I’m super excited to introduce the first block of my Learn to Paper Piece Quilt Along! Block One is a Split Star. Blocks with sharp points are perfect candidates for paper-foundation piecing and this block is no exception. The block contains four identical units that can be rotated to create a new look.
For the “Split Star” quilt in Learn to Paper Piece I joined four units to create eight-pointed star blocks. Then I assembled the blocks in four rows of four blocks each.
When designing “Starburst” in EQ7 for the Learn to Paper Piece Quilt Along, I decided to rotate the units so I would have one “star” in the center of the quilt. That way, the long star-points in the units around the center star created the illusion of curved lines. Yowsers!
Before cutting out the pieces to make the blocks, be sure to check out my tip “Handling Odd Shapes” on page 38 of Learn to Paper Piece . This tip will make it easier to position the first piece.
Here’s a fabric placement tip: When the units were joined, I wanted the square created by piece 8 to be four different red prints. And, in piece 10, I wanted the each red print to be across from itself. So, before deciding which red print to use for piece 10, I laid out the units on my ironing table. I started by placing four units with the same red print in piece 8 as the corners of the first border.
The yardage requirements for the “Starburst” quilt on listed on my website. Look for Block Two on or before August 15.
Happy Quilting! ~Nancy