Final Countdown! Round the Year Quilt

I still do not have enough background fabric for all my Round the Year quilt block circles, but I  have started working on them in any case. The first block that I finished is Block Thirteen, the “Feathered Star”.

One done, fifteen to go!

Those of you who are making the block may have noticed that I have reversed the background of the square, so that light part of the circle is highlighted against the dark background and vice versa.  The first pic below shows the way it was planned and the second shows how it was finally joined.

Decided to go with Option 2 as it would show up better in the final layout of the quilt!

This is the only block circle that was made in sixths of a circle, so the background squircle ( being equal to square minus circle) was cut in 6 pieces. Each was joined to a wedge. The wedges ( including respective background) were joined in threes to make one half of the square and then the other.

I pressed the seams in a whorl, clockwise, to reduce the bulk in the centre!

The seams are pressed all in one direction to reduce the bulk at the centre.

You must be wondering which layout I am finally using for the quilt?  Here it is! Layout Option 3, which finishes at 100″x 100″.

The background will use three shades of blue, the deepest at the edges of the quilt and the lightest in the centre. (Shouldn’t it be the other way at dusk? Light at the edges and dark in the centre? Artistic licence – the blocks show up much better against a light background!) I have enough of the deep blue; it is the lighter blues that I ran out of,  as I used them up to make my “Seasons in the Sun” quilt. I will calculate exactly how much fabric to order after using up what I have at hand.

Please admire the almost perfect centre of my feathered star, while I go off to cut fabric for the Venus and Sapphire blocks! They are the only ones joined to the backgrounds in eighths, if I remember correctly!

Centre of attention!

Just Takes 2 Quilt – Favourite Blocks

Here are two of my favourite blocks from the Just takes 2 quiltalong -(http://justtakes2.com/about-the-quilt/)

Feathered Star

Loved this block – and the way it magically emerges from the nine patches.  First time I did y-seams too, were quite simple! This block really was not as intimidating as it looks, because the perfect instructions. I did make the corner squares 1/8 inch smaller than the given instructions,  benefiting from the experience of a fellow participant. Everything fell beautifully into place 🙂

Just Takes 2 Quilt - Feathered Star

Isn’t it a striking looking block? Maybe, one day, I’ll do a full quilt! Meanwhile, here is a close -up of one of the arms.

Close up of feathered star (Just takes 2 quiltalong)

 

This is machine pieced (not foundation pieced, and no hand piecing)

Eight Point Star (November Star?)

This block is hand pieced. And I did not add the seam allowance when cutting the pieces from the template! Which meant that the diamonds (with 4 angular seams) would not really fit into the triangles (with 3 angular seams) and squares (with 2 straight seams) . I managed to put it together with 1/8 inch seams in some places and 1/6″ (?) in others. My red ripper proved to be a great friend!

This also meant that my star was about 4″ instead of 6″ 😦

I decided to add a red and grey border to it to bring it to size.

Here is a view of the wrong side –

Wrong side of 8-point star block

Have you seen anything untidier? But I do love the little star in the middle!

And the right side was not so bad after all.

8 Point Star

The centre is not really a point – more of a swirl – but I don’t mind that at all. This is my `Framed Whirling 8-Point Star’ 🙂