Thirty

Yup. Thirty. I made thirty Jelly Star blocks before I ran out of purple background fabric. (Click here to see the original Jelly Stars post.) But wait – that’s not 100% true. I really only got 28 blocks completed before running out of fabric. I lamented, “Darn! Two more blocks would make 30 – much better for a quilt.” Was there any way to make two more blocks?

30 completed Jelly Star blocks

30 completed Jelly Star blocks

Searching through the reject basket I found a chocolate brown block, eliminated early in the project because there was virtually no contrast between the brown of the star and the purple background. Mr. Chocolate Brown Jelly Star was dissembled and all the loose threads were picked away. There! I had all the purple pieces I needed for block # 29. But I was still 8 corner triangles short for the final block.

What to do?

Raid the trash can, of course! I discovered enough little bits to sew together into bigger bits – big enough to cut 8 more triangles. Viola! #30!

Jelly Star #30 front

Jelly Star #30, right side

Jelly Star Block #30, wrong side

Jelly Star Block #30, wrong side

Detail showing pieced seams, (sigh)

Detail showing pieced triangles

Are you impressed that I thought to do this? It’s not an original solution. I got the idea from this antique block:

Vintage quilt block

Vintage quilt block

The dotted blue fabric looks just fine, doesn’t it? Let’s flip it over and find the quilter’s confession.

Umm, humm ran out of blue dots, did ya?

Umm, humm ran out of blue dots, did ya?

A little pioneer ingenuity to the rescue! Who knows, maybe this block was stitched by the woman pictured on this postcard.

Pioneer Ada McColl in 1893 near Larkin, KS (Photo on this postcard from Kansas State Historical Society)

Pioneer Ada McColl in 1893 near Larkin, KS (Photo on this postcard from Kansas State Historical Society)

I case you didn’t know, those are buffalo droppings in her wheel barrow. You can’t tell me that she wouldn’t have gone to the trash and pieced wee scraps of fabric together if she needed one more block!

I set out to sew Jelly Star blocks until I ran out of purple fabric. I didn’t know how many blocks I would make until the purple background fabric for the last block was cut.

The end of the beautiful eggplant purple fabric

Purple fabric – all that remains

It’s 30.

I’m done.