Em over at Sewing by Moonlight requested star blocks for the Stash Bee Hive 3 quilters this month.
Given that I’m in a bit of a sewing rut, I decided that wonky stars would be an easy way to send her something pretty. I had so much fun with these! The tutorials for the various star blocks she suggested, including these wonky stars, are over at the Stash Bee blog.
I want to mention a point or two (pun intended) about points. When I made these, I was sure to keep the star points far enough away from the edge so that when Em sews the blocks together, the points won’t get eaten by the seam allowance.
The same goes for the “troughs” between the points. I didn’t want there to be a huge gap between the points, so I made sure that the bases of the points overlapped at least 1/4″ from the edge of their squares.
It may sound simple if you’ve been around the block a few times (ouch – another bad pun), but for anyone new, it’d be so helpful to know. I have a stack of star blocks that I made when I first learned how to sew/quilt, and it’s clear that I didn’t get the protect-the-point memo. I may salvage them; I may not.
But these! Oh, Em, I hope you like them. I think your plan is brilliant, and I’m look forward to seeing your star quilt complete!
As far as the fabrics go, there’s some Lotta Jansdotter, a PB&J, a Carolyn Friedlander, and two Riley Blake prints (aqua chevron and blue gingham). The solid brown I used is Kona Parchment. I’m mail a random fat quarter to anyone who can name the brown background print with the Lotta blue star; I got it in a bundle and adore it. I want more.
Linking up to Show and Tell Tuesday.