Stars and Sashings

Has this ever happened to you?  I was so excited (I mean really excited) to finally start stitching my blocks together, along with the paper pieced stars and sashings.  I obviously wasn’t paying attention…just pinning and stitching…pinning and stitching.  Did I mention I was really excited?

Then I spent a bit of time ripping out and ripping out. Then, again with the pinning and the stitching.  Ah…..that’s much better!

So now that all the blocks are going the correct way (I think), it is time to start working on the border, which has some lovely appliqued scallops.  Can’t wait to get started on those.  I absolutely loved paper piecing those little stars.  I ran into a tiny glitch that I want to share with you.  The stars are supposed to be 4 1/2″ square unfinished.  And so the sashings are  cut at 4 1/2″ x 15 1/2″ to match the stars.  Well…for some reason, my stars measured 4 1/4” square.  Every single one of them.  Hardly the end of the world, though…

Thank goodness I hadn’t cut my sashing strips yet, otherwise I would have been trimming them down from 4 1/2″ to 4 1/4″, which would have been a pain in the neck.  So, when I did cut my sashings, I cut them 4 1/4” x 15 1/2.  The moral of this story is to make your stars first, then cut your sashings to match that measurement.

I have been taking a bit of time to work on my samples for The Academy of Applique 2018.  This is all I can show you now:)

I just want to remind anyone who is interested in the Bed of Roses BOM, that July 1 is fast approaching.  If you are thinking of signing up, there are a couple of spots left, so best hurry!  The details are on the website Simple Bird Studio.

Til next time….

Kerry

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One thought on “Stars and Sashings

  1. Hi, Kerry! Your quilt is gorgeous, and thank you for showing your boo boo — we all make those mistakes but darned if I don’t feel stupid every time I do it. My favorite is when I sew the block upside down, rip out all of the stitches, and then I sew it upside down AGAIN!

    As for your paper piecing, are you by any chance printing your foundation patterns from PDF files using the built-in PDF viewer in Windows 10? I had the exact same problem after getting a new Windows 10 laptop, every block finishing 1/4″ too small, and it was because the dumb Win 10 PDF viewer was automatically scaling. Here’s how I fixed it: http://cheekycognoscenti.blogspot.com/2016/07/quilters-using-windows-10-read-this.html

    Have a great day and happy stitching!

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