Monday, June 13, 2011

Chained Star Project: Part 1

It wasn't my intention to sleep the whole of last week like Rip van Winkle, but an old issue with back pain and muscle spasms made a surprise visit and the medications made me sleep most of the time.  But they did their job - the spasms are gone and the pain is mild enough to not need any medication, so it's time to get back to work and cram two week's worth of work into one.

Let's get back to the Chained Star project that I almost finished before my sewing machine died on me.  (That issue put me behind schedule before last week, so I guess I'm cramming three weeks of work into one - wish me luck!)

When assembling my block, I decided to create two mini pockets from the vertical rectangles at the top and bottom of the block.  To do this, I cut 2 extra rectangles and hemmed the top of each.

These were placed on top of the regular rectangles and sewn as one in the block as per directions in Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks.  The only tricky part was remembering to place the pocket opening for the bottom of the block the opposite way from the top.

The pockets are rather small, but as the saying goes: "great things come in small packages."  A great variety of tiny treasures can be tucked into these tiny pockets: nail clippers, jewelry, crayons, flash drives, micro cars, little love notes and maybe a frog or two.