Sunday, August 15, 2021

Lone Star--Out of Time Out

Pinning the intersections
I had planned to begin piecing the Santa tree skirt that I cut out months ago. I wanted to use all of my ironing station to layout the block sections. This Lone Star project, however, was in the way because it was resting on the half of the station. 

I started this Lone Star project in a Saturday Workshop last January. I posted about my progress at the end of April. I could put it away which would mean out of sight, out of mind. Or, I could finish piecing the strips together. I decided to finish piecing the strips.

Why I stopped working on the Lone Star was that I was having difficulty matching the intersections. All the ripping and restitching was painful so I put the project in time out! I figured three months was a long enough break.

Auditioning  a variety of colors and tones
This time, I again placed a tic mark on the quarter inch mark at the seams. I pinned the seams together. Then I basted each intersection. If I needed to readjust the fabric, I had six to ten stitches to remove. When I had basted all of the intersections in a strip, I stitched it. This process, while taking some time, worked better for me. Along the way, I did manage to flip a few pairs and sew the wrong edges together. I did get to rip a bunch of long seams. Sigh. . .

The good news was that I did get myself back on track. It was nice to see the pairs of strips come together to reveal a whole star leg! When I pulled the fabrics from my stash for this project, I planned a cream fabric for the setting squares and triangles. The teacher commented that it would work. I thought cream because I could do some fun pattern with the quilting. Other class participants set their lone stars into bold prints while others used fabrics that read as a solid in purples, grays and blues. Perhaps, cream was boring and perhaps, choosing a fabric with color would make this project feel more modern. 

Half of the design
Since my goal is to use from stash, I looked through what I have on hand. Sometimes, I'll audition a fabric that isn't enough.That fabric will be a color I like which is helpful when I go to shop for the fabric. In my head, I thought a bluish purple or an orange. . .well, neither of those were the "one." I went to the local quilt shop and found a blue that seemed to want to be "the one." I bought it!

Picking the fabric for setting squares and triangles was goal number eight on my July goal list. I reviewed YouTube videos about figuring the math for the triangles and squares as well as setting the triangles and squares into the star legs. I cut the setting triangles; but, I didn't have enough fabric to cut all of the setting squares. I needed about 23 inches to cut each square so I wasn't able to cut two squares out of each width of fabric. I was short two squares of fabric. I'll purchase more fabric next week to finish setting the squares. 

When I laid out the star legs, I discovered that the striped center configuration was not pleasing to my eye. I hadn't considered how not fussy cutting the stripes would alter the look of the project. I rotated the legs until I could see a swirl in the center of the star. The movement, draws my eye to the center of the quilt. That center, by the way, went together perfectly! 
Set in corner

I was curious how the blue would look as the background fabric. I was also curious about how well I could set in those triangles and squares. Sometimes Y seams can be "fiddly!" Regarding the latter, the videos helped with the setting in process. I had no issues with those often dreaded Y seams. It does lie flat although it doesn't look like it from the photo! 

Please leave me a comment to let me know what you think of my background fabric choice. It sure is bold! I love the joyful feeling the blue gives to the project.

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Regarding COVID: 
Worldwide: 207M cases; 4.36M deaths
United States: 36.7M cases; 621K deaths
Oregon: 238K cases; 2,958 deaths

In Oregon, the COVID cases and hospitalizations are rising at such an alarming rate that the governor mandated mask wearing indoors again. The southern portion of the state has exceeded hospital capacity. Elective surgeries are once again being canceled. The national guard is setting up field hospitals to handle the case loads. The cases are more than 90% unvaccinated people. Sixty-two percent of the population has received at least one dose of the vaccine. Fifty-seven percent of the population is fully vaccinated. 

Two more squares to piece
When I was at the library earlier this week, there were two maskless ladies manning a table in the foyer. They were available to answer questions about the vaccine and to share locations where to receive the vaccine. Because I was masked, they assumed I was unvaccinated. When I explained that I had been fully vaccinated since January, I watched them sit straighter in their chairs. When I explained that I worked in a hospital, their eyes widened. 

One asked, why are you wearing a mask and why are you standing six feet away from us? I replied, because people not wearing a mask are either vaccinated or not. I continued, "While the adults in my immediate family are fully vaccinated, my grandchildren are not old enough to be vaccinated. I wouldn't want to inadvertently pass COVID to them nor would I want to inadvertently pass the virus to any of my co-workers." (I watched their eyebrows shoot up toward their hairlines at the conclusion of my comment.)

One perfect center

There are more and more cases of vaccinated people testing positive for COVID. Yes, they are sick; but, thankfully they are generally not sick enough to need hospital care. Some people have been carriers of the virus. In other words, they have been infected with the virus but not shown any symptoms of it. They didn't get sick; but, passed it to members in their household/pod who did get sick and have symptoms. 

The college aged son of a police officer came down with the virus. All in the family were fully vaccinated. Through testing, the police officer dad had the virus; but showed no symptoms. The other two family members never tested positive. 

The fully vaccinated daughter of a quilting friend came down with the delta variant. She works in an outdoor environment and has no idea where she contracted it. Two days later, her dad who has a number of underlying health issues, exhibited symptoms and tested positive for the variant. Two days after her dad's symptoms, her mom exhibited symptoms and tested positive for the variant. All were sick. The dad exhibited the most severe symptoms. So far, her unvaccinated children are not exhibiting COVID symptoms. After two weeks, all are feeling better. Thanks to the vaccine, none in that multi-generational household needed hospital care. 

Wearing a mask, especially on hot days, is uncomfortable; but, it is preferable to not contracting the virus. I'll continue to avoid groups and if I choose to attend an activity, I will be wearing a mask.


Mereknits said...

Please tell me those women were not that ignorant, why are people not taking this seriously and masking up? As you know my middles son got it and has recovered and he was vaccinated. It just makes no sense that people at this point do not know what to do and what is happening. Gah!!!! It makes me so crazy. By the way I love the blue, it is an interesting color choice and it makes the design really pop out. Good luck and stay safe.

Jocelyn is Canadian Needle Nana said...

Hi Terry, thank you for your post which I enjoyed reading this morning. I think this lone star piece you are working on is turning out beautifully and so happy you got it out again to work on. I am not great at deciding on colours but to me, the blue looks great.
Here in Ontario we just fully opened up again after almost two years. Masks are still being mandated though in all public indoor places. I'm fully vaccinated and the family too but we are all wearing our masks everywhere as a precaution esp. now with the Delta variant on the rise. Here folks are all on board with that from what I'm seeing. Yes to wearing your is definitely a way to keep all people safer. said...

Jocelyn, I was happy to see portions of Canada open since the Provences have been under strict precautions for about two years. That is such a long time to be away from family and friends who live in a neighboring Provence! I'm glad that the mask wearing in your area is better accepted than it seems to be here. That blue continues to grow on me. My fingers are crossed that when I get the other two squares attached I will be happy with the progress that I made! Thanks for sharing about what is happening in your area! said...

Mere, Personally, I'd feel more comfortable if there were more people wearing masks. In my quilting friend's case, that is a multigenerational household. It is a household that has taken the effects of the virus seriously. They were surprised to have been infected. The more that I see the blue, the more I like it. I've been working on a black/grey and white project and perhaps this bright blue is too bright for me! LOL I'm glad that your son recovered. It is a nasty virus. I will be staying masked.