Octagon Stars

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Thanks to a comment left the other day, I saw a picture of a quilt made using this setting and decided it was perfect for the little 8-pointed stars. It’s a fun block to make with lots of opportunities for continuous stitching. Small shapes and continuous stitching are an irresistible combination for me.

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I’m grading the seams after each step. Once the little star is made, I grade those seams. When the white squares are added, those seams are graded and when the red diamonds and red octagon are added the final grading of seams for that section is done. It’s a lot easier and faster to do it step by step rather than to wait for an entire section to be finished before grading.

Even though the shapes are small ones, this is going to grow to its full size relatively quickly as it’s meant for a doll bed. All the shapes I need are now printed on the back of my fabrics and I have some of those fabrics set aside in case I decide on a small border.

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Baxter and his pals are getting ready for a cricket match.

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A friend gave me this fridge magnet that Baxter’s posing with.  It says “Cat Hair .. It’s a Fashion Statement” and makes me laugh every time I look at it. I wonder if she was trying to tell me something!

17 thoughts on “Octagon Stars

  1. Love this quilt. Aren’t you tempted to make a full size one. I’m not sure here whether I’m meaning at least a lap size quilt with these little pieces or at least a lap size quilt with bigger pieces. But knowing me, probably the former 🙂
    Good to see Baxter and his pals enjoying fine weather. But cricket? How about doing a real sport, like sailing or orienteering or (since you’re in Canada) ice hockey? 🙂

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  2. Hmmm…I have that exact same fridge magnet! My sister gave it to me for Christmas one year, makes me smile every time I look at it too. We have a cat thing going between the two of us so our gifts and cards are always cat related.

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  3. That is a really nice setting! It will be a very nice quilt!
    A cricket match? I hope there won’t be any REAL crickets watching as I believe there would be a lot of cats crunching on those crickets! 🙂

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  4. Your little quilt is really pretty. Can’t wait to see the finished quilt.

    I always look forward to your posts, not only to see what you’re sewing, but also for the cartoon and to see what handsome Baxter is up to.

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