The Plus a Star Block from Long Time Gone has captured my heart and my imagination. I confess this block and the fabric possibilities for it had me a little scared, but I’m so thrilled with how it turned out. So thrilled in fact that it has me wishing I’d done a really muted palette for the entire quilt. I love how the orange of this print from Alison Glass’ latest line, Chroma, really pops against the black, grey and white. (It’s called Scatter in Carrot and you can click here to buy some, or you can click here to buy the entire line in a Fat Quarter bundle.)
Where to Find this Week’s Tutorial
This week the full tutorial is over on Nicole’s blog – click here to visit Nicole.
Don’t forget Marti Michell is also offering a conversion chart and tutorial on how to make this block using her templates. See Marti’s tutorial and get the conversion chart by clicking here.
On the week’s when Nicole is providing the full tutorial I will provide any tips and tricks that I used to construct the block. Please note that this is not a full tutorial, for a full tutorial please head to Nicole’s blog – click here to visit Nicole.
Tips & Tricks: Plus a Star Block
- See tutorial for seam pressing details.
- I used a Schmetz 70/10 needle.
- I used 50wt Aurifil #2600 (Dove) thread for piecing.
- I used Flatter by Soak in Yuzu 248ml as my starch.
- I used Clover Wonder Clips to help keep my pieces in place.
Measurements for the pieces needed to construct this block will not be provided in this tutorial. It is a pre-requiste of making this block that you have a copy of the pattern, Long Time Gone by Jen Kingwell. Measurements, where applicable, can be found in this book and it’s associated media.
If you’re using the Marti Michell Perfect Patchwork Templates you can find the conversion chart by clicking here.
How to Make the Block
- Tolerance Levels: you need to decide what is an acceptable tolerance level for “mistakes”. For example if your blocks are consistently 6¼” instead of 6.5″ are you ok with this. Or if your seams matching are less than an eight of an inch “off” are you ok with this. There’s no hard or fast rule and it’s different for everyone, so remember it’s your quilt so make your decision for you.
- Press your seams at each step. Click here for a great article on how to press your seams for patchwork.
- You can iron and starch your fabric prior to cutting. I also starch when pressing bulky seams.
- When pinning, pin away from you so that you don’t move your pieces when pinning.
- Where possible I chain piece all the pieces I can in one step. If you’re unsure of what chain piecing is, click here for a tutorial on how to do it. However, for the purpose of the tutorials I will step you through all the seams individually.
I’m starting to sound like a broken record but this block is all about nesting the seams. If you’re not sure what I mean by that then click here to check out some information I’ve provided previously (including a handy video about it). I sewed this block in vertical rows to help keep everything in the right order.
I also found having a place to lay out all of your cut pieces helps keep everything clear when joining. The really eagle eyed of you will have spotted that I amended my block (last piece in the first column) to keep the plus together. I confess that the OCD in me found it really hard that when it got to the bottom left corner the pluses were a little out of whack. Before you rush off to copy me, remember that to be eligible for prizes (which alas, as the organiser I am not) you need to sew your blocks as per the block instructions in the pattern, so you’ll need three pieces there instead of the one like I have. (Click here to read the Frequently Asked Questions for more details about eligibility.)
Prize Winning Details
Of course the ultimate prize is making this amazing quilt, but if you’d like to also throw your hat in the ring to win some amazing prizes from our amazing sponsors then here’s the information you need to know. You can find out more about our sponsors and the prizes on offer by clicking here.
How to Win
We’ve made it as simple as possible for you to win. To be eligible for all prizes on offer all you have to do is:
- Post a photo of at this week’s block to your Instagram account between 19 April and Midnight 25 April 2017 in your timezone.
- Tag your photo with the hashtags #LongTimeGoneSAL #AlisonGlass #AndoverFabrics #SewWithTheBest #AnnaMariaHorner #FreeSpiritFabrics #JenKingwell #LongTimeGoneQuilt #AmitieTextiles #MartiMichell #LovePatchworkQuilting
- Be following these accounts on Instagram:
Please note: You do not need to tag these accounts in your images, if you use the hashtag #LongTimeGoneSAL we’ll be able to find you!
You will need to also do the following:
- Post a photo of each of the blocks in their relevant weeks in your timezone. You can find the block timetable by clicking here.
- Complete the quilt top and post it to Instagram within 12 July and Midnight 21 July 2017 in your timezone.
- All photos will need to have all the relevant hashtags on them.
- You will need to be following all the relevant Instagram accounts at the time of drawing.
This is the requirements to be eligible for all prizes, if you wish to select which prizes to be eligible for see the individual prize requirements by clicking here.
Need help keeping all of that clear in your head, then get your hands on the Long Time Gone SAL Tracker by clicking here to download.
You can find out all the information about prizes on offer from our amazing sponsors by clicking here.
For more information you can find commonly asked questions and their answers by clicking here.
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