|Fossil Fern Collection by Benartex: just like a box of candy spilled on my counter top - yum, yum!|
44,000 visitors can't be wrong!
I just checked my stats on this post from two years ago. Can you believe it? 25,000! I've added a tutorial for making the block at the bottom of this page so you can see how to piece the block. Enjoy!
An Antique Quilt Updated: The Royal Star Quilt
|The Royal Star quilt from my book, Bold, Black and Beautiful Quilts, 2004|
|This quilt was featured in 2 separate magazines, once on the cover|
OK. So why would I tempt you with this quilt if the book is out of print? Well, you could buy my CD of all 16 quilts (go to my web site for that), or you could go just a little further in this post and get the quilt pattern for FREE!
Royal Star Quilt Free Pattern
Please let me know how you like this antique quilt updated. I will pass on the comments to this little quilt that goes on the road with me from time to time, but otherwise lives on a shelf in my closet. She would be so happy to hear from you!
STEPS FOR MAKING A ROYAL STAR BLOCK:
1. Prepare your foundations. You will need four of the star corners. Pre-cut the fabric shapes for each of construction (all sizes for these are in the FREE PATTERN)
|Cut out parts according to pattern|
|Notice that the fabric extends away from all lines around Patch #1. Pin in place|
|(Dark) postcard used; fold along line. Add a Quarter gives perfect 1/4" seam allowance|
|Both sides of Patch #1 trimmed, leaving 1/4" seam allowance from side lines.|
|Fabric for Patch #2 pinned, aligned along newly cut edge of Patch #1.|
6. Repeat for Patch #3. Pin and sew on the side with the lines. Turn pattern over and this is what you see . . .
|Patch #3 added. Notice I have sewn from edge of fabric to other edge of fabric.|
|Patches pressed, awaiting trimming|
|Patches 2 and 3 trimmed|
|Star point unit - what a mess, huh?|
If you look closely, you can see how I sewed off the paper with every seam. This ensures that I sewed in the seam allowances, just as you do with traditional piecing. Those seams criss-cross in the seam allowances.
|Can you see the excess fabric that extends away from the outside of the paper?|
|Wow! It sure looks good when it gets cleaned up.|
|Make 4 of these for each block|
|Royal Star block parts|
|Isn't she pretty?|
|Royal Star block with black background|
|Triple sashing and 9 patch blocks|
|Block size: 8-1/2". With 1" sashings and squares: 14-1/2" x 14-1/2"|