I've you've read recent posts you'll know that I altered the colors of some of the fabrics for the blocks in this set. The original Cheddarback Block 44 had a striped fabric similar to the one in the center of this block. The stripes in the fabric I had were a pale grey. I used a Micron 08 to draw the lines darker. Also, the original fabric for the large triangles has solid dots so I may fill in the ones in this block.
Block 46here. For the briefest of moments I considered trying to find a striped fabric for the gold triangles. I came to my senses before I wasted my time, realizing that dealing with stripes would be one too many challenges in this already difficult block.
Block 47altered the color of the fabric so it would be closer to the color in the original quilt.
I knew this would be hard because of the 8 points that meet in the center and the 8 y-seams (but not as hard as the foundation paper-pieced blocks). I cut out the pattern then stitched the star together, stopping the seam a ¼" from the edge of the fabric on the outer points. I stitched the points in twos, those into halves, and the halves together. Then I pressed it. At that point I looked at Gay Bomers's excellent instructions for sewing y-seams and realized that I'd already made a few mistakes that I couldn't easily undo. I went ahead with my original plan, to stitch the y-seams by machine. It turned out better than I expected so even though not perfect, it will go into the quilt.
The background fabric in the original star block is a black/blue thorny print on a light background. I knew I'd never find anything similar so used a fabric I thought reminded me just slightly of the original.
Several of these blocks were really difficult for me. When I finished them I breathed a sigh of relief and hoped we were finished with the hard ones for this quilt. Then I looked at Gay's photo of the quilt and realized there are more challenging ones to come. Gosh, I'm learning so much.
Finishing these blocks was my One Monthly Goal for January. I'm linking this post to Patty's One Monthly Goal January Link-up at Elm Street Quilts. Thanks for hosting, Patty.