Wednesday, 13 June 2012

surveyors star, paper piecing

We are in the last month of the skill builder. and Leila is doing tough blocks for us. She wanted to do this lovely star, and advised us to practise on an American Beauty. But, you know how there is always one who doesn't follow the instructions? Ok I thought, I would just get on with it.
But I did not feel like downloading a pattern, 'how hard can it be to produce one's own pattern?'

Well, perhaps harder than I anticipated. It is many years since I did geometry ay school, and I had to remind myself how to bisect an angle without benefit of compass, and try to estimate proportions to get it looking right. 

 my first attempt, the secondary points are not quite pointing in the right directions,
 Second try, secondary points look disproportionately long.
 This one felt right, and turned into my 'master copy' . Photocopy no.1 was cut in half diagonally, and then four more copies were produced of the separated halves, to use as the sacrificial paper copies. And another one to cut apart for patterns for the fabric.
And then I had to remind myself how to sew the fabric on, and to not cut off the bit I wanted left at the end!

Having reminded myself of the usefulness of the stitch ripper, I eventually managed to get all the bits done, and am pleased with my result.

No it is not perfect, but it is good enough for me!

I also realised I never put up a picture of my finished quilt, so here it is,  laid out, rather than just part shots. Nice and snuggly, and on the back of a chair in the living room. 
And I am linking this to Ellison Lane summer sewing, just for fun! Though most of the quilts and bags there are just amazing! 


Janine said...

Your surveyor's star is really stunning and those fabrics are perfect for it! What are you going to do with it?

purduepam said...

very nice work. love your color combination.

The Sunflower Patch said...

Your surveyor's star is absolutely striking,also love that green quilt :)

Kristy QP said...

You did a great job on this! It looks so striking!

JBuckister said...

You blocks turned out great!

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