some more favourite blocks

I have a few blocks to show you from the ‘My Favourite Block’ quiltalong that I am participating in. The link is on my sidebar -> if you want to look at all the others in this series.
I’m a little behind but getting there- some in my favourite scrappy colours and some in a blue/brown/cream colour palette.
The block for Week 11 was the Quartered Star- this was a really quick block. I made it in scrappy colours in the 12″ size.
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Block Number 12 is a Pointy star, using paper foundation piecing. This required a little more work, but I love foundation piecing- all the sharp points and lots of pieces! I made this one in the 6″ size and made 4 of them so they can be joined together.
This one required more forward thinking on what fabrics to use and to plan their placement- when the four blocks are joined you create a design that is then repeated once you join lots of blocks together. These are the fabrics I chose for this block:
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How do you like foundation piecing? I use the method where, after sewing a piece of fabric to another along the line, you use a card to place along the next seam line and fold the paper back over the card. The card helps to form a little ridge and you then use a 1/4″ ruler which butts up against it to easily trim the fabric. The next fabric can then be lined up with that edge to sew the next seam.
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This block also required you to construct it in parts then join those together. It’s handy to keep the paper on until it is completely finished- you can use the printed lines to make sure you line the corners and therefore match the points:
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This is the first of the 6″blocks- it was at this stage that I had second thoughts about my fabric choices because it doesn’t look much by itself:
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Once four of them were made and I put them up on the wall, the pattern starts to emerge. Here is the final block all pieced together: the fabric choices do look good after all and I can see what a quilt top would look like made of these blocks:
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See the two variations of arranging the blocks: the picture on the left shows what the secondary pattern would be in between the blocks if I had whole rows of them joined together. Very effective.
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