It’s The Quilt Block From Hell – The Whirling Star Block

The Whirling Star Quilt Block pretty isn’t it?

It’s the perfect Quilt Block for my Christmas In July Island Batik Challenge Project.

It fits my design just right and no other block would do. But the Whirling Star block has set in seams and a few other peculiarities.

IT IS the Block From HELL!

Whirling Star  Block "The Quilt Block From Hell :) " with Set In Seams

OMG – who said set in seams were “easy”?

Maybe someone who does them night and day.

You know, practice makes perfect and all that jazz.

That’s why I try to practice my piano scales and octaves and arpeggio’s ALL the time. Even if it’s boring!!!

Because Practice makes perfect.

Back to the block from hell aka the Whirling Star Block

Whirling Star  Block "The Quilt Block from Hell :)" with Set In Seams
On my third attempt at making the Quilt Block From Hell, it still isn’t perfect.

The first two attempts were done in a rotary cutting method – the peculiarity of this block is in the trapezoid units

They look like they would be the same size, don’t they?

Trapazoid Units from WhirlyGig Block
These two were cut using the rotary cutting.

They are not.

There is just about 1/16″ – 1/8″ difference in the sizes.

Rotary cutting just wasn’t “cutting it”!

You know I talked about ShortCut Methods last week, sometimes they just aren’t what you need.

This is one of those times.



Yes we’ll need to pull out the templates on this one.

So — I have this Shortcut method for my templates. 🙂

I need to get this done by the end of this week, so yes a shortcut, hurry up, method is what I used.

The right way to do this:

  • Make an accurate template
  • Carefully trace around it
  • Cut the units out

The way I did this:

Cutting Units using Freezer Paper Templates
My Shortcut Template Method

  • Print the template out on Freezer Paper
  • Layer Four pieces of fabric right side up together
  • Press Freezer Paper to the top layer
  • Use My rulers and rotary cutter to carefully cut around the pieces

It works, but you really need to use pressure on the ruler and make sure the underlying fabrics don’t slip.

This isn’t a perfect technique. But it worked in a pinch – well kind of!

So the Block from Hell is complete, although not perfectly executed.
You’ll see it in the finished project later this week.
I’ll also talk about set in seams and some machine applique techniques.

Thanks for stopping by! See you next time!
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