Lucy requested the feather block by AMH. The first time I'd read the instructions it seemed to be written in a foreign language. Mainly because the pattern assumes you're making a quilt worth of feathers, not a Stingy Brit trying to make it out of scraps. I couldn't get my head round working out how to get the feather strips to run in the right direction. Di helpfully sent me some pictures. The best tip she gave me was staggering the scraps and I went with this method for making one side of the feather.
I really struggle with my left and right so reversing something can really challenge me. Then I hit upon an idea. I flipped over the pattern piece and traced through the directional lines. I lined up strips and kept adding enough until I could fit the pattern piece on in its opposite orientation.
Then in no time at all it seemed I'd made a whole feather block. It wasn't half the drama I was expecting and it does mean that I feel less guilty in getting back to adding some more squares to my lovely vintage sheet quilt. I still have bee blocks to make, but they are at least February ones and it is still February!