I needed to draft the block, and although I had Karen Stone's EQ program, it only prints out the full size pattern. So what I did was print out an 8 pointed star block from EQ and then I had to draw the pattern in by hand.
Anyway, to make the checked border, I resorted to using graph paper, which was perfect. The center square was 8.5 inches unfinished.
I pieced it to the center block
And I just free pieced the outer border. The original pattern had a plan, but I didn't want to make one, so I just pieced it.
You know how you can look at things and like them, but then you notice all of the things about it that aren't good? The thing about miniature quilts is that if there is something not right, it is right in your face. One of the things I would change, is the pieces in the very center. They should have been closer to the background of each diamond. Because of the water soluble paper that I couldn't remove, it was difficult to cleanly piece the center, and the setting squares/triangles.
The thing that always escapes me when I decide to piece a miniature with lot's of tiny spires, is when they all come together in that one spot, it is going to be in a 1/4" area, and leave a big lump. And if you have the added thickness of a foundation that is still there, it complicates everything even more. You would think I would learn.
It all kind of nagged at me, so I re-drafted the pattern with the spires going in the correct direction.
This time, I used Vellum for the foundation. I used Cherrywoods hand dyes, adjusted the background so that the spires would show up. I decided to use my "add and eighth" ruler this time and trim every seam to 1/8" as I pieced on the foundation.
And the best tool of all;
I took a class with Jan Krentz so I could learn how to piece a lone star, but this DVD is invaluable for your library. I have her book, but it is great to be able to actually SEE how she pieces the whole thing together. She has a trick for piecing the star and setting blocks.
Oh, and another thing that I love for making scrappy miniature quilts;
I do have some plans for this fall and winter. I am going to slowly work my way through my miniature quilt books and try to learn from the masters. I still have a lot to learn.
Have a good weekend!!