Thursday, July 12, 2012

Summer Sampler Series: Evening Star

Thanks so much for all of the kind words about my WIP update yesterday! Here's a closer look at the Evening Star block that I pieced from a Summer Sampler Series tutorial. 

This is one of the many paper pieced blocks in the series. You can see how it is assembled kind of like a pizza. You piece each wedge, then sew all of the wedges together. This made it very easy to create a mini color wheel with the eight radiating triangles.

I decided I wanted to go for the same effect with my first attempt at the Kansas Dust Storm, the last Summer Sampler Series block. This block is intense. There's a reason the series builds up to it. You have to print twelve different paper templates. I organized and labeled all of the templates before I started sewing just to try to keep it all straight. 

I wanted to create the same mini color wheel with the circle of diamonds in this block. However, I didn't take into consideration the difference in piecing between this block and the Evening Star. Since two colors are on each outside corner template, the colors are reversed when you flip them over to the fabric side. This really threw off the color wheel, but there's no way I'm redoing it. It'll just be a colorful block when it's all said and done.

I highly recommend trying ambitious things from time to time. I always learn a new skill whenever I mess it up on the first go 'round, and it's great to learn new things about sewing ;-)

I'm linking up with Somewhat Simple and The Girl in the Wild West.
Somewhat Simple  The Girl in The Wild West


  1. This is beyond gorgeous! You are so so talented.

  2. Beautiful!! I agree with trying ambitious things - it's only fabric and we all have seam rippers right?!

  3. Yay for embracing the ambitious :o)

  4. Oh my, your block looks awesome! You might've just got me trying this one!