Wednesday, May 23, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Rose Star Block Design

I'm trying to set myself up for success with my Rose Star blocks by doing the design work ahead of time. I find the design part of it tedious. I just wanna SEW! Choosing fabrics, a layout, then cutting out 31 pieces of fabric takes me about an hour. I managed to design and cut three new blocks this past week, though. Now I'll be ready for any found sewing time.

The fun thing about these blocks is you can still change your mind about the design by swapping around a few of the pieces before you sew them together.

Rose Star Blocks
1. Block 1, 2. Block 2, 3. Block 3, 4. Block 4, 5. Block 5, 6. Block 6

Here's where I am with the assembled blocks. If you've never done any English paper piecing before (like me) check out Clare's tutorial at selfsewn. It's very interesting, and this is such rewarding hand sewing to have with you when you can't sew at your machine.

Summer Sampler Series Blocks

I originally saw these blocks on Fresh Lemons this summer, but I probably wouldn't have made them if it wasn't for the Austin Modern Quilt Guild's block swap. I've definitely learned some things making these blocks, so I've been making some to keep for myself as well. Hopefully I'll have some more done before our meeting tomorrow evening!

Storm at Sea Queen-Sized Quilt

Get ready to weigh in on this one. I'll write a separate post with more details to paint the whole ugly picture for you. I'm either going to have to sew what I have and let points float and get squished where they may or pick apart hundreds of seams and re-sew. I almost think I could start from scratch faster than that, but I won't be trying both and timing myself ;-) Finishing at least the top of this quilt is one of my goals for 2012, so I can't ignore it forever.

I can't wait to see everyone's WIP updates! I'm linking up with Freshly Pieced, Sew Much Ado, Whatever Goes WednesdayRae Gun Ramblings, and Ameroonie Designs.

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced  


  1. Great job on all the blocks. EPP totally appeals to the maths geek in me, all the tessellating possibilities...

  2. One day I will have to try paper piecing like your rose star blocks. They are gorgeous and the perfect little take a long project for all the summer outings coming up.

  3. These are gorgeous! I love the colors of the fabrics, and the pattern makes for an amazing quilt. I don't know that I would ever be brave enough to hand sew the quilt, but I do love a beautiful handmade quilt.

    Thanks for linking up to Point of View!