There are only two blocks left to go in Barbara Brackman's Morris Hexathon and I'm now three blocks behind. But I have an excellent reason?!
I can't cut any of the pieces for them with my templates. )-:
And two of the three involve applique -- I can do it, I'm just not confident enough about it to work in such a small scale and I'm hesitant to get involved with the extra seams at some of the intersections .
If I decide I need a full 26 blocks, I may just make a couple duplicates of my favorite blocks or find some interesting variations.
I did make #22 Hyde Park -- H53 and N78 work together for this one!
I used N73c to measure the width of the strip for the small diamonds and then referred back to an earlier post (HERE) to refresh my mind on how to cut small diamonds with this template -- so glad I shared that idea with you so it doesn't get lost. The sixth picture down from the top in that post was the one I needed.
This is the backside of N78 and you'll notice that I don't take off all the paper when I start using a template -- it's a great anti-skid surface!! I needed a half hexagon and added my own line to the paper to cut those.
H53 has a dashed line down the center and I used it to line up my template on this stripe for the large diamonds. I folded the strip in half wrong sides together -- it's an uneven stripe and doing this enables me to create crisp, clean chevrons at the center of the star as you'll see in the following pictures.
Making the three piece units for the outer edge of the block is just like piecing tumbling block units! Start at the outside edges, stitch to the center dot, and pivot out.
Here are the outer edge units ready to insert in the three star segments. I always make 6-pointed stars this way -- the results are so much better for me than making two half-stars.
You can read my explanation of how I do it HERE in a post from my Diamond Star Playtime series.
Here are the three completed segments ready to set together into the star.
The star is ready for the final three outer units.
And here it is, Hyde Park star. I like this block and intend to use it in a larger size for a future quilt.set-in simplified technique featured on my DVD. It's now been just over four years since Mary O'Keefe shared her idea with me in a set-in piecing workshop and what a blessing it has been to my piecing!!
Here are my twenty-one finished blocks in no particular order.
What do you think?
I really like all the stars, not so crazy about some of the simpler blocks -- they look clunky but Barbara doesn't intend for them to sit edge to edge like this.
At the very least, they will make a great teaching tool during my expanded workshop this winter!
Keep on piecing!!