Wednesday, January 21, 2009


Gee, I'm starting to miss foundation piecing! This one is pieced the regular old way and has set in seams too!

Here we go!

I used the freezer paper piecing method for this. It's something I figured out when doing freezer paper foundation piecing and it works wonderfully to prevent fabric distortion when trying to get teenie little block segments into position.

Trace or print the block diagram onto the dull side of freezer paper and cut out the segments on the seam lines. The arrows on the photo were to help me remember where the outside edges of the block were when putting it back together.

Using a hot, dry iron iron the freezer paper segments onto the wrong side of your fabric. Cut out, making sure to leave an EXACT ¼" seam allowance all the way around.

Put two kite-shaped pieces together right sides together. To make sure the points line up, push a pin through the fabric at a point on the freezer paper and align the fabric so that the pin emerges in the correct spot on the other side. Push the pin all the way through so the fabrics are once again face to face.

You can click on any photo to see a bigger view.
Repeat this for the point at the other end of the seam.

Making sure the seam stays in place the way you lined it up, sew the seam along the edge of the freezer paper. Use the freezer paper edge as a guide, not the edge of the fabric, although there shouldn't be much of a difference. Because the fabric pieces are so small you can probably remove the first pin and just hold the fabric in place with your fingers when placing it under the needle.

Assemble the star in two halves ending up with the following:

At this point I started struggling a little (don't get scared, you can do it!) and forgot to take photos. I explained set in seams in quite a bit of detail in block B-9. Just follow along from the point after I cut the corner out (you obviously don't have to do this over here), and use the freezer paper as a seam guide.
Attach the corner squares first and then the center triangle. The triangle is just a 90 degree corner like the squares, so don't be intimidated.

Sew the two block halves together making sure to line up the kite points in the center. As always I sewed about half an inch over that section before sewing the rest of the seam.

Now set in the last two triangles and you have a block!

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