This week I took a break from my seemingly endless Storm at Sea piecing to put together a block for the Scrap Club at Intown Quilters in Decatur, GA. This terrific quilt shop has started a monthly program led by Taffy McLaughlin where we meet to learn about different techniques for using our scraps.
In January we worked on a sashing pattern of small squares set on point. The blocks in the pattern were 15" finished size before the sashing. I simplified mine to finish at 12" including the sashing.
This month we learned about using templates of different types. I really liked one of Taffy's samples with 8-point stars. Afterwards I came home and cut strips from many of my blue fabrics. I made strip sets of different reds and blues, then cut 45 degree diamonds from them. It has been great fun playing with the different ways I can arrange the pieces.
I am thinking I will use red and blue scraps with a light background fabric to make at least one block each month based on the demonstrations at the scrap club. These stars were so much fun that I might make several more. I hope to end up with enough different blocks to put together into a quilt at the end of the year.