Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Bee Vintage - The Starburst Block

A notable difference between my BEE Vintage quilt block swap and the Vintage Sheet Freedom Bee project is that in one I decided which block I wanted to make (and made it over and over again in everyone else's fabrics) and in the other I am being asked to make a block of someone else's choosing in my own fabrics.

Got that?

So while you may have tired of seeing the Shoofly Block ad nauseum, you will now be treated to a variety of blocks as I work through this bee that I may or may not have any proficiency in making.

Case in point:

Starburst Block #1

Starburst Block #2

Both of these blocks were made using a tutorial for The Starburst Block found at Film in the Fridge. Please note that I am not faulting the writer of the tutorial . . . I just had quite a time figuring out the whole "points in the center" thing. And if you scrutinize the photos above (or even if you glanced past them) you probably noticed that they are not quite . . . well . . . as pointed as they ought to be.

As much as I wanted to keep on keeping on until they were perfect, I was starting to lose my mind this weekend as I worked on them. I also noticed my modest vintage sheet pile dwindling immensely as I made assorted mess-ups. Is this a craft fail? Based on some of the other stuff I worked up, I'd say no . . . but it's not exactly something I'm strutting my stuff excited to show off either.

Anyone else try that tutorial? Is there a secret to the inner points that I'm missing? Because I've got to say that I think it's going to make a totally awesome quilt in the end . . . maybe even with my stubby "points".


Kathy February 22, 2011 at 8:43 PM  

Points are tricky, for sure. I find the best method is to make a dot (with erasable marker) where the "point" is on each piece, and when attaching each piece (marked with the "point") stick a pin through the point of the fabrics before sewing... so all the "points" are in alignment. Hope that makes sense.
But not to worry, your squares look great to me!!!

Ronni and Sean February 22, 2011 at 8:56 PM  

I like 'em!

I likewise am losing my mind over trying to finish a t-shirt quilt...I'm almost finished, and my sewing machine started acting up. I quilted maybe half of it, and now for some reason whenever I try to sew, my stitches are all uneven and the thread is bunching up on the backside. I tried changing needles, changing thread, adjusting tension, adjusting stitch length....all to no avail. I even made a little trash quilt with a layer of the backing and batting to test various things out on, and it will look perfect...then I switch to the real deal and it's the same story. I can't even look at it anymore!

Skooks February 22, 2011 at 9:07 PM  

K - Thank you. Next time I will definitely try that method out.

R - Are you using a ball point needle? and did you clean the lint out? It might help . . . it might not, but i hear you and FEEL YOUR PAIN.

Angie from Dear Spring Green February 24, 2011 at 1:01 AM  

Oh dear! I will send you extra fat quarters when it's your turn! I think they look great!!!

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