Since September is National Sewing Month
I've been trying to complete some of my
When I lived in FL, I took a class with Pepper Cory at my quilt guild.
She is the GURU of paper piecing stars.
I came home with ONE single block of a dynamic star.
It took me the entire class time to make just this one block!
I considered putting it into a tote but I was afraid it would get ruined,
schlepping it around town.
I thought about a vest but it isn't the type of thing I'd wear.
Finally, after being inspired by my friend Mamacjt's little colorful block borders HERE,
I decided to finish it as a wall hanging.
I used my chalk pounce to outline feathers for the border.
This was the first time I used this, although I've had it for YEARS!
The little *eraser* is filled with chalk through that circle cap in the top.
You then pounce the eraser over a stencil &
the pattern comes through onto your quilt.
It worked great but my ability to FOLLOW the
chalk lines with my sewing machine was another matter.
I wish I had my machine set DOWN into a table
where I could move the quilt more easily.
I kept bumping into things at the back
thus I kept snagging & stopping.
On the other hand, I think my stippling is getting MUCH better!
That's the tiny, squiggly lines between the star points below.
Just like anything else in life, the more you do it, the better you get.
I keep plodding along with my free motion skills,
trying to improve with each project.
I use snap hair clips to hold my bindings in place while I sew them.
It is a wonderful alternative to getting stuck with pins while you work!
Below is an angled shot, to show the texture.
The teacher didn't tell us to remove the paper from between the star points
as we went along.
Normally, in paper piecing, you can leave them in
until you're block is completed,
but this one has so many intersections in the middle
that it became impossible to sew them together correctly.
It was too late & we were almost done,
so I have one little area that doesn't fit as perfectly as all the others.
It made me sad,
as it could have been SEW perfect otherwise,
but it was a good lesson to learn &
one I won't soon forget.
Anyway, its DONE!!!
I've named it ★ STAR GAZER ★
This UFO only took about 9 years to complete!
Thanks for stopping by The Gazebo House today &
letting me share my sewing projects with you.
I have more coming, so stay tuned.
I'll be joining The Tablescaper for her
Seasonal Sundays party