In 2009 I made a Mexican Stars quilt top from a kit from Sew Batik.
As soon as it was completed I pulled fabric from my stash and made another one.
My plan was to make two more Mexican Stars – one with the stars shading from light to dark on a black background and one with HST instead of the curves.
Fastforward to 2021 and Mexican Stars Version-3 has finally been pieced. I started with a fat quarter bundle of hand dyed green fabric and an Oriental black background.
This was a cut and sew sort of project to help me keep the greens organized for the transition from light to dark. Once the center star was pieced, it was time to decide on the sashing fabric.
Umm – no, that sashing fabric won’t work. I auditioned 4 or 5 different fabrics including golds before deciding on this gray Oriental fabric.
This is the stage of a project where all the doubts and second guessing come in. What was I thinking? This is never going to work. The hand dyed fabric was a terrible idea.
The best thing to do is continue and trust my original vision.
Okay, maybe – just maybe – this will look okay.
Yes! – this is great. The shading is more subtle than I expected, but I like the overall effect.
Mexican Stars was designed by Annette Ornelas and uses the peeled-back folded fabric technique. The photo above is before the folded triangles are folded back and stitched down.
As you may have noticed, the second version of Mexican Stars is close to being a finished quilt. I hope to have all three as completed quilts in the next month or so.