Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Wheel Spinning Continues...


Another project idea that I've had for a while is a Lemoyne Star quilt using red and white striped fabrics, sort of a peppermint effect. I don't know whether I would go with the split star, or the plain one, or both. The split is really pushing the envelope of my piecing skill; I've done it, but the results are far from perfect, as this one shows. The irregular stripe makes it look worse that it is. Striking block though, isn't it? I don't have a plan for how to set them either. My inclination at the moment is to go ahead and make a bunch of blocks and see what happens.

If anyone has any tips for pressing these blocks, I'd appreciate hearing them. I used Alex Anderson's instructions, and she presses the center seams open. That seems very bulky, but perhaps bulk is unavoidable.

13 comments:

jenclair said...

Love the red! Beautiful stars, Kay.

paula, the quilter said...

I press the seams open too. It makes the pieces lay really flat. Use lots of starch too.

Debra said...

I prefer the little one over the big star. . . like it makes a difference! Kudos to you if you pull this one off.

Karen Dianne Lee said...

Oh I loveeee this! LeeHaven votes for both - a mix. Make a bunch, have a Block Party, and see what happens!

Definitely press open because the quilting is a real bummer at the end. Speaking from real, honest-to-goodness experience on that front.

These are just lovely, Kay. Just makes me smile.

jettstream said...

So cute, Kay. (But then, I'm such a sucker for red & white.) Yep, press the seams open. And I like the smaller one too--just because of the way the pieces come together.

paulahewitt said...

These are great - so the split star would have 16 seams meeting in the middle?? i am almost in tears of frustration just thinking about having to do that! Im looking forward to seeing what you do with them.

Kay said...

Paula, the seams meet in theory, at least :) Some of these are less than perfect, but it's hard to tell.

Vicki W said...

The blocks look great! Terrific idea to do them with plaids.

Barbara C said...

Great looking blocks, and I like them both sizes too. What a brilliant idea to do them in plaid.

dee said...

I love the red and the stars in both sizes Kay. Very bright and cheerful. Ditto on the starch. Make those things stand on their own *grin*

Allison Ann Aller said...

I love the way you are making these fetching blocks and will "see what happens" next with them.
You go, girl!

Beth said...

I think Jan Krentz says the same about seams. She does all of her stars seams open and starches them to protect the bias.

Very pretty!

Nettie said...

Loving these stars. Maybe should try that for my indigo stars.