Sunburst Star Bag

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Thank you so much everyone, for the get well wishes, all those good vibes definitely helped!  I finally started feeling a lot better earlier this week, after almost a week and a half of being sick.  Now only a little sniffle and a bit of stuffy head remains.  Last week I planned out my one-block WIPs, and I am very happy to share the first finished project with you today.  I started to work on it slowly as the cold left me.

 

 

 

Before that though, I have something to share with you.  A couple of days ago, I received a package at the front door.  My friend Kris had sent me a surprise feel-good package.  This is not the first time she has done it either.  Unbeknownst to her, I have been more than a little upset by current affairs lately.  The kind gesture made me intrinsically happy.  Something must also have gotten into my eyes at the same time to make them a bit misty!  I am very thankful for all the lovely, supportive friends I have made here.

 

 

 

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So, with a warm heart I started working on turning this Sunburst Star block into a bag.  The colours are my favourite part of this block,  specially the background fabric.  The nebulous texture of it directed the choices I made for the rest of the bag. 

 

 

 

 

Ever since I picked that background fabric for the star, I knew I wanted to make a night-sky-themed project with that block.   Weather permitting, I love to spend time outside watching the night sky.  I took this photo of the galactic centre quite awhile ago when I first started fiddling with the camera and the telescope.  I found the perfect fabric to remind me of that.

 

 

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One look at my fabric shelf, and I knew this Stonehenge fabric had to be the accompanying fabric.  It also emphasises the blue and the purple from the block.  The back of the bag is completely made of that fabric.

 

 

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Because of the colours of the star block, I had a choice of a warm or cool palette.  I wanted to use the silver strap and the rings, so I opted for a cool palette and picked a lavender zipper instead of a yellow one.  I also found this little charm in my cabinet, which became a perfect zipper pull for this bag.

 

 

 

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You would not believe how happy I am with this bag.  I wanted to use my paper pieced blocks on projects other than quilted ones.  I designed this bag ‘pattern’ with that in mind.  This way I can also have bags that are a lot more akin to my personality.  The Sunburst Star bag definitely feels like a piece of the night sky that I love to explore with my telescope.

The Sunburst Star quilt pattern is available in my shop if you wish to make one.

Happy Sewing,
-Soma

 

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Stars make everything bright and beautiful.  That’s probably why we keep using stars in our quilts.  Sunburst Star was a specially-requested pattern.  Since the day I made it and sent it off, I wanted to make this block for myself.  I had a pretty clear idea about the colours, and I was very happy to find all the right fabrics in my stash.  Although I am not very fond of batik prints, I bought the outer fabric because it makes me think of nebulas and stars.

I made the pattern for a 14″ piece to make it easier to sew.  As I was drafting the pattern, quite by serendipity, the little tips got added to the inner star.  The person I made it for was happy with the changes, but they can be completely ignored for simpler piecing.

 

 

This block was my One Monthly Goal link-up for July.  During this busy summer I am glad to have finished it early.  Now I can link up at the end of the month!

 

 

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Of course, I had to play with the colours a little.  I changed the inner and outer stars to have one or two colour combinations.  Add the tips to them and you get even more variety!  The Sunburst Star quilt pattern is available in my shop.  I currently have only one handmade bag that fits my iPad, so I will be making another bag with this star block.

 

 

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The second star is courtesy of Sara Lynn.  She made this block using my Starlight Diverging pattern.  The fabrics she used are satin, taffeta, brocade and raw silk.

 

 

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Sarah Lynn is an exquisite quilter, I just had to include this close-up photo of the quilting.  You can see the finished project here at her website, Sarah Lynn Quilting.  Make sure to browse a little to admire her lovely applique and quilting work.

 

 

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I also have a giveaway winner from the Harry Potter QAL introductory post.  Lori Smanski is the winner of this little bundle.  Congratulations!!!  I will email you shortly.

I decided not to pursue any outside sponsors for this event and fully sponsor it myself.  I will do a couple more giveaways along the way, so there will be other chances to win.  Make sure to follow and play along.

 

 

 

 

I will see you on July 18th for the 12 Days Of Christmas in July Blog Hop!  Check out Sarah’s page for the list of participants.  The blog hop started today.  There are lots of wonderful ideas there that you will not want to miss.

Have a crafty week,
-Soma

 

 

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