Today I finished the Crystal Star block. The source gives a number of different names, but I only found similar blocks by searching for the name “Peaceful Hours”. Below is an example from the Tennessee State Archives (go my home state!):
Gloomy days make for gloomy pictures (and we’ve had about 800 straight days of chilly wet gloom here in Michigan), but here’s the finished block:
The large center provided a good opportunity to fussy cut that cutie flower.
These instructions used the “connector corners” method for the flying geese and the center square in square. I have to say, I’m not a fan. It WAS fairly quick and simple and would have given a very clean looking back. Unfortunately, (reason 1 why I did not like) since I used a darker fabric for the center, it was showing through the white, so I ended up trimming the corners all around on the center. Reason 2 is that it just gave too much bulk in the seams. If I made this block again (which I probably will), I would probably follow a different method, like these instructions from Quilter’s World.
Fabrics are Wild Poppy in Milk (center) and Wind Flower in Stainless (points) from Amy Butler’s Gypsy Caravan line.