February 16, 2014

Bali Wedding Star

This week saw me making a good start on the Bali Wedding Star Quilt.

Choosing the colourway for a quilt that is to be an important gift was for me quite daunting. I picked out a couple of packs of Bali Stips.
Then came another decision - Choose 11 sets of 8 colours shading from light to dark.

I came to the realisation that if ever I was to work with Pre-Cuts again I would open ALL the packets at once - Lay them out on the table, sort into colour grades THEN choose my fabrics.
(As opposed to choosing the colours one packet at a time.)

Once that was done it was just a case of Strip Piecing meets Foundation Piecing. So far - so good!

As I was powering through the first set of Arcs I wondered just how long this will take to make.
 (Given no interruptions or unexpected trips!!)

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Interruption No 1 - Go to hardware store to buy PVC pipe to add height to my cutting table.

Very simply - it is 4 x 1/2 meter lengths of plumbing pipe that is slipped on to the legs of the table.
The cross bar of the table braces the pipe and voila it is now 4 inches higher!
(DH put some end caps on the bottom - for 'feet' - just to finish it off.)

Now all I need to do is get myself settled and get on with it!


  1. The fabrics are beautiful. Have fun with your higher cutting table! I really need a higher one myself.

  2. That is a beautiful selection of colours. I'm sure they'll love it!

    Is the cutting table hack to save a sore back? (rhyme not intended) That's always been my issue with tables - not the right height for me to cut fabric on!

    1. In answer to your question - Yes raising the height of the tables was intended to help prevent any further back problems, especially with all the trimming I have ahead with the Foundation Paper Piecing projects I have planned. (It seems to be working!)

  3. As I sit here on the other side of the world in my pajamas, girding myself to take my second Judy Niemeyer workshop today, I just wanted to say how impressed I am that you are tackling this project on your own! Although from your other quilts, it appears that you are a master. Making rings for her patterns are fun. I've signed up for a monthly workshop (6 months) to make her Glacier Star. Wish me luck!