Monday, April 29, 2013

"Mini" Feathered Star Block

is finished!

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.
LOL
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!
Stay tuned!
LOL

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What aweome blogs to be able to visit every week!  They host linky parties where other bloggers can share their finishes for the week, their new projects and be encouraged and inspired!

I almost forgot to share some beautiful fabric I picked up this weekend!


3 yards of "Rose Parade" by Moda
and


1/2 yd of "Victorian Modern" by Modern Quilt Studio for Andover.
Yummy!











 




21 comments:

  1. Love your feathered star - just took my ruler out to see 8" - tiny for such a complex block!

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  2. The star is so PRETTY!! I LOVE IT!! The little pops of blue and pink are perfect. The bottom flower print in yellow I once had in minty green.

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  3. nicely done, love that red fabric you picked up

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  4. What a beautiful big star !

    Amazing that you stuck with it, but I've come to never expect LESS of you. You're determined, brave, and CAPABLE. Kudos !

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  5. Wow, that block has some small pieces! Looks great.

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  6. Such a clever idea and really pretty result. I'm especially fond of the hexies and those touches of aqua. Well done for owning this!

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  7. The little one is great, but the big one is awesome!!

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  8. So gorgeous! Glad you didnt give up after the first one. Although I liked the first one too!! The big one is gorgeous!! And I love the fabric you got!!

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  9. Such neat blocks!!! love them!

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  10. Tiny is intriguing but so time consuming. I love your larger version!

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  11. Wow! My hat is off to you for even attempting that block! I don't know how to paper piece yet, but I would really like to learn.

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  12. I like your first block. Yes, it's a little wonky, but perfection is over rated

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  13. Oh wow... beautiful! I do so love that yellow block! WAY above my skill level however! lol!

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  14. That is awesome! I don't blame you for wanting to make it bigger! That would have totally freaked me out, especially since I have no clue about how to paper piece.

    here via WIP Wednesday

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  15. That yellow block is gorgeous! Someday I'll try that combo.

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  16. That star block is a mind trip!

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  17. They look like a lot of work! But very pretty. Love your color choices!

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  18. Super cool feathered star blocks! You can come hang out at my house where I think I've got three cans of heavy starch at the ready ;-) I don't like to run out.

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  19. Beautiful work, inspiring.Thanku

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