Spinning stars is a pretty one patch pattern, with lots of movement because of the curves. The picture above shows the blue and white version I have begun. (The other two stars show some other color and design ideas.) I taught a class yesterday with three ladies anxious to sharpen their hand piecing skills. For many quilters, hand piecing is a dirty word, but you can’t always drag your sewing machine around! I would never (sorry Kathy) hand sew a log cabin pattern with long straight lines, but a little curved shape like this keeps me entertained. If you worry about color combinations, a scrap quilt like this one is an easy way to try out different fabrics and colors. There really are no ugly squares because when you sew them all together in a quilt top, they look amazing, and the star you think is ugly may be one that someone else will love.
There is an acrylic template available, which means you can cut out the pieces by hand or with a rotary cutter. Then you need to trace a pencil in the grooves of the template to mark the sewing lines.
When you sew curves, you get concave and convex shapes…. are you remembering math class? They seem like they can’t be sewn together, but with a few strategically placed pins and a bit of coaxing, it can be done. Because of the star shape, many of the edges are on the bias, which makes them sew together more easily.
A two hour class is simply an introduction. Hopefully Kathy, Kathy and Judi were intrigued enough to continue to sew a whole spinning star quilt. In this winter of intense cold and lots of snow, hand sewing in front of a crackling fire is just the thing!