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Plus Star Block
My main goal was to use more orange fabric, in the shop i've spoken about how I have a hard time using orange fabric. In this block i've used fabric by Sarah Miller, Tula Pink and Liberty of London.
General Supply Info:
- I use wool pressing mat, cordless iron and fabric starch
- Schmetz universal chrome needles or quilting piecing needles 75/11
- Aurifil 40 wt Mako Cotton thread, is what I sew with, I typically always use white thread.
- Clover Clips
- Sewing Pins
- Design Wall or extra piece of batting
Measurements for the pieces needed to construct this block will not be provided in this tutorial. It is a prerequisite of making this block that you have a copy of the pattern, Long Time Gone. Measurements, where applicable, can be found in this book I will note any mistakes in the booklet however that I ran into when cutting my fabric choices.
Cut all the Pieces
Cut all pieces as per cutting instructions on page 11. Following cutting your pieces, a design wall is helpful should you be using any directional printed fabrics. A design wall, clean table or floor will do wonders when piecing this block. I choose to not make my block as scrappy for the Plus Star and I modified the star square to have a feature print instead of smaller squares within the Star.
I cut from feature fabric of plus signs:
2 squares of my medium orange
1 rectangle of my medium orange
2 squares of my light orange
1 rectangle of my light orange
2 squares of my navy fabric
1 rectangle of my navy fabric
From my background/small print white fabric:
11 Full sized Rectangles
2 Smaller Rectangles (these are considered half plus signs in the book)
For my star I followed all regular cutting instructions except I cut my star inside to be a larger square that was cut at 5 1/4 by 5 1/4.
I found no measurement errors when sewing this block and used Jen's, diagrams within the book for piecing each unit.
My blocks are not 100% perfect and for me that is okay, remember within what limits you are okay with within your quilt project. I made each block unique and only re-used my back ground or aka contrast fabric.