Of all of the blocks that I’ve made so far for the SugarBlock Club, this one has been the biggest challenge. And I say one with a reason because so far this month I’ve only managed to make just the one, to bring the block collection to nine.
I have every intention of making another one, and I had every intention of making two as usual when I printed out the paper templates last week but then I sat down to start making the blocks and realised just how much I rely on chain piecing and making two blocks at the same time to speed up my piecing.
With paper piecing it’s one block at a time and one seam at a time. Or in my case, one seam at least four times. I’ve done a little foundation piecing before but it took me a while to get my head back around it again (possibly a reason not to start sewing at 10pm when you’re already tired) and there was one seam that I sewed and ripped out and sewed and ripped out until there was barely any paper holding together and I was certain that it was never ever going to work.
But we got there in the end, and slowly bit by bit the block started to come together.
I do love the result. It’s a beautiful star and worthy of the name. Morning Star is the name of a boat I used to sail on when I was a teenager and it brings back many happy memories. It looks like a morning star too doesn’t it; light and bright with all the white space, the ghost of a star against the dawn.
For this block I used up the very last of my bee fabric and the very last of those green flowers. I was trying to fussy cut to get a bee in each point but there wasn’t quite enough, so we have six bees and two spots where the bee got impatient and zoomed off to somewhere else in the quilt.
And so now there are nine blocks.
Laid out together they aren’t quite a cohesive whole yet, and I can easily spot a couple of blocks that I’d pull and replace if I wanted to turn this into a nine patch but we’re not even half way through the year yet and I think I’m going to have to wait and see until the end to decide whether I’ve got one giant 24 patch quilt or two 12 patch plus additions on my hands.
I haven’t chosen the fabric for the companion one just yet but I’m thinking yellow and something, probably yellow and one of the greens to add a little balance to the quilt. What would you choose?
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