Welcome back to the Learn to Paper Piece Quilt Along! I love Block Two! The actual name of the block is Lobster Claw, but when I designed the quilt for Learn to Paper Piece, I renamed the block Lobster Stew. And why, you might ask, would I do that? Because this quilt is super scrappy and is made of lots of little bits … like a stew!
As much as I love the scrappy goodness in “Lobster Stew”, I decided to tone down the scrappiness (is that a word?) when I made “Starburst” for the Quilt Along. For these blocks, I used 4 different red prints in each block. But, I mixed up the red prints so the same 4 reds are not used in every block.
Here’s a tip to make centering piece 1 (on the unmarked side of the foundation) easy peasy. Make a copy of the foundation pattern from Learn to Paper Piece and trim the extra paper about 1/4″ from the outer line.
Then flip the foundation over so the unmarked side is facing up. Using a pencil and looking through the paper, place a dot on each corner of piece 1. The dots indicate the finished size of piece 1. Then draw lines 1/4″ from the dots to indicate the seam allowances for piece 1.
Using a water-soluble glue stick, place a dab of glue in the center of the marked square. Then center your fabric square, right side up, over the marked lines. As long as you can’t see any of the marked lines, you’ll have at least a 1/4″ seam allowance all around piece 1.
Here’s another fabric placement tip. When adding black pieces 14-17, center the long side of the triangle on top of the white piece, making sure you have a generous 1/4″ at the top as shown below. After stitching and pressing each piece, trim the block to measure 5-1/2″ square.
If you missed the yardage requirements or Block One, visit my website for details. Look for Block Three on or before September 15. I look forward to seeing your blocks on Facebook, be sure to add the tag #learntopaperpiecequiltalong.