This first photo shows 2 of the 3 star blocks that I finally settled on. The top star with the double points is machine appliqued. Aside from being the easiest one to assemble, it best captures a "twinkling" star. It has become my favourite. The smaller star underneath it was paper pieced. It was more time consuming, but the points are nice and crisp and it is securely pieced, so it will be quite durable. However, the strong diagonal lines created in the paper piecing process presented quite a challenge when trying to incorporate those lines into the rest of the quilting design. Too late to change it now!
Although the double pointed machine appliqued block is the closest to a twinkling star, the yellow cotton that I used in the points, (shot cotton), is not meant for this type of machine applique. It's softness and pliability, which makes it perfect for hand applique, makes it much too weak to withstand a lot of dense machine work, so there is a problem of it fraying along the satin-stitched edges. I will have to re-applique, (by hand), many of the points before I can secure it further with the FMQ. Live and learn!
|If you zoom in on the photo, you will see how the edges of the satin stitch are fraying. Ouch!|
The 3rd star block is the smaller star below. I used it mainly as a link between the larger stars.
The photo below shows some of the free motion quilting that is happening. Here you can see how I used the machine appliqued double pointed star as a quilting template as well.
This is one of my warm-up/practice blocks, where I audition different techniques and designs before I commit them to the actual quilt.
I am quite enjoying this last stage of the process and am slowly making my way to the final stitch.
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