Still Here Working Away….

How does time get away so fast.  It is mid-October and and I don’t have very much to show for myself.  Way too much socializing and I can also throw in a bit under the weather.  My allergies are killing me.  I wonder if what is supposed to be fall in the Ozarks but feels like a mild summer is having it’s effect on me.  Either way I’m dragging my feet.  It could simply be just not enough hours in the day.

So pushing forward I am working on my Saturday Sampler Block 11 a Chevron Star Variation.  8 pointed stars and y-seams have never been anywhere near the top of my list of favorite blocks, actually, it doesn’t make the list at all.   Here I am  making faces at the block.  It’s been quite some time since I have worked with diamonds and y-seams so I am going back to basics and marking all of my  intersecting seam allowances.  I know it’s putzy and I’m sure there are quicker ways but in my defense I have been away from the quilting world for over 10 years and I am having to rely on my own knowledge base.  It is what it is.  I want my block to be flat when finished and not have a “D” cup in the middle.003005004

I also got some advice from my newest rescue “Gibbs”.  He did give me his paw of approval.


Gibbs encouraged me to stay the course and carry on.  I even momentarily considered hand piecing this block and then came to my senses and sat back down at the machine.

Here are photos of the process:






Yep, I remembered how to sew together an 8 pointed star with y-seams and no “D” cups in sight!  Now that’s cause for celebration.  No poofy center to try to “quilt out”.  Not happening here!

Now I get to prep Block 3 of A Boy and a Girl.  That makes me happy!

Have a wonderful day everyone and celebrate your accomplishments.



About Sissy Malone

I've been actively sewing since Jr. High School. But specifically drawn to quilting since I was 17/18 years old. My grandmother was a quilter and I became fascinated with the process. I fell in love (awestruck) is a better word viewing applique quilts by Gladys Rashka at the Minnesota State Fair in the 70's. A love affair was born of applique quilts. I still machine piece, but am always drawn to applique. I took classes learning different techniques and also traveled to California and studied a whole week at Asilomar with Elly Sienkiewicz. Quilting is my passion. I am always open to learning a new technique but still rely on handwork. View all posts by Sissy Malone

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