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.

Click here for eight more tips from Barbara.


#5 Greyfortune 2017-01-12 21:19
Very useful tips!
I am making this quilt for my sister and since it has been a while since I have done any paper piecing the tips are greatly appreciated.
#4 bbquiltmaker 2017-01-12 21:07
DianeM, yes, I will continue to share the tips I give our small group each month. Glad you find them helpful.
#3 luvquilting 2017-01-12 16:05
I'm saving your tips right along with the pattern I'm downloading each month! So grateful to have the chance to work on this quilt!
#2 DianeM 2017-01-11 11:53
Are you going to continue to supply tips for us each month? The ones you supplied for the center square are very useful!!
#1 cacrosson 2017-01-11 09:42
Useful, useful, useful as was episode 2001. It will be Year of thinking about this wonderful quilt designer.

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