Feathered Star Best in Show!

Well, that was an unexpected hiatus! Things have been crazy busy this past year. Quilting, traveling, wedding planning (!)… oh my poor neglected blog. Better late than never though, right?

OK, so let’s go back in time to 2014. I attended a Judy Niemeyer retreat led by Jackie Kunkel. For those of you unfamiliar with Judy Niemeyer, she’s the lead designer behind Quiltworx, a pattern company that specializes in beautifully intricate foundation paper-pieced patterns. The technique allows you to achieve angles and points with relative ease.

The project of the weekend was the Feathered Star. I chose the 60″x60″ wall hanging size because, let’s face it, I was already in over my head. (The Queen is 96″x96″ and has a curved border.)

Jackie is an amazing instructor. Paper piecing really is one of those mad science techniques that makes no sense verbally, but when you see it, it’s like a thousand lightbulbs firing in your brain. I can still remember the collective gasp that came out of our mouths when Jackie revealed that first sharp point to us.

The design comes together in wedges, not blocks, so Jackie walked us through one entire wedge. That way, we could familiarize ourselves with each unit before going home to complete the quilt. Once I got home, it was a few years of on-and-off chain piecing, getting all the units done for each wedge, and putting those wedges together. You cut and sort everything into bags (by chapter) at the beginning, so keeping track of things is pretty straightforward once you get the hang of it.

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Look at that Y-seam! They didn’t all come out this good. Yes I am still afraid of them.


Slowly but surely, it all came together, and I tore all the papers out. I sent it off to Rebecca Silbaugh, who did a great job longarm quilting it. I normally quilt everything myself, but was too afraid to touch this one!


I got the quilt back and bound it just in time to enter into the Queens County Fair last September. It won best in show!


We now have this quilt hanging over our sofa at home, and I have a 2nd chicken trophy.