The last feathered star square I made went so well that I thought I would try another, so I printed out the pieces for a larger, 15″ square. I wanted another fun middle and when I was rummaging around in my Asian stash of fabrics and tidbits, I found some reverse appliqué pieces done by the Hmong ladies, which you have just read about. I printed out more foundations for the small 10″ size, which was a perfect fit for this tiny 3″ square.
And here she is – – –
What a disaster! I have no idea in what order I pieced the first one, which went quite smoothly and is very flat. I sewed several sections of this one together and kept boxing myself in! I would end up with several interior seams to piece and no way to get them to cooperate. (I was also piecing in little “pleats”) I really wish I had made a master piecing plan of the first star and numbered the large sections to remind me of what I did. I finally had to rip all the pieces apart and start over – – – it was very frustrating. It’s not very flat or even and I am hoping that lots of quilting in the background areas will hide my wonky seams. I am happy with the overall design and all my fun hand dyed fabrics though…
There was a good bit of interest in the Hmong reverse appliquéd squares. As usual, when I find something unusual, I buy multiples of them and so I have a little stash of these squares. If you would like one to frame or make something out of, I have picked three pretty examples to give away. Leave a message and I will choose three winners on Saturday. First winner gets to choose the one she wants, and then number two gets her choice…
Tiny orange-y pink: design area about 3″
Small red and black: design area about 3″
Red and green: design area about 6″