THE PORTFOLIO OF PAULA B. ENTIN
ORIGINAL ART QUILTS

Happy New Year!

Severn Sisters patchwork design on small table cover.

Severn Sisters patchwork design on small table cover.

In honor of the new year, I decided to finish up something that has been lingering a long time.

The “Seven Sisters” patchwork pattern is a pattern-within-a-pattern. You can to a set of seven stars, as seen here, OR you can do 7 hexagons!

These stars are leftover from the bigger quilt I made in 1998, and while I did get these bits into a top, and did some hand quilting, I never liked it much. So this month, I pulled out the hand quilting, added black diamonds to create a full hexagon, and finished it.

At 16” on a side, it would be best used as a table cover, just a decoration that also serves as an accent piece for a room. If you want to try it, don’t get the diamonds too big! They are referred to as “60 degree diamonds” in the quilt world.

Fun effects can happen with cutting striped fabrics just right, with clear templates. Or you can go for a more subtle look, or keep the background fabric closer in hue or shade to the stars themselves.

I wished later that I had made the black hexagons as one piece, rather than boxing out each star with black pieces. The overall assembly of the top would be a bit trickier, but wouldn’t have a bunch of points running together within the black hexagons. Those set-in seams are pretty easy, don’t let them scare you!

So there you have it, a piece from the 1990s finally gets completed, and I’m glad I waited to get it done right, rather than settling for something I didn’t really love.

Happy New Year!