I finished my Feathered Star test block today. I was up really early this morning so I copied the templates onto freezer paper and got everything ready to go. I can't tell you how much I love getting up early to work on a new quilt. The coffee is hot and my 16 year old cat, Bozz, is very chatty. It's my favorite part of the day.
It took FOREVER to make this first block but the first one always takes longer than I think it should. The block is 12.5 inches, unfinished, and that means that those feathers are ridiculously TEENY! I will likely need about 25 of these blocks, maybe 20, but I never know this early in the game. The quilt will tell me just what it wants to be as we move along.
I used leftover French General fabrics so that I could get the feel for the newer French General fabrics that I will be using for this quilt. This block may or may not make the final cut for the quilt. We'll see...
I had a hard time finding my background fabric and finally settled on a Kona Cotton muslin type. It is not white-white, but more of a creamy neutral. The photo above shows it just a smidge darker than it really is, but I am liking it so far.
The paper templates from the book that I am using are beautifully drafted and the block went together perfectly. My points on the feathers look really good and the block lays flat! That's all that any piecer ever wants. Oh, and did I mention that each block contains 169 pieces? I counted!
So here I go, off into Feathered Star-land! It is my sincere hope to have these blocks done within about two months. If I can piece faster, I can have completed quilts faster!
Update... the next day.
I was up early again, just couldn't wait to sew. I finished block number 2. This one went much faster than the first block, thank goodness.