But first, the two blocks!
I think that they are pretty and I can't wait to see all the blocks that Rachel gets and how she puts them together! Hopefully she'll make these look like they belong in the same quilt. ;)
You've probably seen a similar block to my ring of stars around. And I'll be the first to admit that I was deeply inspired by Zonnah's block here. In fact, I even intended to just make her block originally. But then I realized that her design is for a 10" block and I needed to make a 12" block. Since I was going to have to change the pattern to suit my block size, I took the opportunity to do my own design based on the original concept of a ring of wonky stars.
My version, because it is slightly larger, allows you to make the eight wonky nine patches individually and then connect them together. I like this method as I mentioned before because there are soooo many little pieces and this helped my brain tackle just a portion of the block at a time without getting hopelessly confused. (mom with a one year old...what can I say? the brain just isn't all there)
This block is not for the faint of heart, but it's very satisfying to accomplish something this intricate. If you enjoy miniature sewing at all, then this block will be right up your alley. Otherwise, you might just want to add it to a gallery of inspirations in a swap with hopes that someone else will make it for you. ;) I know that Emily made a version of Zonnah's original for the Pillow Talk Swap! I have even more appreciation for that pillow now! Hat's off to Emily!
I've created the pattern and made it available as a PDF (as so many of you requested for a quilt pattern for the quilt along). You can find it permanently in my sidebar. I don't include directions on how to make a wonky star nine patch, but I do include resources for directions on that. I in NO way created the wonky star. lol. So I'm not going to write the tutorial. ;)
So print away and start creating! Don't forget to add your creations to my flickr group. I'd love to see anything you are making. Please see the pattern for copyright issues, but the basics are to play nice. This pattern is for personal use only. Don't make me send the flying monkeys after you! ;)
Oh and enjoy this next picture, as it was the last one taken with the stump! I'll share more on that later. LOL.