is how far I have got for now. I have 1 1/2 more stars ready to go in my folder (so need to go buy 3 more fabrics to finish off that 1/2 star ;-) ), then I have used each fabric once. 5 more pieces of each fabric to go!
This (photo above plus the 1 1/2 star to come) is what I call 'the 1st set'. Now I am preparing 'set 2', which means doing the folding&stitching around the templates. Set 2 will be 1 diamond of each fabric as well but then differently arranged. And so on with set 3, 4, 5 and 6 in the end. Make sure you'll keep posted to see how I go!