Design Wall Monday – 28 April 2014

Well my design wall is still under construction,

So I needed to resort to the dining room table for this shot.  Working on some appliqué using some wonderful fabric by Marcia Derse for Windham Fabrics.   Two more blocks to appliqué and then I can sew the rest of the top together.

Head on over to Judy’s blog to see what everyone else is up to today!

And – just had to post a picture – spring is trying to appear here in Rochester, NY!

Dream Star – Paper Pieced Star

I hope that you enjoy making this easy paper-pieced star.


Some materials that you will need
Thin paper that can go through your printer (regular paper is fine, but if you can put something like tracing paper through your printer all the better, or special paper that is designed for paper piecing)
Paper Scissors
Rotary Cutter
Rotary Cutting Mat
Acrylic Ruler
Stiff piece of paper or thin cardboard (like a postcard)
Print out 4 copies of this paper piecing pattern CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOAD . When you print out the pattern make sure you have your printer set to “Print actual size”. Do not have scale to fit checked.  Double check once you have printed the pattern that it is the correct size.  The patterns should measure 6.5″ square measured from the dashed lines around the perimeter of the pattern and 6″ square from the solid black lines that are just inside the dashed lines.
Trim away the excess paper – trim about 1/2″ outside of the dashed lines.In paper piecing you do end up with some fabric waste, but if you pre-cut the fabric you can minimize the waste. For each block cut the following:


Steel – 2 – 8” squares
Expresso – 2- 8” squares

Delft – 2 rectangles 4” x 1.75”
Aqua – 2 rectangles 4” x 1.75”
Purple – 2 rectangles 2” x 7”
Blue – 2 rectangles 2” x 7”
Berry – 2 rectangles 3” x 1.75”
Pink- 2 rectangles 3” x 1.75”

Cut the Steel and Expresso squares in half along the diagonal.

Each block is made up of two A sections and two B sections
“A” section of block


Take a triangle of Steel and one of Expresso and place them right sides together. Place the Expresso fabric against the paper (wrong side of fabric facing paper) and extend the long endge of the triangle about ¼ inch past the line. Pin in place


Shorten your stitch length to 2.0 on your machine. Shortening the stitch length will make it easier to remove the paper at the end. Sew directly on the dark line starting a little before the line begins and stopping a few stitches after the line ends.


Press the pieces open


Turn the paper pattern over so that the lined side is facing you and fold the paper along the line between # 2 and # 3.


Take your rotary cutting ruler and line up the ruler so that you have ¼” showing past the paper and trim your fabric.


Take the Delft rectangle (4” x 1.75”) and line it up with the edge of the fabric. Flip the fabric over to make certain that it will cover the area for piece # 3. Pin in place, sew and press open


Fold the paper back between # 4 and where it meets # 1 and # 2. If needed pull the fabric that might be stitched away from the paper.  Take your rotary cutting ruler and trim leaving ¼” fabric seam allowance

Take the 2” x 7” rectangle of Purple and place it along this edge lining it up so that when opened it will cover the area for # 4. Pin in place with fabric right sides together and then stitch along the line.  Iron seams open.


Fold back the paper between #5 and # 4 and trim the fabric as before to ¼”.   Sometimes you might need to pull the paper away from the stitched line.  Carefully do this so that you don’t rip out the stitches – the shorter stitch length should help keep them in place.

Take the 3” x 1.75” piece of Pink fabric lining it up so that when sewn and pressed open it will cover the # 5 area.

Pin in place and stitch on the line.  Press the seam open.

Trim finished “A “section along the dotted lines – this block should measure 6 ½”. Make a second “A “ section exactly the same way.

“B” Section of the block


Sew the B sections (2 sections) in exactly the same order as you did the “A” Section.  The fabric colors are printed on the paper template to aid in placement.
Sewing the block
Take the for sections of the star block and arrange them so that they are in the proper order

Flip the right hand pieces over so that they are on top of the left hand pieces. Pin in place putting pins at the corners

Sew the top A section to a B section – press the seams towards the Purple and Black.
Repeat the process with lower A and B sections, pressing the seams to the B section.Tear away the paper that is in this newly created seam.


Align the to block sections together and sew across them together


Now the fun begins – carefully tear away the paper from the back of the block .


Here is the finished block!

So what can you can you do with this block?

  • Add some borders to this and turn it into a pillow, or small table topper, or wall hanging.
  • Make three of them and sew them together and add a border for a table runner.
  • Make four of them and some them together (with or without sashing) and some borders and make a small wall hanging
  • Make all the different star blocks in this blog hop and create your own star sampler quilt.
I love the colors in this line of fabric – what is your favorite color to use in a quilt -and/or what is your least favorite color.  Leave a comment below and I will pick out a winner on Saturday – you will receive a 1/2 yard of each of the fabrics featured in this block.
Also – make sure you stop by Kimberly Einmo’s blog tomorrow –  for a fabric giveaway and for a big give away at the Timeless Treasures blog!

Design Wall Monday – 17 September 2012

Hello everyone – I am back online and posting!   Here is what I am working on now – these are some samples for a Kaleidoscope Class I will be teaching in a few months.

I am using Marti Michell’s Kaleido Ruler to construct the blocks – this handy tool makes cutting the wedges and corner triangles a breeze!
I must confess – I am getting addicted to this block.  This could be a good stash buster block – but to bust my stash I would need to be making these blocks for many many years!
My goal for today is to finish sewing the top set of blocks together for the body of the quilt and then trying to figure out what to do for borders for each of them.  I think the Red/Gold one is going to get a piano key border – not sure about the top one – any ideas?????
Head on over to Judy’s blog to see what everyone else is up to!

Design Wall Monday -26 December 2011

Well, there has been a little progress on my Red/Orange/Yellow winding ways – Christmas does have a way of putting a kink in my sewing schedule.

I am going to add one more row of blocks at the bottom.  I am not sure what colors to put into the missing sections – also considering putting a different color into the center “circle” – what are your thoughts?

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Design Wall Monday – 19 December 2011

I’m still working on my Winding Ways blocks/samples.  Here is a close up of the center block from the sample I am making with Kaffe/Westminster fabrics. (yes I did fussy cut the stripes)

As I mentioned last week – I am using the Marti Michell templates to cut out the pieces. This pattern is addictive and the templates make the block go together with such ease.

Here is the top as it is now. The top two rows are sewn together, I have to finish sewing the middle and right block for the bottom row and then join them all together. I was going to leave it as a 9 block sample, but I like how this is looking so I am going to make a bigger top – possibly 5 blocks by 5, or ?????

So, since this one is growing I needed to work on a smaller sample. So I dove into my stash of orange, red, yellow and now am adding some green to it and trying out a different design.

And, yes I do have more than enough fabric, but does one ever have MORE THAN ENOUGH? I came across the new Paula Nadelstern Patternista fabric and couldn’t resist. I think these would be great in a winding ways pattern.

Head over to Judy’s blog to see what everyone else is doing