Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Galaxy of Stars: Royal Star is the September Block

Wow! Already September. I love Fall and the cooler weather. Our 9th block in this series is called Royal Star. Perhaps you've seen this block appear another time or two here on my blog. Yes, it's the STAR of my quilt with the same title. The block is from the early 1900s and is considered very traditional.

The Royal Star quilt is available for free:

FREE pattern for Royal Star quilt (uses 8-1/2" blocks)
I converted the piecing of the points to paper piecing. You can find a picture tutorial HERE for how to piece those points. For this 12" size, you will also need to paper piece the center Nine Patch.

12" Royal Star Block for September
There are almost 1,000 people downloading these blocks each month. I only hear from a handful of you. I am convinced you are busy sewing and keeping up, right? I do like to see blocks you've created so send me your renditions of these, won't you?

The 2 page pdf this month was also used in 2006 for Quilt Magazine (where I was an editor for 14 years). I just didn't have the time to recaption it. This is a paper piecing project, so please do check out all my links on the right side bar for paper piecing help.

I hope to give you information on the sashing and cutting in October.

14 comments:

  1. thank you for the latest block I do have my red fabric as the main background fabric but have not started as I like to work on a project all together so busy saving the blocks.Not sure if it will be scraps or more organised. Paper piecing has been a big struggle but did manage a very basic block the other day so hopefully this will be okay too

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  2. Debby i am collecting the blocks until the end I just finished a quilt with a Black background..Do you have other color options for a background?

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  3. Debby, I think this will be the jump start I need. have been in a slump after finishing several UFOs. sewing but not starting anything new. Since I have both Aug and Sep blocks to do, this should get me back in the groove. the way you share your talent amazes me. Emailed pic of Jan-Jul. Thx again mtrichkaatwindstream.net

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  4. Love the block and your fabric choices. Thank you for the tutorials.

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  5. Thank you for sharing this wonderful quilt with us. I love this quilt and it will be the next one I start after I finish 50% of my UFO's. I didn't know until I listed all of them that I had 49 projects started coming into 2015. A new self imposed rule....I have to finish 25 before I can start a new project and I have done 11 in 2015 with 5 more ready to quilt. I'm about halfway there and the urge to cut into new fabric is killing me. Maybe by 2016, or at least that is my goal.

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  6. Such a beautiful quilt. You are so very generous to share it with us. Life has gotten in the way this summer. Looking forward to fall and winter when I can do more sewing!

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  7. I am up to date with my Galaxy of Stars. I enjoy it.

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  8. Hi, Debby,
    Thanks for the latest block! I still plan to collect all blocks before selecting fabric and starting the project. Meanwhile I am enjoying your posts and doing other projects, old and new, as time allows between family needs. I hope your year continues to be a good one. (janeherbst at roadrunner dot com)

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  9. Thank you! I have fallen so far behind, it is now going to be 2016's BOM! Life is too crazy. I do love stars, and all the ones you chose for this quilt go together so nicely. I love it in the brights and black, too.

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  10. Thank you for sharing your creativity with all of us! I've been keeping up with each monthly block, but will wait to complete the quilt! I've only been quilting for about a year (inspired by new grandbabies!) and am excited to learn new techniques. It's gonna be beautiful, maybe not perfect, but lovingly made following your lead. Thanks again Debbie!

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  11. Hi Debbie
    I have my material but don't have the time to make it at this time. However I read each post and am a bit confused because we are doing a 12" block and in the tut they are talking about 81/2" block for the paper piecing. Maybe I am reading it wrong and just need to reread. I love this BOM. Thanks.

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  12. Debby- I printed out the Galaxy of Stars Quilt block & since there was a size problem before with 1 block I always measure and do the math-this one doesn't add up to a 12 " block. I did set my printer correctly when you explained and the little 1" box is helpful, but this one does not have it. Am I just looking at it wrong because of the angle of the pieced corner? On paper-the paper pieced part looks to be 5 5/8" per corner side and the diagonal 8" so that adds up to 11 1/4" and the 9patch would be 8" if one paper pieces it using page 2 pattern. Help I'm confused!!!!

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  13. Hi, everyone. I have gotten some distress calls on this block but the emails come in with no way to reply! There is no way I can help if you don't include your email addresses.

    I have printed this pattern several times and measured, measured, measured. The block, when printed for BOTH pages is ACCURATE. Nothing is oversized. Nothing is undersized. When in doubt, print your pages and fold the pages and match them up with each other. I just did that (Sunday morning, 7:00 am). They are accurate. Check your own printer settings. Do not select "scale" or "print to fit." This pattern has a generous amount of border (blank space) around the outside edges. If you're still having trouble, you can email me. But if you don't get an answer it's because I don't see your email return address!! I will take a picture of my folded pages later this morning and post them.

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  14. Debbie thankyou for your galexy of stars i was going great guns till i broke my hand and ripped the tendons off one finger Ive been out of sewing action since Hope all heals quick as i love this quilt thankyou for your hard work

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