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There were a couple of questions last week about how I pieced a Seven Sisters block so, rather than try to explain it in words, I thought I’d do this mini tutorial. Lester is hoping this is relaxing and easy to follow.
The first step is to make the seven 6-pointed stars that will be in the block. For each block, I need 18 white diamonds, 6 half elongated hexagons and 42 blue diamonds for the seven stars.
Once that’s done, the next most important step is to press them making sure that the seam allowances of each star are pressed the same way. This photo is of a star in a different fabric, which shows the seam allowances a bit better.
My next step is to surround one star, which will be the centre star in the block, with white diamonds.
Because I hand piece, the inset seams are something I look for as it offers the opportunity to continuously stitch around the star. To add the six white diamonds around the blue star, I used one length of thread.
In this photo you can see, on the white diamonds and half elongated hexagons, that each has the stitching line and crosshairs at the end of each seam. The lines are printed on my blue fabrics as well, but they don’t photograph as well. Because of the perfect stitching lines and crosshairs one gets when printing templates on to the fabric using Inklingo, it makes stitching a block like this a breeze. I simply match up my crosshairs, pin and stitch.
My next step is to join the six remaining stars with white diamonds so that they’re ready to stitch to the centre star.
Then I pin the first of the strip of six stars to one of the white diamonds surrounding the centre star and start to stitch. Again, lots and lots of continuous stitching.
A couple of threads are all it takes and the centre star is completely surrounded.
All that’s left to do now is add the six remaining white diamonds and six half elongated hexagons around the outside edge and the block will be done. Once again, lots and lots of continuous stitching.
The block is finished. While I didn’t really keep track of the time it took to make the block, I think that it took somewhere around 3 hours in total from making the seven stars to adding the final white diamonds around the outside of the block.
A quick press and it’s ready to be added to the stack of the blue and white Seven Sisters blocks that I am making.
Smudge hopes you found this as relaxing as he did. He had to go curl up with some softies and have a nap! He had lost a pound again when we went to the vet. So we’re continuing the syringe feeding for now and have gone back to the vet-suggested foods. Sunday night he finally started to eat hard food again for the first time in two months. We were really encouraged to see that.
The third of the blue and white Seven Sisters blocks is done. This is a very long-term project, as I’ve only made 3 or 4 of them over the past year. The little stars are amazingly quick to put together and I’ve finally found a stitching sequence when putting the blocks together that involves lots of continuous stitching and seems much faster.
The baby quilt didn’t get basted on Tuesday, but will this week. I’m getting very close to putting the pink and cream star top together. There are only two more blocks left to which I need to add the setting triangles and squares, which I can probably get finished today. Then it will be time to add the sashing and borders which I plan to do by machine. At this rate, I’ll be ready to baste it at the same time as the baby quilt — and a couple of other tops that will be wallhangings.
Our vet called on Tuesday and we’re taking Smudge in on Friday for a weigh-in and colour check. He’s definitely eating more on his own, so it will be interesting to see what his weight is now.
A close-up of Lester.
Clamshells seem to have been the focus this week. I can’t get over how quickly I was able to add two more rows Thursday night. They’re short rows but, with continuous stitching and hand piecing, they seemingly go together in the blink of an eye! I’m leaving the pressing until the end because of the amount of bias, but am finger pressing as I go.
Thursday I did the final pressing of Chintz Circles and its backing as it will be basted today. I’m looking forward to starting the quilting. With any luck, I’ll get at least half of it done this weekend.
Another one of the Seven Sisters blocks is finished. Not pressed, as my wrist was really sore from pressing Chintz Circles and the backing. Each one of blocks will be a different blue and I am undecided as to how large it will be, although I’m thinking a lap quilt.
I’m using 1″ diamonds with to make the stars. There’s the opportunity for lots of continuous stitching in these as well, which is something I look for when stitching. It will join the first one I finished a couple of years ago.
I’m terribly behind in replying to comments but will catch up this weekend. Do you go back to blogs to see if your comment has been replied to directly on the blog rather than by e-mail? I know that some bloggers respond that way and others don’t and am curious about opinions are on that subject.
Thursday was a beautiful day, lovely and sunny and warming up. It looks as though our weekend will be wonderfully sunny and hot.
Smudge was very alert Thursday evening when posing for this photo.
Lester showing off his huge whiskers.
While I’m working on the quilt for my aunt, I thought I’d show a few pictures now and then of blocks and/or projects I’ve worked on. I think I will eventually make a blue and white Seven Sisters quilt but initially I made two blocks — one in blue and white using 1″ diamonds and one in the orange and blue using .75″ diamonds. Sometimes I just make blocks with no real plan for a quilt, but rather to see, as in this case, differences in size or just to play with colour combinations.
Another row was added to the Spring Circles top last night and as soon as weather permits, we’ll get a shot of it out on the roof garden. All the shapes for the next row have been selected and I’ll start on those blocks tonight.
Wednesday was another rather chilly day although the sun did finally make an appearance. One way I know it’s chilly is that no one is out on the roof garden. Not even the gardeners have made an appearance yet this week!
Smudge took advantage of another cool day to stretch out and relax, as there’s not much to see out on the roof garden these days.
Lester was doing his house lion imitation again.