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Split Stars Quilt

A couple of years ago Amanda Hall from Monkey Buttons came to our quilt group to give a workshop on some of her designs.  I chose to make the split stars using some layer cakes from Zen Chic.

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As the cutting was quite complex and the making of the block was rather time consuming, I didn’t make a lot of progress at the class and the project had become one of those UFOs lurking at the bottom of a box.  And if I’m honest, I wasn’t very happy with how the blocks turn out – you need to be really accurate.

So it seemed about time to get on and finish it – I thought it would make a rather lively statement on the bed in our shepherd’s hut.

Each of the blocks needs two backgrounds and fabric for two half stars.

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With some careful cutting I’ve managed to get enough fabric to make two half triangles so the star is truly split .

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So far I’ve made 16 blocks and they have not got any quicker to make!  I’ve also realised that I get quite bored making lots of the same block even using different fabrics so rather than make another 14 which I think I need to make the quilt big enough, I’m going to put the blocks I’ve made so far on point on a dark grey background and go from there.  But I don’t seem to have the right grey in my stash and will need to wait for my local patchwork shop (Sew & Sos in Bungay) to open after the holidays.

 

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A real treat

I was recently in the US and realised that I wasn’t a million miles from Jinny Beyer’s Studio in Great Falls, Virginia.

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I have huge admiration for her fabrics as well as the wonderful book she took 10 years to produce which catalogues lots of patchwork blocks. I find it a wonderful resource if I’m looking for inspiration or am looking for a particular book.Jenny was at the shop and it was lovely to meet her in person.  They were taking part in a shop hop across North Virginia and Maryland so the place was buzzing with ladies who were visiting all 10 shops and picking up free patterns and other goodies.

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Knowing I was unlikely to be back – at least for a while – I bought some lovely kits of her fabrics which I’m now itching to start.