Hey yall! One of the bees that I participate in is hosted by my friend, Erin at Sew At Home Mummy - it's called Simply Solids, and I am in the Viridian Hive. It's a really neat bee, and I'm loving how refreshing it is each month to make a block entirely composed of solid colored fabric.
My turn to be Queen Bee is in July, so I wanted to go ahead and share my block plans and a mini tutorial for my hive mates. Even if you're not in my bee, you may enjoy this mini tutorial. By the way, I'm calling it a mini tutorial because it's not really a complete tutorial but rather, my directions and thoughts on how to make the block. If you're looking for more directions on paper piecing here are a few of my favorite resources:
Yall ready - here we go!
The block I selected is called the Marine's Star, and I found it on Quilters Cache. You can find the block and template here. This block makes a 12 inch square block. It is a paper pieced block, and if you have never paper pieced before - don't worry! It's super simple. If you are in my bee, I went ahead and sent yall the templates for your blocks. There are four sets of templates - one for each corner of the block. This mini tutorial is for one corner/quadrant of the block.
Obviously, I am not using red, white and blue fabric for mine. Instead, this block is made up of five colors: Kona Coal, Kona Charcoal, Kona Kumquat, Kona Apricot, and Kona Iced Frappe. On the templates, there are little dots to show which sections are supposed to be red, white, and blue. For the most part, we will disregard those BUT you should also note that for each pair of templates, there are a few spots where they may be different.
I like to write on each section of my paper piecing templates which color/ print fabric I'm going to use. This helps me later on. (if you're in my bee, I already did this for you).
Take your light orange fabric and pin it to the wrong side of your time for section 1. Be sure to leave 1/4 inch around all edges. I do this for both sets for this quadrant.
Take your darker gray fabric and place over the section 2 area. Be sure that it will cover the entire area. I like to do this to make sure my piece is large enough. Then, turn the gray fabric so that it is away from the line between sections 1 and 2. You should have 1/4 inch overlapped into section 2. Sew along the line between sections 1 and 2 (with the gray fabric over the orange fabric from section 1 on the wrong side of the template). Be sure to sew 1/4 inch past the line in either direction. I like to backstitch at the beginning and end of my lines for paper piecing.
This is my sewing line between sections 1 and 2. Fold it over so that it covers the area of section 2. Press. Trim excess fabric underneath.
Repeat the same action for section 3. This time, you'll be using the Iced Frappe fabric. Again, be sure to leave 1/4inch of fabric overlapping into section 3. Then, flip the fabric over the sew line, press, and trim excess fabric.
For this section, you'll be using the dark orange color for one template, and the dark gray color for the other template. Repeat the same steps for sewing the section.
You'll be using the dark gray fabric and dark orange fabric for sectiosn five and six.Be sure to trim out the excess fabric so that the block doesn't get too bulky.
For section 7, you'll use the Iced Frappe fabric again.
Layout of the template labeled with the fabrics - note that you should keep the outline of the template attached. This allows for your 1/4inch seam allowance.
Take your two template pieces and match up the seams. You'll sew together with a 1/4 inch seam allowance. On one piece, you'll have a dark orange point and on the other, a dark gray point.
Here is one quadrant of your block. Repeat the above steps to make the remaining three blocks. Then, putting the orange/gray tips in the center, alternating gray and orange, sew all four together.
Tada!! All done! :) This is what my finished block looked like! Be sure to pat yourself on your shoulder and show off your block!! Great job!
I'm so excited about these blocks - this will be a throw quilt in our living room! :)