Hello, fabric lovers! Is your turkey thawing in the bathtub? :)
It's the second last day of our Dreamscape Block Blog Hop today. For this blog hop, we selected a six-color palette from our luscious Dreamscape prints to play with: Navy, Cloud, Lime, Grape, Daffodil and Lead. You'll love the variety of blocks our designers have created! And make sure you enter each day's giveaway for a chance to win fat quarters of these six Dreamscape prints! Enjoy!
Today, Debby from Debby Kratovil Quilts is here to tell you what the Dreamscape fabrics said to her. ("Make us into a block, Debby!")
I LOVE bright colors. I can always find something to sew when I have crayon box colors to work with. Having the mottled gray for the background (instead of a flat solid) is a perfect "go with."
|Fat quarters of Dreamscape|
The fabrics told me to scroll through my files and look for something that would make them look good. After all, this is going to be a 12" block and they were each jockeying for the star position. I told them to hold on and I began looking. I came upon a block I call Striped Star that I designed 10 years ago (and never sewed). It's for paper piecing and is not for beginners, but is certainly doable for those who are familiar with the technique.
I began with cutting oversized patches for the block: 8 squares 4-1/2" x 4-1/2" of the gray/cloud color and 8 strips 1-1/2" x 6" of EACH of the four bright colors (grape, daffodil, navy and lime).
|Patches cut for Striped Star Block|
|Pattern with names of patches written down|
The patches MUST be placed so that they angle as shown. Sewn one at a time, pressed and then trimmed.
|Building the strips at an angle|
Then trimming before adding one of the two gray triangles:
|Fold paper back; use a ruler to leave 1/4" seam|
Notice that the edges of the fabrics extend beyond the paper pattern. These will be trimmed later. The gray triangles are also cut oversized. This last triangle is placed first so that you don't mistakenly sew it on the wrong side! Then it gets flipped over and stitched from the paper side.
|Adding the last gray triangle|
|Trim fabrics even with the outside line on the paper|
And from the front?
|1/4 of the block before removing the paper|
|CAREFULLY remove the paper without disturbing the seams|
|Pin at the seams as shown|
I prefer to press the seam open in order to reduce the bulk.
|Press diagonal seam open to reduce the bulk|
Let's see four units together:
|Four block units before stitching into the Striped Star Block|
Thanks, Debby! Head over to Debby's blog for a chance to win a Dreamscape bundle. Contest runs until November 25 and winners will be announced on Tuesday, November 29.
Follow along each day of the hop!
made by ChrissieD: Chris from
Little Bunny Quilts: Alison from
Stephanie from : Stitched Together Studios
Kristen from :KD-Quilts
: Benartex blog design team
Debby Kratovil Quilts: Debby from
Ivory Spring: Wendy from