Ready to start the ornament challenge? Me too!
I have to tell you... yesterday when I sent out a 'Frequently Asked Questions' email, I asked if you would reply and let me know if you were doing this challenge....
...and we got hundreds (I mean, hundreds!) of replies saying "YES! I'm doing the challenge!" In fact, the yes's are still coming in. It is incredible. I am so excited. I can't WAIT to see all these ornaments.
We're starting with an easy one: The Basic Star Pattern!
I’m starting with the Basic Star, because it was my VERY first pattern, and it's easy. And also, it's awesome. ;)
This is the one that's based on the old-fashioned ‘Quilted Star’ technique that has been around forever and ever. Over the years, I changed it up a tad and put my own little spin on the techniques I use to make it.
And guess what? If you're new to this, you can learn how I make them, for free (yes, FREE). I have a 3-part video workshop, teaching this pattern step-by-step. I'll lead you through it all.... what you need, what to do, and how to finish it. Click RIGHT HERE to sign up.
The two ornaments below almost look like 2 different patterns, but there is actually only ONE tiny difference: I made the white layer wider in the second one. That's it! And, they look like two entirely different patterns.
TIP: Make a layer wider if you've got a fabric with a larger print on it.. so more of that print will show.
That's what I LOVE about this pattern – just change the order of fabrics, or the width between layers, or one of a zillion other details... and you will be able to create totally different looks.
(Wouldn't a tree covered in different variations of these, look amazing?)
(and I hope my family likes the idea of an all black & white tree. I think we'll be having one this year haha.)
Your challenge is.... to make your own Basic Star Ornament using your 3 chosen fabrics.... you can arrange your fabrics like I have above, or better yet, mix it up!
Remember, if you don't know how to make this one, you can learn it for free right HERE.
The original pattern calls for only 2 fabrics, but for this challenge, we're using 3 of course! You can arrange your 3 any way you want, but just for reference, here's what I did:
- Color 1: Black
- Color 2: White
- Color 3: Black & White Print
Here is how I arranged them:
Layer 1: Color 1 (like the original pattern)
Layer 2: Color 2 (like the original pattern)
Layer 3: Color 1 again (like the original pattern)
Layer 4: Color 3 (replacing color 2 here)
Band: Color 3
Then, show me what you've got by posting it on Instagram using the hashtag #OrnamentGirlsChallenge so we can all see it!
(And, if you're an Ornament Girls Club Member, please post it in our private FB group!)
I'll see ya in a week, with Challenge Pattern #2.
p.s. If you have any questions, or want some help, please post in the comments right below. :)