Dark Matter

At our Maple Beach quilt retreat last September Donna gave us each a fat eighth bundle of six fabrics. She challenged us to make something with it in time for our September 2019 retreat.  I had added this to my list of things to do and now I can actually cross it off!  One of the pieces didn’t work with what I wanted to do so I will use it on the back for a label.

I wanted to make the Drunkard’s Path quilt from the Scrap Basket Quilts book by Better Homes & Garden 2002.  It was to be finished at 26 1/2″ but I did a few changes and it measures out at 24.” The template ruler I used was a 4″ finish and I didn’t use a border. One of the things on my list to do is to finish hand quilting my Maple Leaf Rag quilt from 2009. (After 10 yrs it definitely needs to be finished) The reason I bring that up is that I also wanted to hand quilt this small project. I feel it will get my fingers ready for the big push. ;)

I chose this Star Heart template for the centre of the quilt and used the inside star for the solid blue squares. I did an outline stitch on the rest of the pieces.

In my stash of batiks I found a green & blue piece that worked perfectly for a binding. I even hand stitched it down!

<—- This is the original design and the one here —–> is my version. I really like the way the corner blocks give a secondary roundness to the whole quilt. It reminds me of planets in a galaxy.  Dark Matter —->

galaxy is a gravitationally  bound system of stars, stellar remnants, interstellar gas, dust, and dark matterthe primary evidence for dark matter is that calculations show that many galaxies would fly apart instead of rotating, or would not have formed or move as they do, if they did not contain a large amount of unseen matter.” Wikipedia

I like to think of the Maple Beach Quilters as a galaxy. Till September 2019.  Dark Matter, it’s what keeps us all together.

Happy Quilting…Valerie Raye

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