I have always loved Feathered Star Quilts. I have finally got around to starting a new design that includes these beautiful blocks, and it has been so much fun working on this quilt. I have worked out how to sew the block I have without any Y seams, how great is that. ! After browsing through one of my many books with pictures of antique quilts I found on a Feathered Star quilt, the blocks in the quilt are a little different to any I have seen, so I quickly got to work drafting a block. So many antique quilts are made in the traditional red and green, which I love. But this time I decided the restriction of the colour palette is just not what I had in mind. So I decided to mix it up with the feathered star blocks and see how they look. Once again I dove into my scrap bin to find all the treasured fabrics I can't bare to part with, finding lots of beauty's just perfect for this quilt. I could not wait to make a start ! All quilts I have on the go yet to be finished were put aside while I cut and sewed the first few blocks. I bet you can relate to this behavior.......
There is something exciting and fresh about beginning a new quilt, the promise of what you are about to create coming to life with every stitch. Feathered star blocks are not difficult as maybe the thoughts of anyone new to quilt making, but each block does take time and patience. For me each block becomes a work of art, combining the fabrics together to create the perfect look. I don't have a specific plan just a vague idea of where I am heading with this quilt. I'll just let the feathered star block take me on a journey and see how it turns out.
Starting with my first block I decided I wanted to use blue with a variation of blue fabrics in the block.
For this quilt as there are two sizes for the half square triangles that make the feathered star points, I make a bunch of oversized half square triangle block.
Then I trimmed them all to the correct size.
Lots of trimmings !
The finished block. Hmmmm I still may use this block somewhere, but not in this quilt.
After I had finished the block I thought it needed more colour so then I really got to play in the scrap bin and found fabrics that worked beautifully together. I am just loving sewing these blocks, taking my time working on them in between working on the other quilts I am trying to finish. The feathered star quilt will be a work in progress, a slow stitching quilt to work on and have fun with.
Auditing fabrics, finding the right combination.
It seems this quilt has taken over and is all I can think of. I am loving working on it and have all the feathered star blocks finished. Now for the applique border...... I am loving it.
All the blocks are stitched together, now for the outside border...... I can't wait !
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