Two years ago I was blogging this quilt extensively because I wanted to link up my progress with Jessica Alexandrakis’s Star Count. Kinda feels like a million years ago.
I have this thing where, I reeeallly have to push myself to finish things, even when they are 92% done. So this had been sitting around unbound for quite a while. The push finally came with an entry deadline I didn’t want to miss. The quilt was accepted and last week hung at the Pennsylvania National Quilt Extravaganza in Philadelphia. I have attended that show for more than a decade and entering something was always a goal.
New-ish to me was writing a little statement to go with the quilt. It was hard to fit all the thoughts and emotions that go into a quilt into one little paragraph. And the theme of the show was “evolving,” and I didn’t even get to touch on that idea. Here’s what I wrote:
This quilt began in anticipation of my daughter’s birth. I pieced the stars while homeschooling my older kids, then, while nursing baby Vivian. Next I floated the stars in a sea of pale hexagons. So many hexagons, and most were made with sleeping baby on my lap. I began to realize that this quilt is a reflection on life; bright shining moments surrounded by many more ordinary moments. The ordinary ones are no less beautiful.
I used every one of the 75 words allotted and could have said much more about technique, ideas, and how the style of this quilt fits into the theme of the show. I would have liked to hear more about the other quilts on display as well; wish there was a way for more to be said.
Anyway, I thought it would be fun to go back and round up some progress shots of this, since it’s been so long in the making.
Did you/ will you celebrate the Winter Solstice this year? Here on the east coast of the US it was at 11:49 last night; for Europe it was early this morning. The longest night and the shortest day of the year. It’s not an event my family has ever really celebrated, but every year I imagine us making the time to mark the event. I picture a day of peace and simple beauty. A bundled-up nature walk in the low afternoon sun, a crackling fire, a special homemade stew. New pajamas? We did have a lovely soup for dinner last night but otherwise we didn’t break from the rush of this season. Next year, we keep saying…
I did gather myself together long enough last night to list my Winter Solstice template pack in my Etsy shop. I love how the star looks almost like a snowflake. My sweet friend Carissa came up with the name for me many months ago and so I thought I should list the templates for sale in honor of the night.
There are three pack sizes, containing enough templates for 1, 2, or 9 stars. The star finishes 17″ high and 15″ wide, and can be appliqued onto an 18″ pillow or quilt block or set together with 1″ hexagons and 1″ 60 degree diamonds. Or, it can “float” alone in a sea of as many 1″ hexagons as you like! If you want to make the 58″x64″ layout shown below, you will need a large pack of Winter Solstice stars, a large pack of 1″ hexagons, and a small pack of 1″ diamonds. You also need a few 1″ equilateral triangles for the edges, which I include for free with your package. If you are doing a smaller layout and only need a few diamonds/ triangles, let me know in the notes to seller and I’ll just throw them in for free 🙂
So here she is, Winter Solstice. If you have any winter solstice traditions or have heard of any nice ones, I would love to hear about it!