Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Hanukkah in July and FREE pattern

Everyone does Christmas in July (and I have some coming), but for my Jewish friends I wanted to share my Dreidel block which is part of my FREE Cookie Cutter Sampler BOM. You can read about the series by clicking on the top photo on the right sidebar.

Benartex sent me 11 pieces from their Pearl Essentials collection to make something for this post. Aren't they beautiful?

Pearl Essentials by Benartex
 I began to make a Star of David using my Double Hexie Star pattern. Yes, I still need to stitch the center seam and it's been on the design wall for 2 weeks like this! (I have two quilt shows I'm teaching at in two weeks time with 6 workshops and a trunk show, so that's my excuse and I'm sticking with it!)

Here is my almost-done Star of David:

Star of David in process
I'm not sure if I should add large setting triangles to "square" it up on the sides or if I should leave it as a hexagon. Still thinking about that one.

In the meantime, I grabbed my Dreidel pattern (from 15 years ago) and pieced 3 blocks. These finish to 10". Each background rectangle is cut 5-1/2" x 10-1/2". The appliqué patches are cut 3" x 10" and I put fusible interfacing on the wrong side so that it stabilizes the raw edges.

Appliqué patches to be cut from freezer paper
Fusible interfacing on wrong side of patches.
Fusible interfacing on wrong side
Then I auditioned them on the background rectangles. Pinned in place. Once I get the correct stitch, I will work on EACH half and then join them in the center seam.
Dreidel halves aligned on background rectangles
I also test drive my thread and zig zag stitch. I used a light blue thread and practiced on the scraps remaining from the cutaways.



Now I'm ready to stitch! Each half is stitched and THEN they are joined in the center.

Dreidel Block: 10-1/2" x 10-1/2" (finishes to 10")
And the center seam is pressed open:
Center seam is pressed open
You have to think about each successive block because of the position of the lights and darks.
Planning
Here are 3 together:

3 blocks together
Now, would you like your own copy of my Cookie Cutter Dreidel block? Of course you would! Please remember that it's ok to share the link. It's not ok to print and distribute. The free link will disappear in the middle of August.


4 comments:

  1. That Star of David is awesome. Well done!

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  2. Hi Debby! Wow, this is superb. Great tutorial and pattern, and I thank you for sharing it with us. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  3. Love both the Dreidel and the Star of David!! Thanks so much for sharing!!

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  4. I am impressed with the Star of David. Will there be a pattern for that?

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