She mailed out a piece of this rose and plaid fabric to people who were ready to play, along with the suggestion to do a twist on the traditional, or something modern, or...
Call it ugly, call it pretty. You can certainly call it an intriguing challenge.
And I had an idea in mind--one that definitely hit a point where I felt like I was trying to pound a square peg in a round hole, but ultimately came up with a solution.
I started by pulling these fabrics:
I tried to grab some brighter versions of the colors in the fabric, as well as some batiks to counteract the dated look of the plaid/roses and color scheme.
I made monochromatic fabric:
And then I started cutting diamonds to create my idea, a Lone Star. Here is the initial layout.
I have never made a Lone Star before, and I feel like it's some sort of rite of initiation; similar to reading Moby Dick if you're an English major. (Oops, never did that!) I kind of just winged (wung?) it as I cut diamonds, and when I got to this point, I liked what I had, but I realized it needed to be bigger or smaller to create just eight points. Or not a true Lone Star. And if it stayed this way, how on earth was I going to piece it to a background??
So I played around a bit more.
Smaller star with plaid in the center.
Smaller star with plaid in the outer points.
Smaller star with bright backgrounds to "modern" it up. Just wasn't feeling it--not enough contrast between the star and background.
I even tried to do just a quarter Lone Star. It just wasn't working.
Here's where my square peg, round hole analogy comes in. I was determined to make this idea work. I wasn't willing to scrap the idea and try something different. Flexible, aren't I?
I decided I was trying too hard and set it aside for a few days. When I came back to it, I made this:
Thanks for a fun challenge, Victoria!
p.s. Linking up to share with Fabric Tuesday over at Quilt Story.