|Tutorial for a 12 inch finished Feathered Star|
Here we are, Block 35 of the Skill Builder Sampler, a 12 inch Feathered Star. I'm not going to lie - this block is a killer - a real Skill Builder. Lots of pieces to cut, trim and piece. Lots of half square triangles that have to face a certain way and inset seams, but it is do-able. My block isn't perfect, but I am hoping you will be able to do better. :)
If you would like to practice making feathers on a smaller scale you can make this feathered pinwheel, Kansas Troubles, instead. It was featured last year as part of Barbara Brackman's Civil War Sampler. It finishes at 8 inches square, so just add on some 2.5 inch borders to bring it up to 12.5 inches. But if you are feeling up to a challenge, take a deep breath and jump into the Feathered Star Tutorial.
From the background fabric cut:(1) 6 7/8 inch square - cut it in quarters along both diagonals
(4) 3 5/8 inch squares
(12) 2.25 inch squares - draw a line along the diagonal
(8) 1.75 inch squares - cut in half along the diagonal
From the "Middle Star Fabric" cut:
(1) 4.25 inch square
(4) 2.75 inch squares - cut in half along the diagonal
From the "Feather Fabric" cut:
(12) 2.5 inch squares
(8) 1.5 inch squares
(8) 1 3/8 inch 45 degree diamonds
this great post by Sandi of Piecemeal Quilts to make 24 half square triangles out of the (12) 2.25 inch background and feather fabric squares. Trim the half square triangles (hst) to 1.5 inches square.
(I totally blanked taking a picture of the two orientations together. But the other 4 should be oriented in the same direction as the two hst units above on the right. Or you can just wait and look at the layout below and sew the units together then.)
YEA!!! We are making progress!
Sew in the inset triangles on each side as shown above. Press really well, square up to size if necessary (12.5 inches).
Take some deep breaths and choose to overlook the fact that the points aren't all perfect and that the points of the diamonds will be cut off when it is attached to other blocks (arrggg!) and just enjoy all that did go right.
Take your block out for a walk and photo shoot. :) You both deserve it!!!
YOU DID IT!!!