After looking at several stripes to complete the center of the Di Ford Mystery I decided to use the stripe I purchased a few weeks ago while visiting my sister. Once I added it to the appliqued center I think I made a good choice. I really love the one shown in the pattern but am happy that my quilt will be unique.
I also started a pieced project using only fabrics from my stash. The majority of the fabrics are from the etchings line by a Moda. I had purchased a jelly roll, charm pack and then much later a layer cake as well as some yardage. And I still didn't know what to do with the fabric so the other day when I came across McCall's Quilting Make it Your Way Quilt along I decided I would finally crack into those fabrics. I have also added a few more fabrics, I just have difficulty making something out of just the fabrics from one line of fabric. This quilt uses several different scrappy blocks and here are the Friendship star blocks from part 3.
I was able to make all of these from the jelly roll by using the Easy Angle ruler. Finally I have figured out how to make HST from 2 1/2 inch strips that finish at 2 inches.
Part 4 is Diamond blocks and I really struggled with these. I decided to use my charm squares to cut the 3 3/4 " x 5" rectangles and then proceeded to cut them all diagonally in the same direction. Oops, half were to be cut in the opposite direction so I wasted half of the charm squares. And then despite careful sewing they were coming out small on one side. With lots of tweaking I finally figured how to make them work, well close enough, and I am so happy to be finished.
Actually it is nice to have a piecing project on the go again and this is a fun one though I am a little unsure of my fabric choices so far. But the setting is very different than in these photos so hopefully it will be OK.