Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Phebe - Keeping it Real

Last week, I finished sewing all the fussy cut sashing on to the wonky Phebe star blocks. I was relieved I was done with that step and excited to start sewing them all together this week. I wasn't so happy with the results though! Below's an example of my not so stellar piecing which is the reason I've spent the past two days picking off the horizontal sashing.
I realized I hadn't been accurate enough when cutting the cornerstones. They're only 1/2 inch square finished so being off just a little bit is bad. Sometimes I had to trim only a very minute amount off of the block to square them up. By the way, I hate squaring up.

Its a slow process but I've carefully resewn the stars for the left side together again.

Lots of pinning to match seams and to try to get the star points to line up. Notice the word "try", these are wonky stars afterall!

I'm also still working on embroidery! Lots of French Knots happening. I keep seeing more embroidery to add but for now, I'm concentrating on the leaves.

The next border (around the stars) is going to be very time consuming so I'm trying to work on it a little at a time in advance. I'm paper piecing the dogtooth borders and have drawn out the strips on paper. I copy the original and then cut the strips apart. After my experience with the cornerstones, I don't think I could be accurate enough if I were to hand piece the triangles. What do the numbers mean? Never mind them, that was another idea of mine that didn't work. The finished triangles measure 1 inch at the base and are 1 inch tall. Since there are two of these borders, that's a lot of little triangles!

Until next time, Mayleen


  1. Loving the cornerstones and especially the fabric for the sashing. It does look time consuming. I really like your idea for the little triangle borders--that would make them exactly the right size and could get done a little quicker. I would love to see what you have done for the embroidery on the leaves. It really makes them interesting and draws you eye throughout the whole applique piece.

  2. My goodness, there sure is a lot of fiddly work in this quilt but it is looking great. Good luck with the next steps.

  3. It's going to be a show stopper. That is one amazing triangle border. Thanks for sharing.

  4. I think that your quilt is looking wonderful, but I see what you mean about the cornerstones. I would love to start this quilt sometime (I'm receiving a BOM) but I'm so afraid to start! Yours is an inspiration.

  5. I still love your Phebe, Mayleen! I understand the problem with the cornerstones... The Ohio-stars are just wonderful! As is your triangleborder: great!

  6. It's absolutely beautiful! Have you named the birds yet?

  7. What a beautiful quilt. You are very patient to sew half-inch corner blocks (and to unstitch, recut, and restitch). It sounds like you'll be much happier with them having been redone. The applique border is gorgeous!

  8. You are SO precise! And a glutton for punishment. Award-winning... I'm just sayin'!