Yay! The templates are on their way and some have even reported receiving them already!
Paper Pieces/Quilt Exchange which is the manufacturer of my templates did it again with being able to fulfill all orders and get them out the door a day prior to the stated December 14th date. A round of applause to them!
The format of announcing the block and taking pre-orders gives them the manufacturing cushion to make this happen so it is a format we will keep for the new year.
Yes more blocks will be released in 2019! I have 6 more designs on the horizon…and maybe a surprise or two.
But today let’s begin to tackle the Stars of Twilight block and it’s construction. As before I am not going to tackle tracing instruments (pens, gel and chalk) and the actual tracing guidelines. Those instructions were covered in depth here in the first how-to blog for Carolina Favorite. I will touch on them in the Facebook LIVE segments that will begin the first week of January but you can also look back at other Facebook Lives for that info. I suggest the first how-to’s for Carolina Favorite LIVE segments from August. You can find them under the videos tab on my MDQuilts Facebook page.
Ok let’s look at the templates. Just three shapes in this block. A square (c), a petal shape (B) and a trapezoid (c). It’s the trapezoid shape that looks different from trapezoids of the past, ie Castle Wall Quilt block. This trapezoid is only half it’s size needed with a thicker edge in the center. It is what I have named a HINGED Template. And the name says it all. When picking out blocks, and knowing this would be a larger size at 16″ vs the 12″ of the previous blocks I knew we would have to address the size of the trapezoid template. It needed to be smaller for several factors, fragility (the larger they are the easier to break in shipping), wanted the templates to fit in the plastic case, and cost, less acrylic used the end price reflects that savings.
Cut out all your pieces and lay them out in front you checking orientation of the four patch fabrics. Keep in mind that half your template B pieces will be the reverse of the template (Br) , meaning you will flip the template over and trace with the words that are engraved on template itself touching the backside of the fabric. And check back in my previous blog on coloring the Stars of Twilight block for some ideas.
I am going to end today’s blog with making of the EIGHT four patches in the block. I know some will say why hand piece a four patch? Well because it is needed in this block and there is nothing wrong with hand piecing a four patch. They sew up so quickly they are almost instant gratification. You hand piece them just as you would on a machine with the exception that you don’t sew thru seam allowances to the edge with hand piecing.
This fact plus using the ROUNDABOUT technique in the center will give you a nice crisp intersection. Again I will LIVE demo that technique after the holidays on Facebook but you can catch it on previous videos and the written instructions enclosed with your templates. They actually use a four patch as the general unit in the instructions so very easy to follow along and learn.
Ok that is all for now. Choose and cut your fabrics and get the four patches done. On Wednesday I will tackle steps 3-5 of the Stars of Twilight Quilt Block.
If you are interested in joining in the fun you can place an order for either the Hand Piecing Templates discussed in the blog or English Paper Piecing packs and EPP specific templates from my webstore here. Just head to the NEW category and you will find all thing Stars of Twilight there at this time.
See you Wednesday,