Tuesday, April 23, 2013

T is for Tuesday Quilt Block and Tutorial

Perfect: T falls on a Tuesday. I am going to present my way of doing the Dear Jane kite TRC Longwood. This is the one with the 5-pointed stars. To applique them or reverse applique them, and get lousy, lumpy points either way? Well here is another way.

Prepare your main block using the method you like best, and cut a piece of your background fabric the right size (include seam allowances.)

Then: visualize the center as odd-shaped pieces of focus fabric appliqued onto a background fabric base, leaving  a bit of the background fabric exposed.  Here are my A, B, C etc. pieces traced onto freezer paper, for my favorite method of freezer paper underneath applique.

The next picture will help you visualize this.
Two green pieces appliqued on, the third is waiting.  The star is beginning to form.  Next, piece this  unit into the center of your main block.
Ah, impossibly sharp star points.
Now on to the star in the corner, which I treated in almost the same way.
I added some lines and pieced one star point.  For the bottom, I appliqued oddly-shaped pieces of background fabric onto my focus fabric.  Trace these from the diagram in the Dear Jane book.  (You can still see my freezer paper in place). Sew these two pieces together and you have a pretty star!
Remove any freezer paper, trim away focus fabric, and finish the corner kite using the directions by Anina. See the end of her post.
I am linking up with Connie at Freemotion by the River and Quilt Story as I do most weeks I have blocks to share. Both blog hops have of pictures of pretty quilt blocks and other projects.

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Connie said...

Beautiful block and the way you pieced this is really neat! Thanks for sharing.
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Renee said...

What a great block with that cute five point star in the middle!

Poke The Rock said...

looks great, i might be too retarded for it tho

mycreativecorner3 said...

I love the block but I am not very good at any type of applique. I know why I don't do a DJ, I can't applique for anything! love your blocks.

Cyn said...

LOVE your how-2 idea. It is absolutely brilliant! Thank you for sharing it. There's more than one way to 'skin a block', eh?!

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