Sunday, March 04, 2018

Starry Bright Sky - Block 2

I am having a really hard time this winter - I seem to make my deadlines by only few hours. Not really good but then I guess that's what happens when life is busy. At least it's done.

Starry Bright Sky - Block 2

Updated March 8, 2018
Block 2 - Traditional piecing (final block) :-)


This is the second block in Alida's Starry Bright Sky quilt-along. It was a fairly simple block to make and included half-square triangles and 4-patch strips. It went together well, with most seams matching. That's always my challenge.

I used a solid blue and bright yellow, with a slightly textured very light yellow for the 4-patch units in the middle. Both picture were taken after dark, so neither is a really good representation, but the colours in the bottom picture are more accurate. However, you can see the slight circular shapes in the light fabric better in the upper picture.

To add some interest to the blocks, I've decided to use at least one non-solid in each block. It will probably be in the yellow (or orange) fabric since I have lots of tone-on-tone yellow fabric. I learned from last year's quilt-along that I quickly get tired of solids.

Block 2 - Traditional piecing
A pretty block but not a star!
Oops, as I posted the picture to the link-up, I noticed that my star didn't look like the others....because it's not a star!!! (Groan....) It would seem that my half-square triangle blocks are not on correctly. I didn't really have to fix the block, since, as Alida said, they are all just variations of the same block, but I really wanted some stars.
March OMG

One Monthly Goal (OMG)


I am keeping my OMG simple for March. I will be finishing up my  "Not playing the supporting role!" quilt, which I finished FMQ as my February OMG.

It now needs to be trimmed and the binding added. The great news is that the binding is all cut and ready to go in a bag that I still know where it is :-)

What I learned

  • I took the time to read all of the instructions and make notes, but still managed to cut double the amount of blocks I needed. Not sure how that happened. Anyway, I trimmed 4 of them to 2" and may use them to make the second variation of this block. Well see...
  • After my oops moment above, I may want to compare the picture of my block to the block on the pattern!
  • I fixed two of the half-square triangle units and thought I was done :-(  I think I may need another vacation....
  • I am keeping my OMG simple this month since I have to get my quilts ready for Fibre Fling 7. This mostly involves deciding on the quilts, doing the paper work and ensuring that they all have sleeves and labels. I'm sure that I will do my FMQ this month, but I don't want to commit to anything specific. You see, I am learning 😊 

Related Links
Linking Parties - I will be linking this post to the Starry Bright Night Quilt Along Link-up, and to the March OMG goal setting link-up. Let's see what everyone is up to!
Design Wall Monday, Moving It Forward, Linky Tuesday, Let's Bee Social, Midweek Maker, Needle & Thread Thursday, Can I Get A Whoop Whoop?, Finished or Not Friday,

Great news! My star block (the correct one) was featured by Susan on Midweek Makers. Thanks!

10 comments:

  1. Nice quilt. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck on your project!

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  2. Beautiful block! No need to post the "correct" picture as every variation is correct anyway ;) and there was an error in the pattern so that's why you ended up with extra blocks :) so ooops for me too!!

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    1. Hi Alida, thanks for that. It's true that every variation is fine, but I do want my block to look like a star, so I've started pulling it apart and re-sewing it. For some reason I thought that I only had to change two sides....but no, all 4 need to be done. I'm almost finished :-)

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  3. Love the yellows and the blue together!

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    1. Thanks! I really do love those colours. This block was a bit of a challenge, but block 3 is brutal. I'm going to get my son to help me since he used to do origami years ago :-)

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  4. Your blocks look fabulous! We all have those moments where we are feeling the pressure... But remember, it's supposed to be fun!

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    1. Thanks for the reminder Lorna. It's true and so easy to forget!

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  5. Love the yellow and blue! Isn't it fascinating how a wrong turn makes it into a different block?

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    1. Thanks Susan. Yes - it's pretty amazing the variations you can get out of one set of triangles, squares and rectangles. I just hope that I don't find out how much variation there is by making more creative piecing!

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