Several members of Barbara Black's quilt guild asked for help with The Halo Medallion Quilt, so she decided to host a small group (aka The Sunday Sew and Sews) at her house once a month to provide assistance. And of course, when quilters get together there is always fun and learning as Barbara shared some of her tips for putting together the Halo Star block.
Here are just a few of her tips:
1) This is not a fast project. It deserves your best work so take it slow and enjoy the process.
2) Fabric selection: Instead of 11 yards of one background, consider using several that have the same feel, like all cream, or all white, etc. The advantage to using lots of fabrics is you cannot run out. Just add something new that is similar in color to one you've used up. Permission to shop...
3) Printing the patterns: Test the ink from your printer, generic inks may bleed more than first quality ink. Be sure the pattern prints accurately. The "feathers" in this center block are supposed to be slightly larger than 1". There is a 1" test square on page 23 of the first months' pattern--be sure that square really printed exactly 1". I use regular copy paper, the cheaper the better, but have used specialty papers in the past, they work well too.