I've spent the last couple weeks alternately working on and worrying about my Christmas Lone Star quilt. Oh, and procrastinating too. Those corner sunbursts. The paper piecing. The corners. The size.
I don't mind paper-piecing. Well OK, I don't mind a little of it, but doing it on a large scale takes all the fun out of it IMHO. For one thing, it's much harder to do the spatial conceptualizing needed to get a hunk of fabric aimed in the right direction, upside down and backwards, sew it, flip it over, and have it cover the area it needs to cover. There was some ripping and re-doing, and I will admit I pieced a couple areas when I no longer had the heart to rip out and do over. Those pieced areas are tiny and will be unobtrusive when the thing is quilted and done.
Or, to any viewer who has a problem with it, make your own damn Lone Star!
I'm happy to say the corner sunbursts turned out pretty well, and are all sewn on and trimmed. The corners seem reasonably square and will get another looking-at once the quilting is done.
In the back of my mind was the possibility I'd need to add borders to this quilt, to get it to a good size with a generous drop, for my queen-sized bed. I'm even happier to say that this top now measures about 102" square, and Lucy and I are calling that a good size.
In other words, this quit top is DONE. The backing fabric is swishing away in the washing machine and the whole package will soon be in the hands of long-arm quilter extraordinaire Marge West.