I've always wanted to make a feathered star. But, I thought it was more than I could do for a long time. Now, I think I can, so I decided to make it my "skill builder" project for this year. I bought a book and studied up.
I found this pattern in Marsha McCloskey's book Feathered Star Quilts. She does hers with paper templates and scissors, but I employed everything I've learned about piecing, from the beginning with prewashing my fabrics and giving them a good, heavy starching. That's saved my bacon. Ms. McCloskey says I should be able to cut and piece this quilt in 10 hours on the sewing machine.
This is 8 hours work. Okay, so I'm giving myself an hour for the pieced center instead of the solid square. But, I've still got about 4 hours of work to go. I just started the pineapple border.
Like I said, I'm employing everything I know about piecing, including cutting bias strips and piecing them back together in stripes and then cutting all those half triangle squares out of that with the rotary cutter. Now, that's been a real time saver.
Hope everyone is having a great Monday. It's my last day off for the holiday. Sydney still has a few days out of school. And, then we'll all be back into our set patterns. Won't that be nice.