Please see dearjane.com for more explanation of the 1863 quilt I am slowly reproducing in blue and white.
Doing these little (4.5 inches) blocks: sometimes complicated, sometimes more straightforward. It's like a meditative walk, as through a labyrinth. There is a certain process, and a certain order in which components are sewn together.
This is B-8, or Waterlily.
In this case, I adjusted the pattern for straight line piecing and assembled 4 sections, one for each star point. Then, sew the 4 sections together, matching seam lines. Press, and remove foundation piecing paper. Then, applique each melon on, one by one, placing each one carefully. Applique stitch by stitch. I use freezer paper on the bottom and baste my seam allowances down. (I struggle with needle turn applique.) Cut a slit in the backing material, remove basting stitches and the freezer paper. Press again, and admire. It's a meditation.
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