Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Star Thistle ~ Cloud 9 New Block Hop

Welcome to the last day of the 2016 Cloud 9 New Block Blog Hop!  If you have been following along, you no doubt have seen some amazing blocks!  If not, you can check out all the beauties on my Pinterest Board!  



A huge thank you to Cloud 9 fabrics for sponsoring this Blog Hop and to Yvonne @Quilting Jet Girl, Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs and Stephanie @Late Night Quilter.  It's always a pleasure to participate in this event and pushing myself to create a new block!

This year I tried something new!  Star Thistle is my first paper pieced design!  You can get the free download with templates at my newly opened Craftsy store!

Let's get started!
STAR THISTLE
12 1/2" UNFINISHED
Template #
Color
Size 
Quantity
Subcut
A 1 Pink
3” x 2”
4

A 2 - A 3 Dark Blue
3” x 3” 
4
Cut Diagonal
A 4 - A 5 Light Blue
2 1/2” x 3 1/4”
8

B 1 Dark Blue
6 1/2” x 3”
4

B 2 - B 3 Grey
5 1/2” x 9”
4
Cut Diagonal
C 1 Pink
3" x 3 1/2”
4

C 2 - C 3 Grey
2 1/4” x 4 1/2”
8


Print four (4) copies of the template.  (Download template)  Using paper scissors, cut around each section about 1/4” from the outside line.

SECTION A - MAKE 4
Using the cutting chart from above, prepare your fabric for piecing.  

***If you are using a print fabric, the first piece will be face up on the back of the template, all other pieces will be stitched together right sides together.


Starting with Template A, center A1 fabric on the backside of the A1 section.  Using a dab of glue on the first piece is helpful.


Align fabric A2 on fabric A1,  1/4” over the seam line.  Holding the template up to a light source helps.  Note:  a little more than 1/4” is advised.  The seam will be trimmed.


Shorten your stitch length, stitch along the line between A1 and A2, back stitching at the point.   ***I back stitch at points and inside seams when I paper piece.  All other lines are from one side the the other.


Fold the paper back, and trim your seam to 1/4”.  Unfold the paper, flip the fabric open and press.


Repeat steps 4, 5, 6 for the A3 section.


Align fabric A4 on A3 fabric, 1/4” over seam line and stitch from one side the the other.  Trim and press.  Repeat with section A5.




SECTION B - MAKE 4

Center B1 fabric to the backside of the B1 section.  Glue in place.


Align fabric B2 on fabric B1, 1/4” over seam.  This section is a little tricky!  Flip your B2 fabric making sure it covers the template.  Pin in place to avoid shifting.


Stitch along the line between B1 and B2, back stitching at the point.  Fold the paper back, and trim your seam to 1/4”.  Unfold the paper, flip the fabric open and press.


Repeat for section B3


SECTION C - MAKE 4

Center C1 fabric to the backside of the C1 section.  Glue in place.


Align fabric C2 on fabric C1, 1/4” over seam.  Stitch along the line between C1 and C2, back stitching at the point.  Fold the paper back, and trim your seam to 1/4”.  Unfold the paper, flip the fabric open and press.


Repeat for section C3.


TRIM FINISHED TEMPLATE SECTIONS

For one (1) block you will need four (4) of each template.


Trim your templates 1/4” from the dark line around all the templates.  


Your pieces will look like this.  Neat and tidy and ready to assemble!


Join A and B sections, stitch together.  The hope is everything fits together perfectly.  If you are unsure, stitch along the seam using a longer stitch length.  Check alignment and re-stitch using a shorter stitch length.  


After stitching, press seams open.  ***I like to remove the paper in the seam after stitching and before pressing.

Join section C to B, stitch together.  Press seams open.  You will have four (4) blocks like 
this.



Arrange the blocks according to the diagram below.  Stitch blocks together and press seams open.  

 
 

And there you have it!  Your Star Thistle Block is complete!  Carefully remove the paper, this is where tweezers come in handy!

There are Helpful Hints for paper piecing attached to the pattern on Craftsy, along with a color sheet!

I made a table runner using this block and it turned out great...sharing that in a couple days!

There are options in terms of color and layout with this block:

                  



















 


Here is the list for today's New Block Blog Hop:
Wednesday, September 14th

Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter

Allison @Woodberry Way
Francine @Mochawildchild
Jessica @Quilty Habit


And again, all the blocks can be seen on my Pinterest Board!


LINKING:

46 comments :

  1. I really like this block and paper piecing is right up my alley. The layouts you provided remind me of looking through a kaleidoscope. Thank you for a beautiful pattern.

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  2. I'm glad that your daughter convinced you to learn to quilt. I love the block you designed. Great job! I just started following you on Bloglovin' and can hardly wait to see more of your creations.

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  3. A beautiful block, Jayne! And thanks for collecting the blocks on Pinterest - really handy))

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  4. This is so lovely! If I ever get into paper piecing I want to try it. Thanks for collecting the pins!

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  5. Wonderful tutorial, Jayne. Fun to see all the blocks together.

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  6. What a great design, Jayne! Great instructions and thank you for organizing all the blocks in one spot!

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  7. Jayne, I LOVE this design and the tutorial is great, especially for someone who might be new to paper piecing. Congrats on a great block!

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  8. Jayne - I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! And I have to laugh - we both went for paper piecing. It's my first paper piecing design as well. We are so on the same wavelength! But back to your star - it's just too too fabulous. Awesome, as always.

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  9. What a cute block with cute colors! Congrats on getting your Craftsy shop open!

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  10. love a paper pieced block! I'm putting this on my must-make list!

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  11. great block, I do not do much paper piecing I should give it another try

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  12. Amazing! I love paper piecing! Thank you, Susan

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  13. Great block, Jayne! I love stars :) There are so many possibilities with this one, with different colours and value arrangements. I'm looking forward to seeing the runner you made.

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  14. Lovely tutorial with information about paper piecing, Jayne, and your Craftsy store looks fantastic, too! Thank you so much for participating in the hop and collating all the designs in Pinterest again. :)

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  15. Very much WOW Jayne! I love your block. The off-set repeat is gobsmacking! I can see, that this block will be well loved. =)

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  16. Jayne, this is gorgeous! I love that you showed some different layout options. All of the layouts look great but I can just as easily see this block as part of a sampler. Great job!

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  17. I absolutely love your block and the fact that it is paper pieced. Great job!

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  18. Your block is amazing Jayne! I love how it looks both as a stand alone block and in a quilt. Outstanding!!

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  19. This is an amazing block - love all the color variations and possibilities!

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  20. Great block, and great paper piecing instructions. Thanks for doing the Pinterest board!

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  21. Very lovely Jayne. You are always trying something new and mastering it all. So how do you design a paper pieced block? I hope you make an orange version of this pattern . It's my fave and I would like to be able to drool over the pictures. : )

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  22. I am definitely going to try this one. Im new to paper piecing and i love the way this block looks. Awesome job!

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  23. I am learning to love paper piecing, Wonderful block. crystalbluern at tds dot net

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  24. This is such a pretty block. The 1/4 piece of the block reminds me of an airplane. The layout options are gorgeous!

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  25. Great tutorial, Jayne! I have not yet tried anything paper pieced but this would be a good one to start on. So fun to see all the different potential layouts. Thanks also for those links to all the blocks. That is really neat to be able to see them all together.

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  26. I`m a lover of paper piecing block.This is spectacular,all the layouts are an eye catching.Great job!

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  27. Wow, your block is amazing. Paper piecing is on my list of must try.

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  28. Your block is wonderful, and I loved seeing all the different colour ways. Paper piecing opens up a myriad of possibilities, and I love the name, Star Thistle.
    Smiles
    Kate

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  29. what a striking block - I might have to try some paper piecing!!

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  30. Gorgeous block, Jayne, and a wonderful tutorial that I plan to use down the road. Thanks so much for sharing it will us, Mary.

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  31. Love this block. And thank you for going through the trouble of making the beautiful pdf doc too!

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  32. Stunning, stunning, stunning! I just adore your work and this one is no exception! Definitely going to try it out!

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  34. Jayne, this is gorgeous!You totally rocked the paper piecing on this one. I'll be giving this block a try for sure. So lovely!!

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  35. It amazes me that with all the bloggers designing blocks, they are all very different. These Cloud 9 colors are gorgeous together and the individual blocks are awesome. Can't wait to see the finished quilt!

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  36. Congratulations Jayne!!! Lots of Love and Best Wishes to you.
    Hugs,
    Preeti.

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  37. A wonderful new block and very you :) Great instructions too, thank you!

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  38. Oooh love this block! And that table runner is perfect for this block!

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    1. Rewriting it, this time without spelling errors! lol! Beautiful block, Jayne! That version in the black, white and red is gorgeous!!! I love how crisp it is and it really shows off the block design beautifully!

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  40. Congrats on your first paper pieced block design and opening a craftsy store! The tutorial and instructions are well done. Thanks for sharing different colors and layout options.

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  41. Whilst I have seen this on IG I have only just managed to reach the final few blog posts. Jayne it is soooo lovely. Thanks for a stunning block, great .pdf and wonderful tutorial.

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  42. The sign of a great block in my mind is how versatile it is in a quilt, and yours is wonderful! So awesome to see it in a quilt.

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  43. Love star thistle block. I can't seem to find the templates for the block on Craftsy.

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