Isn't that an unusual and very precise block? I thought it was appropriate at this time of the year as it has a significant star in the centre and this is the month of the significant star!
Yes it is English Paper Pieced. Did you know that most blocks can be English Paper Pieced? Because they are shapes, card stock templates can be made from them and then the fabric can be wrapped around the shape to baste it in place.
So..... if you like something to keep your hands busy in the evening while watching TV or listening to music, English Paper Piecing is wonderful. Hexi piecing is all the rage right now and this is the same "EPP" technique. Check out the photos below to see how I put it together:
After the pieces are slip stitched together, the entire block will be pressed well and the basting will be removed once it is sewn into a project. This "project" will be revealed to followers of www.quiltingintheloft.com blog at a later date.
Wouldn't this be great with corners added for a pretty pot holder or made larger for a centre piece or candle mat ... or an entire quilt, the possibilities are endless and that is what is great about making blocks :)
Want to give it a try? Download the free PDF pattern in the shop/free PDF patterns section of this web site, use the menu above to navigate to it. Print the pattern out on card stock. Cut your fabric pieces out a scant 1/4" bigger than your card stock. Baste the fabric to the card stock and slip stitch the pieces together. If you need help with the piecing there are many tutorials about EPP on the Internet. I recommend you make use of these tutorials if you are unsure. I sewed the block above together in an evening while watching "The Voice" - that means you can do it too!
Enjoy and Happy Wednesday!
A great time to start getting ready for Christmas, the parties you will attend and the decorating you have yet to do! This tutorial shows you how to make a Star Pentagon Christmas Ornament that you can hang on the tree, attach to a gift or my personal favourite--- use it as a wine bottle charm! I hope you enjoy and are able to try making this easy little project!
You will need to download and print the pentagon shape at the end of the tutorial from my shop/free PDF patterns page, please use the menu above to find this and print out the shape.
Star Christmas Ornament (or Wine Bottle Charm)
You will need:
Small scraps of fabric – one light and one dark to contrast each other
Hand sewing needle
Stretch Beading thread (optional)
Ornament hanger (optional)
Pentagon Shape provided
6. Fold the pointed edges down towards the center on the front evenly all
around and pin. As you can see the star has emerged! See photo below:
7. Using a thin hand sewing needle (or beading needle) and a bead, sew a
bead at the inside point of the star you just created. See Photo below:
8. Remove side center pins as you go.
9. Sew all inside points as in 7 until they are all sewn down and secure.
See Photo below
10. Make a bead loop with stretch thread or attach a ornament hanger to
the top of your pentagon star, hang on the tree or attach to a bottle of
wine ready for hostess gift giving this holiday season. See photos
below and enjoy!!!
*Don't forget to download the PDF pentagon shape in my shop area*
Enjoy, Welcome to December and Happy Tuesday!
Free and Easy Stocking Stuffer!
I know it's only November, but I would love for all to get their Christmas organized early so that they can truly enjoy time with family. So today I'm going to share with you a little project I made for a craft sale recently.
See pic below:
This is made easily with 2 strips of fabric, a piece of batting and velcro, to get the www.quiltingintheloft.com free pattern please go here. I have made many of these in Christmas fabric perfect for a Christmas craft sale but you could make it in any fabric. This is a gift that would be great for all ages and slips nicely into a stocking or treat yourself. Why not , you deserve it too!
My first free pattern has been added to my website. It's free and downloadable. Click on Shop and the tab Free Patterns to view and download. Or click here. The new pattern is called Easy Crazy Patch Pin Cushion. There is no piecing required, so yes it is the easiest! A great gift to make fast!
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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