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Welcome to my blog about my quilting journey! I started quilting in 2006 with a quilt of my own design which started as a cushion cover and ended up as a single bed sized quilt! Now I'm totally hooked....maybe obsessed is a better word for it.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Star Seams from Six White Horses

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a post by Anna on her Six White Horses blog for a tutorial for a paper pieced star block called Star Seams which really caught my eye and I just knew I needed to give it a try one day.  Well last weekend I had finished all my April tasks and had a bit of sewing time so I thought ' Now's the time!'.

I had a fossick around in my stash and decided to make the block using some of my favourites at the moment.  I'm thinking I might make it into a pillow for our bed.

Anyway, here's how it turned out:

I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, although do I wish I had changed back to darker thread when I was joining all the segments together.  The stitching shows up a little in the middle (as you can see below) but on the whole I think it looks good.  Hopefully by the end of the month I can quilt it and make that cushion cover!

I really love the effect of this star but I'm not sure whether I'll make another one!  There was a bit of fiddling around and I had to get a little creative when joining my halves together.  No-one was more surprised than me when it lined up as well as it does (luckily you can't see the back!)  Still, never say never - I may just feel the need again one day.

I have to say I probably saved my sanity in places by sewing the wedges together with a long basting stitch on my machine and checking they lined up before stitching them together with a short stitch.  Much easier to unpick that way when you don't get it quite right!

Thanks Anna for sharing your lovely design!

8 comments:

  1. This is so crisp and sharp! Great job! I cannot fathom how you handled all those seam-lines in the middle...

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  2. It looks great! I love the different fabrics together!
    Hugz, Carin

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  3. Hi Sooli, what a great star, I love it. I have to admit as soon as I read the word "fossick" I immediately thought you must have an opal background! We lived in Roxby Downs for 5 years and lots of our friends would go fossicking in the spoil piles at Andamooka. So it was pretty cool to see you are from Adelaide. What a beuatiful city.

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  4. Its very effective! A great result.

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  5. really nice block , you did a good job with it. the light thread could always be covered with a button.. if it really bugs you. i might give this a shot, when i clear the decks a bit

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  6. Gorgeous block, Sue! And sharpy is a great way to cover exposed threads, if you have the right color....

    whoop whoop!!

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  7. The points can really do you in! I have done some paper piecing in my quilting and it can be a doozey!

    I love the colors in your star!

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