The star shapes get joined by a the drunkards path block which involves curved piecing,and Nancy Adamek shows you how to create this traditional block with English Paper Piecing.
Nancy talks you through cutting out the fabric from strips (so jelly rolls would work well if you aren’t working with Fat 1/4’s or the kit) and using a slightly larger seam allowance than the traditional 1/4 inch as this is more helpful on curves.
She also talks you through the type of needle she prefers, why she selects 80 weight thread (it’s thinner) and in the Aurifil it is also cotton.
The drunkard’s Path block is made up of two curves, one outwards and one inwards, and the two are treated differently, but both need to have the fabric gently ‘stroked’ over the curved edge . Once the units have been made they are sewn in to the star NOT with the traditional whip stitch, but with a slip stitch, and again Nancy shows you how this is done and what to do when you get to both the corners and the outside edge.
Nancy also shows you how to remove the papers from the central octagon, which can then be used again, because she finds it makes the work easier to handle and sew – it doesn’t fight back so much.
Next we move on to adding the diamond shapes that will connect your stars.
Nancy has been a keen Quilter for the last 20 years, specialising in English Paper Piecing. These high quality, pre-cut paper pieces are accurately die-cut, here in the UK, which means that not only will your patchwork be that much more accurate, but you can start sewing straight away and use them over and over again.
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