Monday, June 16, 2014

Back from the North!

Lucky Stars Mini photo by Elizabeth Dackson/Don't Call Me Betsy IMG_0768rt_zpsfde06bc3.jpg

I didn't realize it was possible to have cold weather after June 1st, but on my trip to Minnesota last week, I was super thankful I had packed a light coat! While I was in town for the Minnesota Quilt Show, I trekked into downtown St. Cloud to find coffee. I was able to find a cute little coffee shop, Central Perk, but along the way, I found myself in windy 50 degree weather. Normally, that would be nice and refreshing, but when you've been in 90+ degree weather for many weeks, 50 feels a lot colder than it used to. After my first coffee trip, I came prepared, with my hoodie to help keep me warm, but it was awfully nice to feel the brisk Minnesota wind. I had a lovely trip to Minnesota, in spite of a couple of minor travel snafus, and I had a great time teaching there!

Twirl City block by Elizabeth Dackson/Don't Call Me Betsy

I wanted to share a new mini I made for my paper piecing class, Discover the Joy of Paper Piecing - this little mini uses three Lucky Stars blocks from the 2013 Block of the Month club plus a bonus block that has not been part of either the 2013 or 2014 club (pictured above). I love the look of a beautiful paper pieced block in solids, but I wanted to have fun with the background, so I snagged a fun black and white pin dot from my stash for the background. I think it gives the blocks a less serious, harsh look than they would have otherwise, while still leaving the blocks crisp and graphic. I had such a great time with this class. It was a great group of students, and I can't wait to teach it again soon. In the meantime, I can't wait to find a place to hang this little mini until the next time I teach this class!

Pinball Swirl block by Elizabeth Dackson/Don't Call Me Betsy photo IMG_0780_zpsb9fb9385.jpg

Quilt Stats
name: Lucky Stars Jr
size: 24" square
pattern: three Lucky Stars 2013 blocks plus one bonus unreleased block
fabrics: assorted Kona solids and black on white pin dot
quilting: meandering stipple in 50 wt white (#2024) Aurifil
binding: black pin dot on white to match background of mini

3 comments:

  1. Central Perk? Phoebe Buffay called and asked for her joke back ;).

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  2. Love this! The solids do make it "sing".

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  3. That's what I was thinking rappy! :D It's an homage to Friends! lol

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