01 September 2014

Round Trip Quilts Center Block

I had a GREAT time in Honduras. I was in the Bay Islands on Roatan and Utila. So pretty, and some of the best snorkeling in the world from right off the beach! You just walk out a few yards and swim among the fish in the reef! It was a little frustrating because a lot of tourists don't respect the reef (I saw people standing on it while I was on the beach), but overall an awesome experience, and a very affordable vacation.

Well, once I got back I had a huge case of the lazies. Usually I'm busy doing several different projects for work and sewing, but for the past two weeks it was all I could do to prep for one class that I'm teaching this fall. I did have time for sewing (and I finished my Night Music in the Desert quilt - hopefully I'll post later this week!), but I just didn't feel like blogging. Now that my schedule's filling up again blogging has returned as my favorite means of procrastinating.

Right now I'm just finishing up my Round Trip Quilts center. I've got the block all done, I just need to work on filling out the notebook that will take the trip with the quilt.

Round Trip Quilts
Here's the block: Feathered Edge Star (with borders). 

My mom bought me 'A Flock of Feathered Stars' by Carolyn Cullinan McCormick, which is where I got the pattern for the center star. I love the look of feathered stars, but all the ones in the book are very dated, not made in fabrics that I would have chosen. I wanted to brighten up the star with my fabric choice, and I think I'm happy with how it turned out. I used the freezer paper method of paper piecing, which I like because I just had to trace the templates (rather than photocopying), and I could reuse the templates for each section as many times as I needed to get the required pieces. The downside (for me) is a slight loss in precision, so I lost some of my points, and some of my joints don't meet as crisply as I would have liked...but I'm fine with that. I'm finding the more improve I do the more willing I am to lose a few points - even when it's not on an improve project!

Round Trip Quilts
I wanted to make the 'feathered' portion more like a border. 
Round Trip Quilts
I got the fabric with the paper planes and boys in Innsbruck, Austria.
I like getting fabric as a souvenir - Thanks Mom!
(even though I probably could have found it in the states, too). 

I'll be attempting to keep up with all the quilts in the tab at the top of my blog, as inspired by Jennifer. And if you want to get to know the other members through their blogs, here they are:

Heather at QA Creations
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Mary at See Mary Quilt
Christina at WIPs and Tuts
Jennifer at Never Just Jennifer
Chelsea at Patch the Giraffe


  1. I love the feathered look to the star, too! It will be fun to watch how your quilt progresses through the hop.

  2. Oh this looks awesome, I hope I get it next :).

  3. Gorgeous star! I had to look hard to find any missing points :) I love all the colours and that fabric with the boy and the paper plane is so cute! I can't wait to see what everyone does in your round robin! Maybe I can steal some border ideas lol :)

  4. Ooo! Can't wait to see this in my mailbox! It's lovely!

  5. Great choice of fabrics and colours for your centre block ... I'm looking forward to watching you quilt grow in the round robin :)

  6. It's so pretty! I love all types of stars and your fabrics are so fresh and cheery. Can't wait to get my turn with it!

  7. Ooh - I don't think I've ever seen a feathered star! Very neat!


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