While I'm gone I thought I'd share a couple of pictures of the hand project that's been following me around the world the last couple of months. Inspired by the lovely Tonya over at Hillbilly Handiworks, I decided to kick my English paper piecing up a notch. She has been presenting an awesome series of English paper pieced blocks (called Ahhs), you guys should totally check it out.
I was getting bored with regular hexies, so I decided to make a block based on her Ahhh #4 Little Girl's Star and is a bit like Ahhhh #25, Seven Stars. She mentions that this block was first published in 1950. You should check out her version, I love the way she fussy cuts the fabric to give a nifty kaleidoscope/snowflake effect. I went with a more geometrical version.
The whole thing is about 7" across, so each of the pieces is pretty small. I thought it was going to be finished with this much (I figured I'd hand quilt it to be a mini-mini-quilt), but it just doesn't feel done. I have it with me on this trip to add some more layers around the outside. I love the rainbow of colors with the black and white (of course the ugly white basting thread will come out when I remove the papers). It's been a fun, small thing to carry around and stitch on,