How better to celebrate the Winter Solstice than to make a quilt block. Forget the pagan stuff swirling around this - I like the sun for the sunshine!
I began with one idea and it morphed into another, mainly because of my available fabrics. I was looking for a bright orange and found it in the Benartex Fabricadabra Collection by Paula Nadelstern. And then I saw that I had the companion panels and my creative juices began to flow.
|Fabracadabra panel, one motif of three in a 42" cut|
|Freezer paper template - centering the design|
Cut out the motif . . .
|Motif cut for center of my Winter Solstice Sun. Motif will finish to 10-1/2" height|
Now for the sun's rays. I wanted orange, ok? Who says they have to be yellow (fire is really orange anyway). I strip pieced two strips along both lengths and then cut them using my Creative Grids 60 degree ruler.
|Cutting my strip-pieced units. Triangles will finish to 2-5/8". Strips cut to 3-1/8"|
|Adding an extra orange triangle to the 2-triangle unit|
|Diamonds cut from 3-1/8" strips using the 60 degree lines on my 6 x 12 ruler|
|Last 3 sides added|
|Here Comes My Sun|
|Welcome, Sun! I'll take an extra minute of sunshine every day from you!|
This is my new block that I call Double Star. Very easy to make and I have two quilts to share in the New Year I made using this pattern. All straight seam sewing. Absolutely NO Y-SEAMS!
|Double Star using Fabricadabra|
I will be sharing some details on my two 2016 BOM projects after Christmas. Stay tuned!