Happy Tuesday! I spent my long weekend making – what else – my quilt! I can’t wait to tell you all about it.
Don’t forget, you can see all of the blocks I make in McCall’s Quilt Block Reference. I’ve started trying some harder blocks from the Confident Beginner and Intermediate categories now!
The first block I chose to try this weekend was the Star in a Star Block. This was my first attempt at making Flying Geese units and boy, were they tricky! This block also involves a lot of seams, which made pressing more difficult than I’m used to.
I took a lot of advice from readers about the best ways to slice through fabric with a rotary cutter. I was much more successful this time! I held my hand up further so the cutter pointed parallel to the cutting mat, rather than holding it parallel; this gave me a lot more leverage and stability. However, I learned a lesson even more important than that while I was cutting this weekend: ALWAYS close your rotary cutter when it’s not in immediate use! Aunt Kate was the unfortunate victim on this one:
After lots of apologies and a Band-Aid, she’s healing very well!
My completed Star in a Star Block reminds me a lot of my mom – she loves to wear turquoise jewelry!
On Sunday, Aunt Kate and I took a trip to Golden Quilt Company where I found the perfect border fabric for my sampler blocks.
Aunt Kate made a layout of my quilt using EQ7, which is how we chose the colors I would use around my blocks (not a difficult decision since green is my favorite color). I chose a Westminster circles print for the border and each of the solids I chose for the binding and sashing are Kona Cottons. I found the solids and my beautiful blue and green paisley backing fabric at JoAnn’s.
I struggled A LOT making this block. Not only did I have to re-make all of the half-square triangle units after I sewed the wrong side of one fabric to the right side of the other (who knew how easy it is to do that?), I also started to see as the block came together that I didn’t like the fabrics I had chosen. I see now why many quilters avoid striped fabrics – they’re tricky to pair with anything else! I might make this block again with different fabric, or I may keep it and put it in my quilt as a reminder that no matter what, perfection is impossible.
How about you? Have you ever made a block that just didn’t work out the way you thought it would? What block pattern was it? I’d love to know!