Star Surround Quilt Along: An Outbreak of Spontaneous Illiteracy

As I was putting together HSTs two weeks ago for the Star Surround Quilt Along, I noticed that I was getting enough HSTs to make the center of the star, the “spokes” for the star (4 each of 2 fabrics paired with the background fabric), and then two extra HSTs of each fabric with the background.  That tipped me off that something was weird.  How the heck was I going to make a 4 sided block look symmetric only two of one type of unit?

If someone had said, “Hey dummy, when you pair the other 3″ squares for those same A/B fabrics to make a NEW set of HSTs for a second block using the same fabrics, you end up with two more of those HSTs for a total of four. Duh.”

JudgingCatBut no one said that to me, except Morelli who only said it with his eyes, which is NOT terribly helpful. Needless to say when I was putting the star centers together this week, I only had 10 blocks.





(as we say in the South)

So I posted a comment on Melissa’s blog explaining what I was running into, and someone said the equivalent of “I followed the cutting directions and got the right number (dummy).” so I went back to the HST step and actually read the whole thing and realized I had only made half as many HSTs as needed. This also explained why I had so many leftover 3″ squares, too, which weren’t going to play all that nice with the remaining 2 1/2″ squares.


After I finished my first 10 star centers, I went back and made the rest of the HSTs and then made the rest of the star centers and then I lived happily ever after. The end.

Star Surround centers!

3 Replies to “Star Surround Quilt Along: An Outbreak of Spontaneous Illiteracy”

  1. I love how these are turning out. Sorry Morelli hasn’t learned English yet. What the heck is taking him so long?

    Also, thanks for introducing me to “Sugar Honey Ice Tea.” That’s a new one for me. I’m still processing “Shut the front door!”

  2. Oh, I am sorry for all of the drama. No fun!! I am glad that it all worked out in the end. Your stars just look amazing!!! So many perfect points, just makes me smile from ear to ear. Great job!!!

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