Feathered Star

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.



Bratling said...

Wow. It's gorgeous, Lane! And well beyond my skill, I'm sure, 'cause I'm a bare beginner next to you!

Megan said...

It looks sensational Lane.

Sydney, Australia

qltmom9 said...

Ooo, I love that green!
Dh goes back to work, but we aren't ready...would like a month, or two off.
Lucy (who cleaned out some stuff thanks to your blog)

Lucy @ Charm About You said...

Looking great! Sorry Lane can you please explain why you cut bias strips, sewed them together and made triangles? Not sure I get it! (I'm a beginner!)

smiledarlin said...

Lucy, by cutting bias strips your stretch is in the seam and when you cut them into HST your edges won't be on the bias, they will be on the straight of grain and not stretch and distort. It makes piecing lots of these little HST cleaner.
This will be a pretty quilt.