I have had this crazy idea of BURSTing the Castle Wall block for over a year now. Think “biggie” size. I wanted to keep most of the original Castle Wall Block ,just drop off the half square triangles, and expanded to a much larger block.
I played and played with the design while traveling and then would put the files back in my folder in my computer and think maybe in a few months.
And on a trip to Texas in April I opened up the folder again, tweaked my design thought it is time.
So off went my idea to Paper Pieces and they provided me with a sample set of templates lickety-split, they were excited as was I.
But my schedule was a bit crazy and so I didn’t get to fabric pulling and sample block making until late May. And then I sewed. Here is the first sample block of what is being called Castle Wall Burst. It finishes at 18″ square. That’s a lot of block with a lot of bang! At that size just 16 blocks with sashing and border and you have a queen size quilt.
I am loving this idea!
The Castle Wall Burst Expansion Pack has three templates. You will use the C template from the original 9″ Castle Wall set with the new templates F, G, & H to create this border ring around a Castle Wall center (minus template C in the center).
The Castle Wall Expansion Templates
are available in my web store under the New! and Acrylic Templates Section
at an introductory price of $15 until July 15th.
Now to the tips and tricks of sewing this expansion ring of the block.
I took pictures as I pieced the sample above and was ready to use them for the “how-to” blogs. But then I spotted my stash of patriotic fabrics while straightening up my studio and like every other quilter I know I figured…well let’s start a new project! I am going to make 16 Castle Wall Burst blocks in a scrappy patriotic fashion. I don’t have the full quilt setting figured out yet. I will design this hopefully this autumn sometime when my travel schedule is full force again. A lot of computer designing happens when in a hotel room on the road.
Over the next week or so I will post detailed how-to blogs for this expansion. But for now I will refer you to the original Castle Wall blogs (you can find links to all blogs on this page) to refresh yourself in piecing this center and the Roundabout Technique for making sharp points! Eventually links to these Castle Wall Burst blogs will also be found there.
I have my center done sans the half square corners and all my pieces cut and ready for the Burst Expansion.
Watch for a blog in 2-3 days breaking down the next round of sewing into units, a review of pinning, and sewing guide illustrations.
Over half the original order of Castle Wall Burst Expansion Templates have been spoken for and shipped out this morning, hoping to have a few of you sewing along with me on this fun block by this weekend or next week.
Enjoy your day,