Welcome to my blog about my quilting journey! I started quilting in 2006 with a quilt of my own design which started as a cushion cover and ended up as a single bed sized quilt! Now I'm totally hooked....maybe obsessed is a better word for it.

Friday, 3 May 2013

Star Seams from Six White Horses

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a post by Anna on her Six White Horses blog for a tutorial for a paper pieced star block called Star Seams which really caught my eye and I just knew I needed to give it a try one day.  Well last weekend I had finished all my April tasks and had a bit of sewing time so I thought ' Now's the time!'.

I had a fossick around in my stash and decided to make the block using some of my favourites at the moment.  I'm thinking I might make it into a pillow for our bed.

Anyway, here's how it turned out:

I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out, although do I wish I had changed back to darker thread when I was joining all the segments together.  The stitching shows up a little in the middle (as you can see below) but on the whole I think it looks good.  Hopefully by the end of the month I can quilt it and make that cushion cover!

I really love the effect of this star but I'm not sure whether I'll make another one!  There was a bit of fiddling around and I had to get a little creative when joining my halves together.  No-one was more surprised than me when it lined up as well as it does (luckily you can't see the back!)  Still, never say never - I may just feel the need again one day.

I have to say I probably saved my sanity in places by sewing the wedges together with a long basting stitch on my machine and checking they lined up before stitching them together with a short stitch.  Much easier to unpick that way when you don't get it quite right!

Thanks Anna for sharing your lovely design!


  1. This is so crisp and sharp! Great job! I cannot fathom how you handled all those seam-lines in the middle...

  2. It looks great! I love the different fabrics together!
    Hugz, Carin

  3. Hi Sooli, what a great star, I love it. I have to admit as soon as I read the word "fossick" I immediately thought you must have an opal background! We lived in Roxby Downs for 5 years and lots of our friends would go fossicking in the spoil piles at Andamooka. So it was pretty cool to see you are from Adelaide. What a beuatiful city.

  4. Its very effective! A great result.

  5. really nice block , you did a good job with it. the light thread could always be covered with a button.. if it really bugs you. i might give this a shot, when i clear the decks a bit

  6. Gorgeous block, Sue! And sharpy is a great way to cover exposed threads, if you have the right color....

    whoop whoop!!

  7. The points can really do you in! I have done some paper piecing in my quilting and it can be a doozey!

    I love the colors in your star!


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