Paper piecing has been a nice challenge for me lately. You need patience, time and a good seam ripper, but the end results are well worth the journey. Here are a few more paper-pieced stars to share with you.
I especially like how this block came out. The clever fabric with state names in their approximate map-shapes is a perfect low-volume background. During these current times of rising virus cases and separate state Covid-19 mask-wearing laws, it almost feels like a political statement!
I found the above block pattern at Piecebynumber.com. The 12’5″ unfinished pattern is called Poinsettia Star and is free. Yeah! The instructions were simple and easy to follow. The block makes a bold design that would be a fabulous centerpiece for any quilt.
My second block pattern (seen above) is another free one from Wombatquilts.com. The pattern is labelled Christmas Cactus Compass from Quilting on the Square. The pattern has a lot going on with endless possibilities for different color combinations.
My ongoing star block campaign has been a wonderful distraction. Paper-pieced blocks are so fun to make and I can’t stop looking for new patterns to try. The completed blocks will be going to Covered In Love, a charity that provides comfort quilts to critically ill patients in the hospital. Each month Kat of katandcatquilts.com asks for quilt blocks that get turned into wonderful quilts. The block requests vary throughout the year but July and August are the same each year. She requests 12.5″ unfinished red, white and blue star block designs. Any design with a star is fine so we quilters get to use our creativity to the max. Imagine the variety of blocks that she is sent! Check out Kat’s blog post from 2019 to see some of her wonderful patriotic finishes.
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