I pay attention to the amount of sunlight we get each day. Or the lack thereof. Yes, I don't live in Alaska or Scandinavia. Still, November and December are too dark for me. I look forward to the shortest day of the year because that means that the days will be getting longer after that!
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|
|Fabricadabra by Paula Nadelstern|
Back to my story about my Winter Solstice Block: I wanted a hexagon shaped sun (what's new about that, huh?) So, in order to capture the entire motif and not ruin the one next to it, I had to cut my freezer paper hexagon at 11" for a finished height of 10-1/2". Why freezer paper? So I could center and cut the panel.
|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|
And I put these stars into a ring with another of those Fabricadabra panels in the center.
|Circle of Stars using Fabricadabra fabrics|
And then I had a few of the little ones remaining and used them as centers in my Grandmother's Flower Garden blocks:
|Using the little panels as the centers of some GFG blocks|
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!