October is flying by and we are ready to sew the half-square triangle borders for our Pixie Medallion star. Feathered star is one of my favorite classic quilt designs, but the traditional block can be tricky to sew, with set-in (Y) seams and partial seams. The Pixie Medallion is so much simpler! Just straight sewing, so here we go.
I know that some people like to do half-square triangles different ways. If you cut and sew them according the pattern instructions (like I do), there is no trimming required. Your little units, before they are sewn together, should measure 2 1/8″ square. If you have your own method of sewing, that’s fine, just make sure you end up with squares that are 2 1/8″.
I decided to make my triangles all pink and white except for the ones that fall at the centers, which are the yellow fabric. I still sewed them the same, as shown in steps 13-17 of the pattern. (above)
Now it’s starting to get exciting! Do you see your star coming together? Here is what my A and B star points look like so far. Make sure you notice that they need to be mirror images…that determines which sides you sew the white strips to (step 7) and how the triangle borders are attached (step 18).
I like to arrange my star point pieces the way they will be in the finished block and then place the triangle strips next to the side of the triangle they will be sewn. Then I can sew the first strip to all eight star points, press, and do the second strip. This method ensures I don’t mix any of the pieces up and string piecing speeds things up a bit, too. Notice that the triangle strip isn’t exactly the same length as your star point (above). Make sure when you sew it that the pieces are lined up like you see in my photo. My yellow triangles correspond to the blue ones in the pattern.
I have to say I am really delighted with how this is coming along! If you haven’t started yours yet, I hope you join us (-: I will share my finished star the end of the month, I cannot wait to see it all sewn up! Wendy and I have prize drawings planned for everyone who posts their center star block, so stay tuned and keep sewing.
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