This is what I worked on over the weekend. For me it’s an enormous block as it will finish at 20″. Feathered Star is a pattern I’ve been fascinated by and, over the years, I’ve thought about making one but the idea of the acrylic or mylar templates, specialty rulers, tracing and on and on made it less appealing.
On Friday night, three Inklingo collections for a 15″, 20″ and 30″ Feathered Star were released along with an absolutely fantastic Design Book. Because the centres of these feathered stars are 4.5″, 6″ and 9″ respectively, one could use any number of blocks in the centre rather than the octagon. Saturday morning, I had this stack of shapes printed and cut out, ready to make my first block.
The instructions in the Design Book are for both hand and machine piecing. I read through the machine piecing section and felt like I could make one of these by machine. That said, all the continuous stitching that putting the feathers together offers was irresistible to me and hand piecing was my choice. Putting the HSTs together by machine would be so easy the Inklingo way; just stitch on the line and cut. No paper to remove, no bias to handle. The Design Book is free to download for a limited time. If you’ve ever thought about making a Feathered Star, this is definitely a book you want to add to your library.
This could be the beginning of a Christmas quilt for next year or perhaps I’ll finish off this one block, add a border, quilt it and use it as a table topper this Christmas. That may be a bit too optimistic to think I’ll finish it by Saturday, but I’m tempted to try. I’m amazed at just how quickly it goes together. It won’t take long now to finish the star and then add the setting squares and triangles.
Smudge is on a tablet that helps the liver. He has a habit of spitting the pill out when I turn my back. Saturday morning, he did that very thing and I didn’t notice it until we took this picture. If you look closely, you can see the little pink pill on the towel. He seems to be doing better. Tomorrow we take him in for another antibiotic shot and his weigh-in and colour check.
Lester has been enjoying the variety of foods that have been showing up as we try to get Smudge to eat more on his own.