Strawberry Stars

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I'm sorry I don't post here as much as I used to. I'm finding the new way the WordPress blog works a bit frustrating. I know it's just me learning something new. I'm giving it a whirl today because I have something really cool to share with you. This won't be the prettiest presentation but I think you'll get the idea.

Several weeks ago I saw a quilt at auction and for a few minutes, I thought about buying it. Then the light bulb came on and I said " I know what block that is". I decided it would be way more fun to make something like it, in my own way. You have to be amazed at the things quilters of the past were able to accomplish with limited tools. Granted, they didn't have the distractions of television and social media to suck time away from their creativity. I challenged my creative spirit to come up with a way to make the block using modern techniques. I'm thrilled with the results and am having a blast working on this. I hope you'll want to work on this too.

Do you recognize this quilt block? It's Florence Peto's Pine Tree. It's a pretty great block and as you can see I've colored it in a little different way. Why?

The greatest thing happens when you put four of these together and..............

Skip the tree trunks and viola! You've got a Strawberry Star!

Yes, those are some small pieces but I've worked all the bugs out and you can easily foundation piece this block. I couldn't believe it myself - it really goes together smoothly!

I give you cutting instructions specifically for foundation piecing.

The foundation pattern is shaded so you know where each piece of fabric should go.

The foundation is numbered so almost every seam will nest together when sewing the sections. You remove the paper as you go along.

In the pattern, I share all my tips and tricks about thread choice (Invisafil is a must), what foundation paper to use (Carol Doak's Foundation Paper is best for this project), the perfect stitch length (go with 1.60), and so much more so you'll have great success on your very first block. (Yes, you could rotary cut and piece this block. If that's your thing - go for it. I've had better luck with the foundation method. My blocks are perfectly flat and square.)

You can make 1 star - 4 stars or go crazy and make 12! I did include a layout for a nine-block quilt which finishes at a great usable size.

You can use this as a stash buster project but the triangle pieces are perfect to cut from a jelly roll, charm pack, or layer cake! Pretty great huh?

I should also mention this is a great block to work on while you're at a quilt retreat or when you're binge watching something on tv.

You've got to try Strawberry Stars!

Happy Stitching,

Gay

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