Welcome back for part 2 of the Feathered Star Tutorial – this will be assembly. I have done an all picture tutorial for you – I am a visual learner and for a technique like this I think it will be really helpful. If you are looking for part one (cutting) – go here.
NOTE: ¼” seams are of vital importance for this block. Check that you are using an accurate seam allowance BEFORE you start piecing this block. ALSO! Be sure that you do not stretch the triangles when sewing them.
We will start with putting together the HSTs that you made yesterday following the 2 wonderful tutorials I linked to: I recommend chain piecing your pairs together for speed.
The star points are assembled in pairs. Here is the layout before for each pair, you will make 4 sets.
Starting with the right side point, you will assemble the diamond section first:
Assemble the left section the same way, except you will need to reverse the pieces
Next assemble the right side center section:
Add left side of center section:
Make sure that you stop sewing at where the sections meet (1/4” from end)
Add inside triangles:
Add diamond sections:
Add top triangle, start with the left side:
Next sew right side:
Make center “peekaboo diamond”:
Assemble the border for the center section:
You have now assembled all of the sections – you are ready to layout your block – it is a basic 9 patch now! Sew it up and you are done!!!
The first time I assembled this block it took me 3 days, but keep in mind that I didn’t know what I was doing. I didn’t have a tutorial for the block that I designed, I just went with it. I have now made 3 of these and the third one took me 2 nap times to assemble (that’s about 4 hours total) – 1 nap time to cut, 1 nap time to sew. I measure all my sewing time in nap times 🙂
Good luck and if you make one of these from my tutorial I would love to see it and if you have any questions, please let me know! And don’t forget to enter the Fat Quarter Shop giveaway for a Layer Cake of Quilt Blocks – which is what I am using to make my feathered stars!