It's probably too soon to tell ... yet. So far, I've only made two blocks.
With the second block, I broke the process into manageable pieces, to make it easier for me to break up the construction of a single block into smaller chunks of time. It somehow makes the block seem more do-able for me. Here's my breakdown:
- Select and cut fabrics. I prefer choosing fabrics for one block at a time, so I select and cut fabrics for one block.
- Make the triangle square feathers. There are 56 half-square-triangle units in each block. Making them is the most time consuming step for me, and rates a session of it's own. There are a lot of ways to make these 1 inch (finished size) units. I created a downloadable tip sheet that you can find on the Tips, Tutorials and Projects page if you're interested. For these blocks, I use a printed grid that I created that will make the 56 HST units I need from two 9 by 15 inch rectangles of fabric. The photo above was taken after step 2 was complete.
- Sew the strips of feathers with added background triangles and diamonds.
- Sew the 9 sections. I am using Marsha McCloskey's pattern and technique, where the feathers are first added to the eight background pieces (4 squares and 4 triangles) and then the star sections are added and then joined. It feels a little inside-out, but it works best for me.
- Assemble the star block, like a 9-patch.
Here are my first two efforts. They are Feathers # 002 and 005 for my Daily Feather.