Click HERE for the PDF
YYYEEEAAA HHHHAAAWWW, Cowgirls and Cowboys~~~~it's time for a change of attitude. After guiding 5 of my friends as they made a feathered star quilt block, I have decided that the need is large to give quilters some much needed confidence that the feathered star is a doable block. Nothing more than a fabric puzzle, the Feathered Star just has more pieces than most blocks. Rules must be followed, but if you treat the block as a simple 9-patch block and assemble each section ONE AT A TIME, you CAN do it.
Say this over and over until you really believe it, "HARD BY THE YARD, BUT A CINCH BY THE INCH!". This is our MOTTO for this project. One step at a time, if yo will stay with me, we will be successful in making a Feathered Star quilt block!
I am going to go on and tell you that it is not even that important to get the seam allowance the exact right size. What IS IMPORTANT is to sew with a consistantly sized seam allowance. That being said, I will tell you that when I discovered that I could actually make a Feathered Star I learned that if I could sew a consistant seam allowance all my pieces would fall together like dominos. It is the best thing since sliced bread (as my mother use to say). There is alot that has to be done here on the ranch, but YOU are the focus as I attempt this feat. So, quilters, the cows are grazing in the fields, it's not time to harvest the hay yet, the chores have been done, the big kids are in school and the little ones are taking a nap, and supper is in the "Crockpot". Let's prove that you CAN make a Feathered Star Quilt Block! Come on! What have you got to lose? A little stash and a little time--but what you have to gain is confidence and beautiful Feathered Star Block to use as the center of a wall hanging or a focus on a new tote. Let's get started---------
In this post I will guide you in picking out your fabric, give you some beginning tips, a tutorial on making half square triangle units using a method called bias strip method. This is Step one to making your star.
1. I use starch or Mary Ellen's Best Press on my fabrics before cutting. This gives the pieces stability and helps keep the bias edges from stretching. When pressing do your best not to move your iron around on bias edges. Not touching them with the iron at all is best, but sometimes, you just can't help it.
2. Test your 1/4 inch seam allowance to make sure it is as close to perfect as it can be. Recently a friend recommended this foot and I have certainly enjoyed using it. If you are having a problem getting that perfect 1/4 inch seam, this might just be your answer.
FABRIX--This is a Stash Buster project. For your first FS, consider making it with stash fabric. One block--that is all--just one block--!! You will need 5 fabrix.
This is only the first installment of the Feathered Star Tutorial. This is taking more time than I thought it would, so please bear with me. I will get you there. I don't want you to agonize over the process, but it seams that I need to include alot of information to make sure that EVERYBODY can ride this horse home!!! If you know what I mean---lol SEW--Just make 32 1 1/2 inch half square blocks -seams pressed open--to be used for your quilt block's feathers. I don't care how you make them, just make them and I will come back soon to tell you what to do next!
My 5 friends are firm believers that the Portable Big Bock Flannel Board is a real key to staying organized as you make the Feathered Star. Go HERE to see how I made mine. It will only take about 30 minutes. Now is the time to get that done.
Time to cut the rest of the pieces for your Feathered Star.
5 1/4 inches square.
Ok Dolls and Guys--start cutting and I will see you soon for step 3!
OH MAN!!! You still have one triangle to cut--sorry--it was not until I began to put my own block together that I realized it. It is background fabric (same as large squares and triangles) and the size is 1 7/8 inch. Cut 8 squares and then cut them once diagonally which yeilds 16 triangles.