As soon as the International Quilt Festival announced its star block challenge last fall (inspired by astronaut and quilter Karen Nyberg, who was living on the space station), I knew I had to participate. The deadline isn’t until August, so I sat on it for many months occasionally thinking of different cool designs I could attempt. I had originally planned to design my own, but eventually decided to just chill out a bit and just have fun.
I used the pattern from the June 2013 Lucky Stars Block of the Month club, although I had to recreate it since the pattern included 6″ and 12″ blocks — but I needed a 9″ block for this challenge. Thankfully I’m pretty handy with Illustrator, so resizing to 9″ wasn’t a problem.
I pieced it together using scraps leftover from my Out to Sea quilt. I tried to pay close attention to maintaining a 1/4-inch seam and lining up the points and for the most part, I was successful. There’s a bit of wonkiness in the middle, but overall this is some of the better paper piecing I’ve done so I’m satisfied.
I really like how it turned out! I’m supposed to sign it with my name and location before mailing it in, but I’m not really sure how to do that — the fabrics are all dark so a sharpie won’t really show up. I’ve read that gel pens work also, so I’m hoping a white gel pen will work.