I bought this pattern
at a LQS years ago and found it while cleaning off my sewing table and organizing my "tools".
I loved the block, but was intimidated by how small the pattern was. So it sat amongst the rulers, Janome instruction book, quilt magazines and pens and pencils.
I pulled it out and decided to tackle it.
The unfinished block is 8"x8". There are lots of boo-boos in this block. LOL The pattern was simple, but I learned the hard way that heavy starching is necessary to keep the paper pieced sections flat and not shifty.
This try came out "wonky" and the seams don't match up like I would like and it sat on the ironing board for a week. I wasn't in love like I'd hoped I'd be and I was very disappointed.
I am not someone to give up very easily if I know I could have done a better job.
Especially with quilting.
I love a challenge.
This is where the huge pattern comes in. The small paper piecing parts were hard to work with for me, so I thought, "Why not make the parts bigger?"
I took the pattern to Staples and asked them to resize it by 200%. I think this is blue-print paper, but I could be wrong. The lady at the copy desk kept making mistakes and I ended up getting two copies for less than $4.00.
I cut out all the sections to make the star (there are flying geese sections for a border if you want) and decided to machine piece and hand applique a soft, romantic, vintage looking hexie for the middle.
Okay. I liked this and I liked the fabric it was on for a picture so much that I made this the "star" fabric. I cut out and pressed pink, blues and yellows to piece the rest of the star.
Aqua-ish blue scraps are the "anchor" colors where the "arms" of the star meet.
I am MUCH happier with how this "big brother" block turned out.
This block is 15 1/4" sq. and I definitely love the scrappy, romantic, vintage look of it all! I think either a scrappy pink or blue border next. Again, not sure where this is going...but I'm okay with that!
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I almost forgot to share some beautiful fabric I picked up this weekend!
3 yards of "Rose Parade" by Moda
1/2 yd of "Victorian Modern" by Modern Quilt Studio for Andover.