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Block 31 - Another Star

Here's the next block.  The quilt has been filled with 9 and 10 inch blocks so far.  This is the first and only 11 inch block.  It will not have sashing and therefore has to be accurate.  That's why I did the other Le Moyne stars first.

I've searched and haven't found this block documented.  I probably haven't looked at the right sources.  I found a Blazing Star which is a Le Moyne with the star points made up of 4 patch diamonds.
And the Liberty Star is a Le Moyne Star with the star points made up of 3 strips like a Rail Fence.

The center of this block is a Le Moyne but the star is extended.  I pieced it just like I did the other stars, but I had to piece the diamonds first.  The proportions are different but otherwise it is the same.

My first one went to plan.  The second one did not.  With this block it's hard to tell until the very end and I got the results I was expecting when I did the first one.  The center sticks up like a mountain and the size is way off.  I may be able to cut the center out and applique a circle over it and use it for something else.

Obviously I did not respect the bias.  I think it started going wrong when I pieced the diamonds for the points together and they got a little stretched out of shape.  When I noticed that some of the seams were a little off, I should have stopped and measured and looked for the problem.  But, I kept going and things were a little more off at the next step.

For the third star I had to pick different fabrics since I'm beginning to run low on fabrics.  I was extra careful and went slowly.  I also strip pieced the star points before cutting into diamonds which eliminated one error point.  I was so careful I even got the pencil stripes going in the same direction.

I'm glad to have these 2 blocks done.  I'm taking a quick break and doing some simple piecing before I tackle the next blocks.  I'm not sure which ones to do first.  I keep changing my mind.


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