I’ve been working on these 5-pointed star blocks done in homespun plaids:
The block is composed of 11 pieces, all with at least two bias edges, and is the polar opposite of instant gratification, requiring templates, tracing, cutting, marking, pinning and sewing, one patch at a time. This block is for quilters who enjoy the process and are not in a hurry. Because it’s so labor intensive, it creates fast burn out, so I work on it off and on when I’m in the mood. With 14 blocks completed, I’m a little more than a third of the way through and ready to set it aside and work on something else for a while.
The quilt containing this block was featured in Rodale Press’ book Fast, Fun & Fabulous Quilts, with credit going to Judith Hughes Marte for the design. It was love at first sight.
Since my first view of the quilt pattern about 15 years ago, I have collected a nice assortment of homespun plaids and stripes, buying only a quarter yard of each; half a yard if I absolutely love it.
This project is the perfect reason to build a stash. Homespuns are not always easy to find, and if you’re going scrappy like this quilt dictates, you need to have plenty of patterns and colors to choose from to make it interesting and keep the boredom at bay.
In the meantime, we have enjoyed having Eric and Ross home for Christmas. They’re going back to school in a couple of days and have yet to go through all the boxes of their stuff. Let the mom nagging begin!