The Last Four Stars

I didn’t feel like I’d made any progress until I got the parts assembled and could lay out the block into a 9-patch.

1 star partial

At this point it almost feels finished even though there are several seams left to sew.

Plan A was to have the  quilt layout planned today.  Not gonna happen, and here’s why.  I’m going to need a whole day to assemble the alternate blocks once they are laid out.  When the design bed is opened, it takes the whole living room and is very awkward. Meanwhile once the quilt is laid out, I don’t want to pick it up till stitched together. This grouping just doesn’t lend itself to any stacking method I know that would allow me to keep track of what goes where. So a one-day sewing marathon is in my future. (And with the stay-at-home order there will be days.)

1 star alternate block

All the alternate blocks are at this point. Because I planned each star to have its own background, I need to synchronize those backgrounds with one square in each of its adjacent alternate blocks. So I can’t finish the alternate blocks till I know which stars will be next to each of its sides. And that won’t be known till I decide first where each star will go and second which parts of the alternate block will be arranged together beside it.

So, the final four.

1 4 stars

Hmmm. Yes, I see that oops. Funny how sometimes you don’t notice till you see a photo. At least this is before any more seams are sewn.

When I started making the star blocks,  spent a lot of time looking for the right square to put in each corner. But once I laid the blocks out with the alternate between them, I saw that the corner square blends so much into the other squares that it really doesn’t matter.  (You can see what I mean in the layout here or in the Irish Stars button in the sidebar.) So I have dithered a lot less since then.

Usually I’ve photographed blocks in even numbered sets, like the above. However, last time I had an odd number. That photo suggested another possible layout for a quilt without the chain alternate blocks. I had to check it out.

1 5 stars layout

I think that would make an interesting quilt someday.

The two end stars don’t have white centers. The white is the four squares that match the background being kept with them for when I finally get the layout planned.

It won’t be too much longer, just not today.

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10 responses to “The Last Four Stars

  1. You seem to be completely on top of what you need to do despite the lack of space. In your shoes, I’d be hopelessly confused!

  2. Susan Nixon

    Yay! Your stars being finished means things are almost at the top stage! Wonderful layout and stitching days ahead. That alternate setting is also very interesting.

  3. Those of us with design beds do need to work quickly once the layout is decided.

  4. The design bed has been opened😀! Congratulations on the progress

  5. You are so organized! Your stars will be sewn so quickly you will not have time to mix all the pieces 😉
    Love the 2nd layout, very interesting.

  6. YAY YOU! It is looking wonderful. Keep stitching!

  7. Vicki in MN

    I am really liking this block, can’t say that I have seen it before.

  8. Best of luck on getting your quilt top together. It’s going to be SEW awesome (no matter HOW you decide to lay it out!)

  9. Good to have a somewhat extensive project under the circumstances!

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