I am so excited to get this second in the series of how-to blogs posted. The response to the template set has been wonderful, I am down to just a handful in stock but more are on their way. I will leave the orders open on this product and will ship as soon as the next batch is received sometime this upcoming week. I will get all fillable orders out as soon as that is. You can place your order here.
For those who have inquired regarding EPP sets of the Castle Wall Burst Expansion they are on their way. I will not be able to add them into the store until August 1st due to my heavy travel schedule the last two weeks of the month. But EPP fans keep an eye out for a special EPP sale I have scheduled to start on July 16th on all other blocks in stock. And yes there will be a special introductory price on the EPP Castle Wall Burst Expansion pack when released in August.
Now let’s get sewing the Castle Wall Burst!
I have my Castle Wall center done minus the half square triangles (template C) for an overall octagon shape. Again I will refer you to review the Castle Wall blogs that are linked on the Castle Wall page for piecing this block and general hand sewing tips when working with any of my templates.
sidebar: I am scheduling to post at least two if not more updated general hand sewing tips and tricks blogs in early August. Please watch for these posts. They will also be linked on the Castle Wall page soon after posting. These will cover all the basics for those who are new to hand piecing.
Now back to our block. Yes I am that excited my head is running in so many directions with so many ideas…this time at home is just what my muse needed. Ok back to sewing.
The Castle Wall center of this block is sewn in a bulls eye manner, by adding pieces in a circle around the center. The Burst expansion is sewn by breaking it down into two units, UNIT 1 & UNIT 2.
This unit consists of three pieces, C-F-C. Piece C template can be found in your Castle Wall block template sets. It is the discarded half square triangle shape.
*design note- I have chosen to use two fabrics in my rendition of the Castle Wall Burst block for piece C. You can do so also or use the same fabric for all pieces.
There is just one continuous sewing line to make these units and one roundabout intersection. Roundabout intersection tips can be found in the previously mentioned Castle Wall posts and a general blog about roundabouts will be posted in early August for those new to my blog. This illustration is your guide to sewing UNIT 1
This unit starts off with sewing four more UNIT 1. This is where I made a design choice and used a second fabric in my C pieces. I liked the bit of depth that this brings to the block.
The next step is to add G-H-G to each of these UNITS. This is also done with one continuous sewing line and 5 Roundabout intersections.
Finally, pressing. While the Castle Wall center is best left unpressed until all rounds are completed, meaning the center is fully sewn, UNITS 1 & 2 should be pressed after each line of stitching is completed. This will help in obtaining the sharpest of points. Also as in the original block the diamond shapes should be pressed flat or open for the best results. And a bit of Best Press used at this stage really helps set the seams.
Next blog…putting it all together in a few days.
See, I told you this Burst Expansion is really quite simple. And the resulting block is quite spectacular if I say so myself. I have so many ideas for this block in projects. Now I just need to look into obtaining 48 hour days. 🙂
Enjoy the day,