Celestial Star Quilt Along
Have you seen this Celestial Star pattern by From Blank Pages, Diane Bohn? It is amazing. It is so versatile and the block finishes at 24″. THAT’S HUGE! After seeing all the different variations all over instagram, #celestialstarqal, I had to try it. Proud to say the block is made mostly from background scraps and color scraps from the Monster Madness quilt.
The hardest thing about the pattern is planning your colors, but Diane provides a coloring page so you can plan before you cut. Neat, right?
It is a pretty straight-forward paper piecing quilt project.
I decided early on that I wouldn’t stress out about the colors. I figured if I made each of the 3 sections identical, the block would turn out just fine. So then the paper piecing really got under way.
The light is really the best part of the paper piecing. Just hold it up, and you can see the seam allowances. No problemo. Unfortunately, I’m still not very good at the whole paper piecing. Thinking asymmetrically is NOT my jam. So there was alot of this…
And to coin a phrase my friend Sarah J says – I had loads of Bonus Seams. You know, when you stitch your piece and you flip it over…. and then you realize it was asymmetrical and you are now missing just about an inch of fabric to cover up the paper. Le’Sigh. (Side note: Run on sentences ARE my jam.)
So now that’s settled, I could trim up my pieces. They look so lovely and so accurate. Thank you, Paper Piecing! I used a tiny bit of stick glue to hold the points to the paper. Smart move.
Now to try to see how my whole “just make each section identical” plan is working. Yeah… not so good. I was on pace to have an awkward amount of orange and some seriously stray green center points. So, brace yourself, I ended up ripping out some of the orange square and re-stitching them. I used the seam ripper more on this project than I have in the past month.
Ok, I think my new plan will come together. Phew that is a LOAD of paper. It is pretty great. There’s tutorials online about “spinning” the middle intersection so the center seams don’t get too bulky.
Yeah, I wasn’t too good with that “spinning” method. I did not do that well at all. I’d say the middle constitutes a tiny disaster.
I was so happy to have my block all done. I pressed it and smoothed it out and stared at it and put it on the design wall and took a picture and everything…..
Then I remembered it still had all that dang paper in the back. Lordy Pete. All that work and fabulousness, and bonus seams and seam ripping and I STILL HAVE TO RIP OUT THAT STUPID PAPER.
So… paper piecing is not my favorite, but Diane’s block is pretty amazing.
Now, the giant block will live in the UFO box until I decide on how I’m going to make this the center medallion in a round robin style quilt. You know the kind, where each border has a different theme/motif/pattern. Anyway, more on that later.