Yes that does say June in the title, and I know it’s the middle of July, but in my defence, June’s queen, the fabulous Terri, said we could hand them over at FQR, so I’m, like, days early… ;o)
Our brief this month was stars, and we were sent an FQ of Kona in a solid colour, and then 2 colourways of prints to make into the stars, with strict instructions not to mix the colours up (she’s a hard task master ;o) ). I also had an additional challenge of trying to fit a frog in the middle of one of my stars. As you do…
Firstly I tackled the grey, frog-free block, and chose the ‘Another Star’ from the Solstice Stars series from last year that was run by Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts. I altered the tutorial slightly to make the border of the centre square using the partial seams technique, but other than that I followed it as written:
My second one required a bit more hunting – the piece of frog fabric was only 3″ across, so any simple 9 patch options were out, however I had a vague recollection of a star within a star block in the Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers book, and having found the Three Wishes block, I set to.
Now I will tell you now, that I would only tackle this block for a dear friend – would you look at all those triangles!!! o.O My tips for this one would be – on the inner star, if you can, cut the print pieces to about 2″ square before cutting on the diagonal rather than 1 1/2″, there is virtually no margin for error if you use the 1 1/2″ option *sigh* Thankfully, after the 2nd round with the seam ripper, I realised that if I marked the seam allowance on the print triangles it was easier to line things up. I cut the next round slightly bigger too, although that wasn’t as critical. For the final round, when cutting the rectangles on the diagonal, remember to cut 2 one way, and 2 the other, otherwise it won’t work ;o)