Purple and blue stars quilt


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Oh, Lord, I learned a lot while making this quilt. The original pattern didn’t include the white sashing between the blocks. The blocks were incredibly complicated, and the finished quilt was supposed to be pinwheels that connected at the triangles (I’m sure that makes no sense, but just trust me, it was complicated).

There were many many more steps to this quilt than any I’ve ever attempted. The stars are made from a solid square sewn to four sets of triangles sewn together. Mini-four-patch squares are in the corners of each block. So I cut a million strips, sewed those together, cut them, and sewed them into the four-patches. Then I cut a bajillion triangles, sewed those together, and pieced the blocks using all the components. It took me FOR.EV.ER.

When I started looking at my pieces to put together the blocks, I realized that the way I’d sewn the colors together had basically made it impossible to sew the pattern as I planned. So I had to scrap it and design a new pattern completely from scratch.

I added the sashing to make the stars pop and keep the mismatched triangles from clashing next to each other. I used the remaining solid squares to add interest to the sashing, and the remaining triangles to sew the flying geese border, so there was little waste even though my new pattern required far fewer pieces.

I do like the reverse colors — the blocks coordinate so for each block with a light star and dark border, there is a matching block with a dark star and light border. I quilted it diagonally to draw attention to the alternating diagonal pattern. The finished quilt is about 64 inches by 64 inches, and it currently lives with my husband’s grandparents, who received it as a Christmas gift.

After struggling with this pattern so much, I think it will be a long long time before I attempt to work with triangles again. I just prefer the simplicity and symmetry of rectangles and squares. That said, it was an incredibly valuable learning experience.

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