This will be our second paper-pieced block 🙂 I think it is a fairly simple piecing and as you are all experienced now you should have no worries, right?! Let’s dig in…Note that this block’s format is a little different from our previous blocks, not all units are the same size. Here’s your outline if you want to play with colors or just keep track of how you want to piece your colors:
CUT YOUR FABRICS:
I am giving you sizes to cut for the paper piecing that should be generous enough to give you some “fudge” room, if you are experienced at paper-piecing you might be able to get away with smaller pieces, I like to have slightly larger pieces so I have insurance so-to-speak. So gather your scraps or cut as I am indicating:
Background fabric (white)
- Cut four (4) 5.0″ squares for corners
- Cut four (4) 4.0″ x 5.0″ pieces for star point background
Star Points (multiple colors)
- Long Points: Cut one (1) each of four (4) colors 3.0″ x 6.0″
- Short Points: Cut one (1) each of four (4) colors 3.0″ x 4.5″
Center 9-Patch (multiple colors)
- Cut one (1) each of nine (9) squares 1.5″ x 2.0″ +/- (I cut mine 1.5″ x 3.0″ because it was easy to cut them from the same 3.0″ strip I used to cut the star point pieces.)
NOTE: I cut my pieces larger as I find it easier to cut down to size rather then trying to piece tiny pieces together, if you are confident in your abilities then cut as follows:
- Cut one (1) each of nine (9) squares 1.5″ x 1.5″
MAKE THE CENTER 9-PATCH
STEP 1: Sew the nine (9) 1.5″ strips together in units of 3, these units should measure 3.5″ wide. Next trim the center unit down to 1.5″ and sew it to the other two units.
Once they are sewn together trim down to 3.5″ as shown in the images below:
MAKE THE STAR POINTS
TIP: When paper piecing reduce your stitch length so that the paper is tightly perforated and will rip off easily.
Step 2: Print out the template for the star points. You will need to print 2 copies of the template or trace it.
Be sure to check that the printing scale measures 1″ and if necessary adjust percentage. Now you are ready to get started.
Step 3: Pin your background fabric to the template, pretty side up. Then pin the fabric in place for the star point that you want to be ‘under’ the other, making sure you have enough fabric to fold back and cover the entire area of section 2. The photos illustrate aligning the fabrics using your window as a lightbox and the next photo shows how it looks flipped over.
Step 4: Stitch the fabrics together through your paper, trim away the excess, fold back and press.
Step 5: Add the fabric for the other star point. Again, align it through the paper using your window lightbox, pin in place, stitch, trim away excess, fold back and press.
This is how the unit will look prior to trimming it.
Step 6: Now trim the unit down to 3.5″ x 5.0″ using the template as a guide but be sure to use your ruler as the paper may have shifted while stitching.
Pull away all the paper.
Step 7: Repeat steps #3 through #6 to create the other 3 Star Point units.
ASSEMBLE YOUR BLOCK
Arrange all of your units and background pieces in order to stitch them together in rows.
Congratulations! your 5th block done and second paper-pieced one, woohoo!
If you would like to check out another blog with a great paper-piecing tutorial, head over to Fresh Lemons, Summer Sample Series Star. Faith uses lots of photos to show the process.