Thursday, January 16, 2014

Dream Star - Paper Pieced Star



I hope that you enjoy making this easy paper-pieced star.



Some materials that you will need

Thin paper that can go through your printer (regular paper is fine, but if you can put something like tracing paper through your printer all the better, or special paper that is designed for paper piecing)
Paper Scissors
Rotary Cutter
Rotary Cutting Mat
Acrylic Ruler
Stiff piece of paper or thin cardboard (like a postcard)

Print out 4 copies of this paper piecing pattern CLICK HERE FOR DOWNLOAD . When you print out the pattern make sure you have your printer set to "Print actual size". Do not have scale to fit checked.  Double check once you have printed the pattern that it is the correct size.  The patterns should measure 6.5" square measured from the dashed lines around the perimeter of the pattern and 6" square from the solid black lines that are just inside the dashed lines. 

Trim away the excess paper - trim about 1/2" outside of the dashed lines.

In paper piecing you do end up with some fabric waste, but if you pre-cut the fabric you can minimize the waste. For each block cut the following:


Steel – 2 – 8” squares 
Expresso – 2- 8” squares

Delft – 2 rectangles 4” x 1.75”
Aqua – 2 rectangles 4” x 1.75”
Purple – 2 rectangles 2” x 7”
Blue – 2 rectangles 2” x 7”
Berry – 2 rectangles 3” x 1.75”
Pink- 2 rectangles 3” x 1.75”


Cut the Steel and Expresso squares in half along the diagonal.

Each block is made up of two A sections and two B sections

“A” section of block




Take a triangle of Steel and one of Expresso and place them right sides together. Place the Expresso fabric against the paper (wrong side of fabric facing paper) and extend the long endge of the triangle about ¼ inch past the line.  Pin in place



Shorten your stitch length to 2.0 on your machine.  Shortening the stitch length will make it easier to remove the paper at the end. Sew directly on the dark line starting a little before the line begins and stopping a few stitches after the line ends.



Press the pieces open


Turn the paper pattern over so that the lined side is facing you and fold the paper along the line between # 2 and # 3. 




Take your rotary cutting ruler and line up the ruler so that you have ¼” showing past the paper and trim your fabric.



Take the Delft rectangle (4” x 1.75”) and line it up with the edge of the fabric. Flip the fabric over to make certain that it will cover the area for piece # 3.  Pin in place, sew and press open






Fold the paper back between # 4 and where it meets # 1 and # 2. If needed pull the fabric that might be stitched away from the paper.  Take your rotary cutting ruler and trim leaving ¼” fabric seam allowance



Take the 2” x 7” rectangle of Purple and place it along this edge lining it up so that when opened it will cover the area for # 4. Pin in place with fabric right sides together and then stitch along the line.   Iron seams open.



Fold back the paper between #5 and # 4 and trim the fabric as before to ¼”.   Sometimes you might need to pull the paper away from the stitched line.  Carefully do this so that you don't rip out the stitches - the shorter stitch length should help keep them in place.





Take the 3” x 1.75” piece of Pink fabric lining it up so that when sewn and pressed open it will cover the # 5 area. 


Pin in place and stitch on the line.  Press the seam open.





Trim finished “A “section along the dotted lines – this block should measure 6 ½”.  Make a second “A “ section exactly the same way.




“B” Section of the block




Sew the B sections (2 sections) in exactly the same order as you did the “A” Section.  The fabric colors are printed on the paper template to aid in placement.

Sewing the block

Take the for sections of the star block and arrange them so that they are in the proper order


Flip the right hand pieces over so that they are on top of the left hand pieces. Pin in place putting pins at the corners





Sew the top A section to a B section – press the seams towards the Purple and Black.

Repeat the process with lower A and B sections, pressing the seams to the B section.

Tear away the paper that is in this newly created seam.



Align the to block sections together and sew across them together



Now the fun begins – carefully tear away the paper from the back of the block .


Here is the finished block!



So what can you can you do with this block?

  • Add some borders to this and turn it into a pillow, or small table topper, or wall hanging.
  • Make three of them and sew them together and add a border for a table runner.
  • Make four of them and some them together (with or without sashing) and some borders and make a small wall hanging
  • Make all the different star blocks in this blog hop and create your own star sampler quilt.
I love the colors in this line of fabric - what is your favorite color to use in a quilt -and/or what is your least favorite color.  Leave a comment below and I will pick out a winner on Saturday - you will receive a 1/2 yard of each of the fabrics featured in this block.

Also - make sure you stop by Kimberly Einmo's blog tomorrow - www.kinberlyeinmo.com/blog  for a fabric giveaway and for a big give away at the Timeless Treasures blog!

88 comments:

  1. My favorite color to use in a quilt is blue, blue, and more blue. My least favorite color is probably green. However, I do use greens for leaves and in Christmas projects. Thanks you for a wonder tutorial on paper piecing and a great block. I love your choice of fabrics. Thank you very much for participating and being a great inspiration, and, of course, a chance to grab some fabric.

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  2. You've made paper piecing look so simple! :) This is a wonderful tutorial! My favorite color at the moment aqua and my least favorite salmon.

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  3. Thanks for the tutorial (the link to the pattern download didn't work). My favorite color to use in a quilt is green - nature's neutral. Gray must be my least favorite since I have very little in that color, though I plan to make a gray quilt for my niece. Thanks.

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  4. Beautiful block! I love using dark reds in my quilts but don't seem to use much green.

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  5. I use lots of browns but very little pink. I HAVE tried a quilt that was browns and pinks. Then, I tried another. Oh, dear. I think I use LOTS of pink! I guess I use little grey. Yes, that's it. grey.

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  6. I think my least favorite color is orange, but I do like rusts and golds, just not a loud orange. I am getting into paper piecing so I'll probably give a try at your star. It's super and the tutorial is great. Thank you.

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  7. Sorry, the download to the pattern didn't get me there either. I'd love to make this block so look forward to the linky getting fixed. Thanks for sharing and I'm loving all the dots! My favorite colors currently are browns and creams.

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  8. I don't really have a favorite color, but golden yellows have been sneaking into my quilts a lot lately.

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  9. My favorite color to use in a quilt is blue, while my least favorite is brown.
    Fabulous star, and a great tutorial!

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  10. My favourite colour to use is red and my least favourite is brown!
    Great star - thanks!

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  11. Love your block! I've not done much paper piecing but would love to give it a try! I love working with bright colors and most blues/aquas/lavenders are my favorites - usually my leaset favorites are browns. Thanks so much for the chance to win. :)
    samtaylorcjsmimi (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  12. I couldn't get the link to the pattern to work so I printed the pattern picture and will scan it to enlarge. My favorite color is purple and least favorite probably would be drab/army green. Your star has a great color combo that really pops out at ya. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  13. Love the block - it has great movement! I really like teal/aqua right now but really most anything bright and saturated makes me happy. I struggle with orange though. That and browns aren't really my cup of tea.

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  14. I love the twirling burst of color in the midst of the dark neutrals. Beautiful!

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  15. My favorite color is purple although it doesn't go with everything so, my favorite that can be used in just about anything would be black or a dark gray.

    Could you please check the download for your block? It isn't linked correctly. Thank you.

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  16. Absolutely love your tutorial and fabrics. Thanks!

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  17. I would really love to give this star a try but I wasn't able to download the paper piecing pattern. I would like to be contacted at
    skeetersaw@comcast.net

    Hoping you can send me a copy of your pattern

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  18. I love paper piecing and your tutorial hit all the important spots for newbies! I love to work with a big bright color like yellow or gold and don't care very much for purple. I would love to win some fabric and I thank you for the chance.

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  19. While paper piecing is yet a skill I have to learn, I do appreciate the fantastic works people make with them. Thank you for sharing this tutorial, I'll have to be sure to reference it in the future!
    ~Brandy
    brandizzle7133 at gmail dot com

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    1. Oh, and my favorite color to use has been black! I love how it makes the other colors in a quilt shine. My least favorite is pretty much any pastels, but I'll do it if someone requests it. Thanks again!

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  20. I really enjoy using purple in a quilt. Thanks for the tutorial on this great block, and the giveaway.

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  21. love earth tones, not so sure about grays. being new to quilting, these blogs provide an "aha" moment when the techniques are so plainly explained. mary powell omegamary@juno.com

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  22. I like blue in my quilts; but am apt to use anything in the country colors like those available in Kansas Troubles fabrics. I have fun with the 30's prints also. Not sure that there is a color I don't like, just am more partial to some than others. I have done very little paper piecing; but your tutorial is very easy to understand.

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  23. Interesting block, love the paper piecing. Hmmm, well, I always thought that I didn't really have a go to color per se but after having gone through my scrap box I see that I have a lot of shades of green. Who knew? I don't think there are any colors that I don't like - love them all! Thanks!

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  24. Thanks for tutorial-love paper piecing! My favorite color is the grape and my least favorite is the orange.

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  25. Beautiful block! My favorite color to use in a quilt is blue.

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  26. Pretty star! My favorite color to use in a quilt is red and my least favorite is purple.

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  27. Love the block. I prefer greens in a quilt, but a bit of yellow always makes everything just pop! - Marilyn

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  28. Nice block. Paper piecing can really make interesting blocks. I love blue but when going through my scraps recently I found more green and brown than anything else. Who knew?!

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  29. John, I was able to upload the pattern and get my block made today!!! It made an awesome block!!! I instagrammed all 4 blocks tonight and just love how all 4 look together!
    I'm thinking of making a total of 6 and adding some sashing and borders and either use it as a charity top or baby quilt.

    My FAVORITE color is red. I get these yearnings just to sew anything at all as long as it's red :)

    I'm going to blog about the Star blocks now....

    PS: Would love to win the fabric!!!

    Peggy in New Jersey

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  30. My favorite color to quilt with is blue (various shades). My least favorite is brown, although when I made an autumn leaves table runner I used browns.

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  31. I'm not sure I have a most and least favorite color for quilts. It depends on the project. For baby quilts, I love to use 30s reproductions - all colors! I think I lean more toward liking combinations of colors than liking specific colors.

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  32. I love blues, but seem to make more quilts with golds and rusts.

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  33. My favorite color to use in a quilt is burgundy. My least favorite color is orange. Thanks for the tutorial.

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  34. My favorite color in a quilt is yellow, although I know you have to go easy with it. Least favorite? I like earth tones, but some browns can be muddy. Thanks for a great block. I enjoy paper piecing and can't wait to try the block!

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  35. Cool paper-pieced block. I really like using blues/greens in quilts. I don't like browns though!

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  36. My favourite colour is green, but for quilts I'd say blue/aqua

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  37. Paper Piecing and Green - my ideal combination - also I like the pinning in the corners on the paper suggestion - thanks!

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  38. I love using blue, green, burgundy, and gold. I think my least favorite color is bright orange. Love your block!

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  39. Very pretty block! I love most colors in my quilts, but especially love civil war fabrics. I'm not a fan of 30s tho, yet!

    LynnEl Springer

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  40. Love the block, I'm a big STAR fan! My favorite color to sew with is Pink and Green, my least favorite .... burgundy...

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  41. Wow, that pieced star is beautiful

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  42. I really love to sew with blues and pinks. My least favorite color would probably be oranges and reds. Your block is beautiful, thank you for sharing!

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  43. I am so ready to try paper piecing. Your tutorial is so helpful. My least favorite color is orange. I love neutrals, but recently did an Amish sew along and love the black contrast with bright colors. Happy New Year from Oklahoma, USA. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  44. Thanks for your sstar block, as for colors green is my favorite, but can't think of any color I dislike. K

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  45. This block is a perfect example of why I like paper piecing. The points really need to be sharp on this one and paper piecing lets that happen. It's a beautiful star with lots of movement.

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  46. Striking looking star. Your tutorial is excellent and demonstrates the technique that I am now using too.
    thanks!

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  47. I love greens.... most shades, all variations... not very crazy about using bright red. Great looking star--- one of my favorite shapes and sooooooooooo many varieties!

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  48. I'm a fan of the all shades similar to the 2014 Pantone color of the year Radiant Orchid. I have to say values of orange are my least favorite, I have a limited color supply and usually have to make a shopping day for that color.

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  49. I love all colors, but not too excited about orange with green.

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  50. Stars are so interesting...it's great to see so many varieties. Really like yours! Lately, I am liking the aqua color that I often see in quilts now. Don't care much for red, dark purple or orange.

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  51. The download didn't work for me either....a lovely, artsy, modern approach to a star!

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  52. I love all kinds of stars and yours is different than any I have seen. Right now I am in love with Aqua's.

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  53. Well, today my favorite color is red, and it has been my favorite for a year. You know how a quilter's favorite color constantly changes. Who knows what it will be tomorrow. I love all colors, but if I had to pick a least favorite, it would be purple. Funny thing about that, it used to be my favorite color. Go figure!

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  54. Great block. I need to try foundation piecing, so I'm printing this. My favorite color to use is blue or purple, lol

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  55. I honestly can say I don't have a least favorite color. I do prefer lively colors to drab or muted ones. I love your block!

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  56. My favorite color to use in a quilt is blue. I think brown is my least fav. Great block, looking forward to trying it!

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  57. Thanks so much for this pattern! I love the movement in it. My favorite color to use in a quilt is purple and my least favorite is brown.

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  58. I love red and will use to make this star. Thanks for the pattern.

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  59. Where do I find the pattern? When clicked on 'click here for pattern' I got a blogger website. I don't want to blog.
    Thanks

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  60. Blue and purple seem to make it into most of my quilts.

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  61. I like using bright colors that pop, like reds and yellows.

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  62. My favorite color to use in a quilt is red. My least favorite color to use in a quilt is orange.

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  63. I love using the bright colors, but one needs the dark ones to add visual interest! I can be reached at varanofobake60@gmail.com Thanks for the directions

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  64. You make paper piecing look so easy (yes, I'm a bit intimidating by this method of piecing!). My favorite color is orange, but it's funny that I don't quilt with it very often. Judging by my stash, green seems to be the winner. My least favorite color to use would probably be black. I'm always drawn to crisp white sashings so I seldom use black for anything.

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  65. I concur with the download issue. It takes you to blogger and then you are just lost. Thanks.

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  66. Green is my favorite color at the present time. I don't really have a color that I don't like to use.

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  67. My favorite colors are black, white & red. I guess my least favorite color is pale pink - I'm not a pale color person!

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  68. My favourite colour is red, I'm not keen on pink, but I'll use it in something for another person if they it. You didn't say if the giveaway is open internationallly or not - I'm in the UK.

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  69. I'm a bit late in finding these blocks, but when I got to yours, I am unable to find your PP template to download. When I click on the "Download" button on your blog, it takes me to a page that has nothing to do with you or paper-piecing. Can you help? I appreciate it! Vivian

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  70. What a fun block. I love the precision that you can get from a paper pieced block. I am in love with all the bright jewel tones like emerald, ruby, royal blue and purple. My least favorite color is brown. But sometimes colors that you don't really like are necessary to give your quilt life. LOL. Thanks for the opportunity to get some great fabrics.

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  71. I love to use purple, my least favorite is black. Although, I have discovered that I tend to use a lot of black, anyway. Thanks for the giveaway. Love all the stars. What a fun hop.

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  72. I too was unable to download the paper pieced pattern. Love the design and my favourite colours are the pastel with black. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  73. I love purples and pinks and with the black they pop in this block. Would love to try it, but it won't let me download the pattern. :(

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  74. I'm not able to download the pattern. Could you please email it to me at cpup40@aol.com. Thank you for your help in this matter.

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  75. Great block!!! My favorite color to use is any shade of blue. Thanks for the tutorial :)

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  76. My favorite color for a quilt would be RED!

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  77. I love using red and white the most!

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  78. John, , like many others your link does not take me to your download for the pattern. Can you help??

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  79. My favorite color to use is blue. Least favorite is yellow! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  80. I am new to quilting I am working on a blue yellow and green blue and yellow is really pretty

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  81. uhhh I love FPP stars, yours is lovely! I love blue

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  82. I love using blues and greens and have a hard time using browns.

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  83. I love using teals and reds! I think blacks and browns are the hardest to use for me :)

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  84. its strange, I love sewing with Blues. and I hate Yellows.......

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