I still do not have enough background fabric for all my Round the Year quilt block circles, but I have started working on them in any case. The first block that I finished is Block Thirteen, the “Feathered Star”.
Those of you who are making the block may have noticed that I have reversed the background of the square, so that light part of the circle is highlighted against the dark background and vice versa. The first pic below shows the way it was planned and the second shows how it was finally joined.
This is the only block circle that was made in sixths of a circle, so the background squircle ( being equal to square minus circle) was cut in 6 pieces. Each was joined to a wedge. The wedges ( including respective background) were joined in threes to make one half of the square and then the other.
I pressed the seams in a whorl, clockwise, to reduce the bulk in the centre!
You must be wondering which layout I am finally using for the quilt? Here it is! Layout Option 3, which finishes at 100″x 100″.
The background will use three shades of blue, the deepest at the edges of the quilt and the lightest in the centre. (Shouldn’t it be the other way at dusk? Light at the edges and dark in the centre? Artistic licence – the blocks show up much better against a light background!) I have enough of the deep blue; it is the lighter blues that I ran out of, as I used them up to make my “Seasons in the Sun” quilt. I will calculate exactly how much fabric to order after using up what I have at hand.
Please admire the almost perfect centre of my feathered star, while I go off to cut fabric for the Venus and Sapphire blocks! They are the only ones joined to the backgrounds in eighths, if I remember correctly!