Here’s my latest Lonestar Burst square. I’m feeling much better lately, almost healthy enough to take my vigor for granted again. I decided to keep making quilt blocks from scraps- even if it’s just one a week- because I really enjoy the repetition and stillness of creating a quilt block.
I only made one block this week, but I documented the process in painstaking detail for those who are interested in how paper piecing this square works. (nudge nudge) I wrote a Storm at Sea paper piecing tutorial some time ago, but I want to play with other ways to make pictutorials- can they be a little more Japanese, a little less wordy?
First you’ll want to print off four Lonestar Burst templates from Six White Horses and cut the A section from the B. I use scrap paper. You’ll be sewing on the lined side. Each section is numbered, starting with 1. The brown fabric here is for section 1, and the white for section 2. I don’t pre-cut my fabric into shapes, but I do like strips. Here, the white one is 3 1/4″ and the brown is 4″. Lay the first two fabrics right side together, one raw edge matching.
This part is not tricky, but it won’t make sense until you get your hand in. The wrong side of the brown fabric needs to lie against the “wrong” (unlined) side of the paper. That raw edge should lie on the line between section 2 and 4, and make sure the fabrics cover sections 1 and 2 with a bit extra around the edges. You can pin. Setting up the first two sections is a bit weird, but the rest is not too bad.
Stitch the line between sections 1 and 2. The template doesn’t show to stitch in the gray area seam allowance, but I find it’s neater. Use a tiny stitch (1.6 length or so) to make tearing the fabric simpler later. I don’t bother to backstitch.
Flip the template over and stitch the line between 1 and 3. Remove from the sewing machine, open out the new fabric, and press. Remember the repetitive bit I mentioned above? Do that again for section 3. Then use another color for section 4, following the same stitch/press/fold paper/trim steps. Then section 5. Sections 6 and 7 are the “background” fabric.
One you cover all the sections, the block will need a trim.
To remove the paper, I found it’s best to start at section 7. Crease the paper along the line between sections 4 and 7, and tear gently. Don’t pull the stitches, the paper should tear easily. Continue for all sections.
I haven’t decided how to lay out the squares for my final throw, but it’s fun to play. The colored backgrounds don’t please me as much as the white ones, but I should make one more to balance the backgrounds. I have a green fabric in the same print as the blue “toolbox” design, I’ll use that. Only three more blocks!
I found this awesome 8 pointed string star while prowling Pinterest last week. I need to make one of these, just one. I may smoosh this block into a Lonestar Burst block, anyway I’ll play with it and report back next week.
Have I seduced anyone with my paper-piecing photos? I’d love to see other blocks.
Tomorrow- Conversant in Color: You and Your Environment
Later this week- The Lila Wardrobe. If you have a little girl and you want a look at some of the designs I’m discussing with her, check out my Little Girl Pinterest board.
Oh- and the work with Cake is going well, maybe slightly ahead of schedule! It’s a really fun process, and once I get it all sorted out I’ll start showing you more of what I’m working on. This is the rough sketch of the lady for the envelope front… What do you think? She’s not too detailed yet, no coloring, but I love her face already. Who am I kidding, I love all the faces on Mikhaela’s work. If you haven’t yet, do sign up for Cake updates. I haven’t sent any out just yet, but the pre-sale is just around the corner…