I’m number 64 out of 100. Or at least I used to be – a month ago. My block date was switched due to Mother Nature and the great flood of 2016 here in Baton Rouge. So here I am today – a month later – rescheduled as block #64 and ready to go!
Oh my gosh - it seems like yesterday that I got an email from Pat Sloan and Jane Davidson with this idea of the Splendid Sampler, and they asked if I would like to join in the fun. What a fabulous idea – and of course I said yes. A six inch block was all that was needed, but I had to provide a little story about me along with the block! Hmmm. Well as anyone who knows me can attest, a LITTLE story usually isn’t what you get. I’m one of those folks who can’t stop talking once I get started. But I digress. (You see?)
I received a packet of fabrics in the mail from the Leaders of the Pack (aka Pat and Jane) and the fun began. I quickly chose the three that immediately caught my eye, and began the process of formulating the block! I knew it had to be an easy one – ‘cause that’s my ‘thing’, I knew it had to be fun – or why else do it, and I knew I had to have a story to accompany the block, and that’s when the idea hit me. “Rising Star” is all about my life as a quilter!
I started my journey in 1994, and am a self-taught quilter. I watched every episode of Simply Quilts that I could watch, read every quilting how-to book that I could read, and gathered as many tips and tricks from friends as I could gather. And slowly but surely, my style developed. The first block I attempted wasn’t perfect, but it was a start. My second one was better, the third was better than the second, and so on. In essence, each block and each quilt that followed was like a “Rising Star” – destined to be better than the last!! So this “Rising Star” block was born! If you look at the points, they aren’t fully formed – just like me! I’m still learning in this quilting journey each and every day. And in that journey – I’m rising – just like my star!! Here are a few pictures to show you the steps in the Rising Star block! Take a look, then hop on over to the Splendid Sampler facebook page to download my instructions. And Happy Quilting!!!