We’ve all had quilting frustrations here and there. But I’m learning this week that it’s important to balance those frustrations with pleasures. I’m making a feathered star block for my local quilt shop’s block of the month. This block has been on my bucket list for a while, so I was really excited to begin this quilting journey. As the co-teacher of this BOM, it’s up to me to find easier piecing techniques or little tips to make it go together easier.
Well, enter the quilt block from h—. Since I’ve never made a feathered star block before, I assumed it would be a challenge but fairly straight forward. There are half-square triangles, quarter-square triangles, a diamond-shaped template and partial seams. One step at a time. I starched and pressed my fabric really well before cutting. I made the 1 5/8″ half-square triangles exact. I oversized the quarter square triangles, corner squares and setting triangles so that I could trim them down.
After making one corner unit and one side unit, I could see that my units were not going to fit together. First of all, the diamond template was off by 1/8″. After I fixed that, I had to figure out how to trim down the unit since I used over-sized quarter square triangles. I had no trimming measurements to go on, but everything seemed to be lining up without trimming. I thought I should start over again and cut the triangles exact as the pattern stated. Then, I found my triangles weren’t big enough and I would lose my star points. So I needed to go back to the oversized triangles, but I ran out of the navy blue fabric I was using. Are you feeling my frustration? I was able to re-cut one set of triangles, but I had to make do with the others. I made up for the difference in the seam allowance.
So long story short, I think my block is going to turn out beautiful, but bigger than what the pattern called for. And Ill have a few extra gray hairs but a good learning experience in my pocket. I’ll show you the finished feathered star block once it’s all put together. Right now it’s in pieces for teaching purposes.
I found it was necessary to just walk away after the first day of trial and error. Frustration needs to be balanced with pleasure, so I had a nice glass of wine with dinner and looked through a quilting catalog just for fun. With so many projects going on in my sewing room, there’s always something that I can work on just for pleasure. Do you have any tips for beating the frustration? Have you made a feathered star before?
It really makes me appreciate the simpler blocks that I’ve been working on for the Patchsmith Sampler Quilt Along. Even though I’m behind, I don’t stress about it. The last two blocks I completed are these two log cabin based ones. I love how easy they are to piece!
Just a reminder, you have until September 9 at midnight PST to enter the giveaway for the Save The Bees BOM here. I’ve really enjoyed seeing your comments and learning about how long you’ve been quilting. Some of you are newbies, but more of you have been quilting for a long time!
With school starting, now is the perfect time to try out a class at Craftsy. This weekend, ALL classes are on sale for under $20. Maybe it’s time for me to take a Feathered Star class?
I hope you’re weekend is long and full of pleasure!