Oh my stars!

Y-Seam inset stars

I’ve been watching a lot of Sharon Schamber on YouTube lately, she has a tutorial for y-seam 8-point inset stars, I thought I might use it to create my “Modern Mable” quilt. I have a few prints by Joanna Figueroa which I thought would be beautiful for this quilt, traditional but modern which is what I’m striving for. Sharon is very accurate, uses a lot of starch, a hard ironing surface and a dry iron. As you can see by my results, her methods work! My finished squares needed very little trimming and I think the more I make, the better I’ll get.

I know these stars aren’t what the “in crowd” are into at the moment but I’ve only been quilting for a year and feel that learning traditional techniques are invaluable.

What are you up to this week?

Linking up with Freshly PIeced and The Needle and Thread Network.


17 thoughts on “Oh my stars!

  1. Great blocks, they look very accurate. And I think there’s no need to gow with the “in crowd”, you aren’t a lemming after all, no? At least that’s my take on the whole quilting thing…

  2. You may be thinking that Modern is the thing, but it is ALL based on Traditional! I love the traditional blocks and always return to them… Love your choice of fabric — any anyone can use a refresher of how to to do those pivots, they can be quite daunting!

    • Thank you so much for your comment and support Susan! I’m not a traditional quilter per se but sometimes I really feel the techniques have been lost in translation. And thank you for taking the time to comment!

    • Hi Brye Lynn, for the center of the star I clipped through the middle of the bulk then pressed half one way and half the other, I take a photo and blog about that as it helps flatten the middle seams.
      Thanks for taking the time to stop by and comment!

  3. Once all those “modern quilters” get more learning, they’ll be drawn back to the traditional soon enough anyways! Maybe with their own take on things, yes…I think there are some great fresh elements to what they call modern quilting these days, but I would agree that you should do what you feel like, and say who cares! You learn what you like as you go along, and with enough passion and conviction, anything can be “cool”!

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