This is my imperfect version of Cheddarback Block 31, a five-inch star.
As I was choosing and cutting fabric I wondered of Mrs.
Cheddarback had second thoughts about her fabric choices after she
finished the block. (You can see her original block here.)
My fabrics are similar to hers though my plaid might be a tad darker. I think the full effect of the star disappears because the
plaid is so close in color to the background fabric. I can't help but
imagine how delightful this star would look with stripes instead of plaid with
the stripes running perpendicular to the center seams on each point. Not Cheddarback style but much fun, I think.
Blocks like this intimidate me. Such tiny pieces, so many seams, so many points, must measure 5½" after sewn, etc., etc. For this block I needed 4 of each pattern piece. I start by cutting out all the pieces and pinning them in stacks behind the pattern piece.
Then I lay out all the pieces just exactly as they will go in the block. I used the section below as a trial to see if it would come out the correct size. It did!
It's on the right, below. Then I lay out all the other pieces. This block was easier than I expected because each quadrant is the same. I pin the pieces of each section just as they will be sewn, stitch all that are pinned, then press. Next, I pin subsequent pieces together, sew, press, and lay out again, until all the pieces of each quadrant are sewn. The only thing left to pin and stitch are the two upper and lower quadrants, then the center seam.
And there's a quilt block. Not a perfect one, mind you, but close enough for me not to remake it.
Had I thought a little more about the plaid I would have cut the center edge of each star point on the same line of the plaid, as in the upper center and the upper left points. It would have added a little continuity to the block.
Now that September is nearly half over -- how time flies! -- I'm grateful I chose just the five Cheddarback blocks for my monthly goal. Since Pathway is beginning again that's taken lots of time meeting, greeting, and helping students understand the program. And we were out of town visiting my daughters and attending grandparents day lunch at school with two of our grands last week. How fun to spend time with them!
The house was oh-so-charming, though it is hard to imagine living there with more than one or two children. Jouett had 12! I was sad the summer kitchen (used all year, from what I could tell) was closed for renovation. We'll have to see that another time.
I love the silhouette logo with rider and horse dashing to Monticello.
I hope whatever you're doing brings you joy!