May is Angela's month for our Sew Beautiful Bee, and she asked each member to make a block that is "us." She sent us this excellent blue fabric to work with and asked us to add a bit from our own stashes. So, after some deep introspection and meditation about who I am, I decided, "Katie likes stars!" I've been on a bit of a star kick lately (I asked the members of my other bee to make star blocks for me), so I found a pattern for a Wandering Star block in this old copy of Encyclopedia of Classic Quilt Patterns, which I picked up from my work library when it closed a few years ago (and probably haven't cracked open since).
This is a fine book, but it makes me realize how spoiled I am by all of the photo-heavy, step-by-step, super detailed online tutorials. This book was all: "Here's some templates. Cut out the fabric and sew them together." Did I mention that the block has set-in seams? Honestly, I didn't know what set-in seams were before I put together this block, but I figured out what I was doing (this explanation helped) and got some practice!
I hope you like it, Angela! (Eek, I'm nervous!) Now, I have to admit the block is not perfect. I lost one of my star points when I squared up my block (ouch), and the set-in seams could be better. But I'm hoping what the block lacks in perfection it makes up for in likability. (Hey, maybe this block IS me!)
Perhaps I should've just made a block with the word "DORK" on it...