Tilted Square block & Variable Star block – both with some interesting piecing techniques from Paula
Two more small blocks from Paula, for which you do need to make templates.
The Tilted Square block uses a half rectangle templates and a partial seaming technique. You will always use the template for the half-rectangle in the same direction – NOT mirror imaged. And then Paula shows us how the partial seam technique works.
For the Variable Star block, you need three templates. You will make the star using a Parallelogram shape, not a diamond. This block also requires inset piecing – or the Y seam technique. This is certainly much easier by hand than by machine.
Paula talks you through the piecing sequence for this and reminds us again about how important it is to pay attention to the grain of your fabric. The block will not be distorted both in pressing and when it’s added into your quilt and quilted if the pieces that sit on the outside of each block have a straight grain (and not a bias).
Paula Doyle is an author, award winning quilter and tutor. One of the things she likes best is designing complex looking quilts which are made using simplified techniques to make them achievable and enjoyable to every quilter.
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