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.







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.







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







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.



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.







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.







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.