Carolyn shows you how to create this lovely block, which is easier to work by hand as there are so many inset seams.
A delightful, traditional block created around an octagonal centre, which can be pieced or cut as a single unit.
As there are so many inset seams, Carolyn shows you how this is so much easier to sew by hand; she creates the small units of squares and diamonds, and if any of the corner units are pieced then they are sewn too, so that she is then ready to add them to the centre.
Carolyn guides you through the sewing sequence; again showing you how, when you sew by hand you can have the seams remaining free for pressing flat at a later stage and reminds you of how to pin your work.
Here is her block finished:
If you have enjoyed this, we have several other workshops by Carolyn, also worked by hand, which you can enjoy – click here for part 1 of Church Dash
and maybe now that you have this skill under your belt, you would enjoy the Mystery designed by Sylvia Critcher which we ran a year ago – and you can enjoy by clicking here.
Carolyn is an accomplished quilt maker, teacher and author of several books and patterns. Carolyn has been sewing quilts for over 20 years and just loves using up scraps. She is constantly inspired by vintage quilt blocks she finds on her travels and she brings them up-to-date with modern construction techniques – stitch n’ flip and Quilting on the Go are two of her favourites.
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