What a beautiful block!
Looks good! I love paper piecing (learned just last year due to encouragement here) but I have stayed away from patterns that require all the points to meet in the middle as I just struggle so with it (well even when not paper piecing I struggle with it) and it frustrates me to no end. I need to just work on it (as well as my FMQ). I will say that Carol Doak's Simply Sensational 9-Patch Stars is my go to for paper piecing as I love the options it gives me and I have made both my quilts, and other projects, from this book. I highly encourage you to look at it. (She also gave me a method of joining binding ends that I love and was first method I can consistently do!) Good luck and keep going.
Thank you for the kind comments!
True, thank you for the heads up on the Carol Doak's 9-Patch Stars. I'll have to try it. In the meantime, I am determined to slowly work my way through the Lucky Stars project. Threadbias is such a good support network. Posting my progress here monthly will keep me on track. Otherwise avoidance will get the better of me and paper piecing.
Beautiful block! Thanks for the reminder that I need to do my January block for this group :)
I love the choices you made in colors for this block. You've done a wonderful job with your very first paper-piecing. Isn't it exciting to get such perfect points and without tearing any hair out?
I agree with True. Carol Doak has to be my go-to for paper-piecing blocks. I have her 50 Stars book and I've done so many of her blocks. My latest Quilter's Hoodie uses some of her blocks for the ribbon look going up the back. You will love her!
How fun! I'm doing these blocks too and just came across a trick the other day for matching the centers and I'm going to try it when I get to my blocks- you sew from the middle out. Explained here: http://lilysquilts.blogspot.com/2012/07/how-to-match-your-points.html
Rebecca Thanks a bundle! I'll try that with my next block. As I read the tutorial it mentioned ironing the seams open. Hmmmm, I pressed to the dark and I think all those seams were too much and it all shifted when I sewed over them. The fun in all this is the journey!
Oma-rita I pressed to the side on that block too when I made the 6" It just seemed like the seams were "happier" that way. I usually have better luck with matching when my seams are pressed opposite rather than open. I"ve found it's best to have the top seam the one that is facing into the machine and the bottom facing you. I don't pin (in my experience it keeps things from matching as well), just nest the seams together and have my finger make sure they stay matched together as I am feeding the block into the machine. Then when I get just into the seam allowance, I stop with the needle down and make sure that the top seam allowance is going neatly under the machine. Then most of the time the presser foot sort of pushing towards you with the bulk of the seam and the feed dogs pushing the underneath layer away from you and that combination presses things together so it all matches up. That's what seems to work best for me anyway. But the sewing from the middle method seems like another option that may work well if the seams are pressed open.
Thanks Rebecca . That is the way I do my star blocks too. I've had some where there is so much thickness when you've paper-pieced that is is almost impossible to get the join to lay flat without a bump. Trimming the points in the seam allowance may help some.
Lovely blocks and good on you for sticking at it!
Your blocks are great....I want to try this too!!
Great blocks! Congrats!