The other day, I shared my new Diamond Hex Quilt obsession – a long-term EPP project that I expect I’ll be working for a good portion of my life. But actually, that is not the only loooooong-term / slow craft project I’ve started lately.

A few weeks ago, I went on a little mini-holiday with some friends and finally started the Star-A-Day pattern by Somerset Designs that I bought last summer. My friends and I chatted with these guys a bit at the Festival of Quilts and they were just the super-nicest ever. And they do some truly beautiful, really special work. I saw a lot of really beautiful things at the festival last year, but their Star-A-Day quilt, even though it is the simplest of their many wonderful designs, was the thing that most captured my imagination.

I love the simplicity of these teeny stars, and the extreme scrappiness of their tiny pieces and, just like my EPP, the notion of gradually adding to the project one wee star at a time. The pattern includes acrylic templates and the design is meant to be completely hand-pieced – one star every day for one entire year will make the right amount for a quilt!

The hand-piecing aspect was what appealed to me most – you know I love stitching by hand so much more than by machine – but I have to admit, I had a hard time with these stars and haven’t made any more since. The extreme tininess made hand-piecing very start-and-stoppy, and I couldn’t quite figure out how to deal with all the seams. I really want to sit down and try to improve my method for this project, because I do love those stars very much and I know I’ll just keep avoiding it if it’s an aggravating process! But aren’t they they cutest???

If anyone has any amazing hand-piecing tips to share, I’d be crazy grateful! :)

(You can find the Star-A-Day pattern with acrylic template set here.)

4 Comments on Star-A-Day

  1. Sarah
    February 8, 2016 at 10:45 (2 years ago)

    No tips but this will look brilliant once your done! Off to check out the website now :)

  2. jeanne e.
    February 8, 2016 at 15:20 (2 years ago)

    i am so intrigued by this project! i have only really hand-pieced things in the context of epp… if it is tough, can you use the acrylic templates to make little paper pieces to help with the piecing? i have trouble with little fiddly pieces…but i bet with time you would get more efficient and find ways of doing it that would be less frustrating. :)

  3. Rebecca Bell
    February 10, 2016 at 10:14 (2 years ago)

    They are so lovely! Someone recommended a while back that I should try hand-piecing – I think it was when I was on my EPP curves trip – they reckoned it would be much easier to tackle them that way but I can’t seem to get my head around it at all. I think Lucy @charmaboutyou posted some hand-piecing tips on her blog recently but I haven’t had chance to check it out yet.

  4. Lucy @ Charm About You
    February 11, 2016 at 17:19 (2 years ago)

    Your stars look beautiful! I hadn’t heard of Somerset but they have some incredible patterns! I can see why you were drawn to the stars, so pretty. Thanks to Rebecca for mentioning my hand piecing tutorial and hope it proves useful :)


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