English Paper Piecing : Starflowers

I have made some English Paper Pieced Starflowers before, but I appliqued the stars onto a background for my Stars & Spools quilt.

This time I decided to make the stars and link them together in the traditional manner. I used the Rainbow Scrap Challenge color suggestion of the month  ( blue )  for my first one. It seemed to take forever, since I was adding the linking diamonds on all sides.

Here it is from the back ; so many tiny little whipstitches in there  :)

I know that there are a variety of methods out there for EPP. Some order papers from suppliers, some use cardstock, some thread baste or glue baste the pieces.

What I do :

  • Since I am used to this method for applique, I iron two sheets of freezer paper, shiny sides down together and trace my shapes on to them. With a double thickness, my papers will last for awhile before I have to make new ones.
  • I use a little Crayola paintbrush to paint starch around the edges and then use the iron to adhere the fabric.
  • When this is done, prior to sewing these Starflower pieces together, while I know that some people keep their papers in, I take them out and it is easier to manipulate the pieces without the papers in them.

KANGA came over to assist ( OR SHED ) !

Here is the second Starflower…I’ll not add linking diamonds all the way around on this one but only where needed.

We have some bitter cold weather here this weekend.  Well, we’ve had it for a week, but it got worse :)

Schools were closed on Friday due to below zero wind chills and it will be colder on Friday night and Saturday. Perfect weather for staying indoors and working on Slow Stitching projects.

I have another Starflower prepped and ready to go and a few Little Baskets to prep and applique.

Linking up on Saturday to So Scrappy for RSC and to Kathy’s Quilts on Sunday for Slow Stitching.

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25 Responses to English Paper Piecing : Starflowers

  1. This is a wonderful hand stitching project and yes this cold weather is perfect for working with fabrics and threads!

  2. Karen says:

    Interesting way you have to do this – I am using freezer paper too but I just do one layer and then I glue baste to the shiny side as it comes off easy. Nice stars love that pattern – stay warm!!

  3. Kim says:

    You are so patient and so talented.

  4. Susanne says:

    Wow! Those little stitches are amazing.

  5. Sandra Croley says:

    I love your EPP project. It is bitter cold here again, too, so I think it’s a good day to head up to the sewing room and start my own RSC18!

  6. It does sound like perfect weather for staying in with some sewing. Lovely hand work. So many tiny bits and pieces.

  7. Eileen says:

    Hello, I really love the star. It will look beautiful when finished. Your Kanga is a cutie. Stay warm, it is too cold out there. Have a happy weekend.

  8. BillieBee says:

    Great fussy cutting and cute cat!

  9. Ann says:

    You’ve found a clever way to mix fussy cutting with machine piecing. Both projects look perfect for this weather, too.

  10. Gretchen says:

    You are wise to add the white diamonds on the side as you make each star. So often people wait to add them at the end and then it gets very boring and the project languishes for years! The stars are very cute, this will be a lovely quilt.

  11. Deb says:

    What a neat way to do the EPP!. Stay in and stitch while the wind blows outside. Hope Kanga doesn’t help you out like my cat does!

  12. FlowerLady says:

    I’ve seen this way of quilting pieces and it appealed to me. Your stitching is lovely as always. I love your stars. Love your helper also. :-)

    Happy Stitching ~ FlowerLady

  13. Jane says:

    So interesting and beautiful, Deb! You amaze me.

    I hope you stay warm and safe. Very cold here, too. :(


  14. I am in awe of your skill, Deb. This looks like such painstaking work, even your cat looks exhausted :-)

  15. Karen Beigh says:

    Thank you for sharing your method of EPP.

  16. Gail says:

    Lovely stars! Have fun stitching today and stay warm!

  17. Carla says:

    I am glad you find a way that works for you! I love the Texas stars but hate EPP. Someday I want to try doing some larger ones by machine. Enjoy your stitching

  18. Deborah says:

    Love those little star flowers, great project to keep your stitching while the weather is so cold.

  19. Joyce says:

    I always enjoy seeing the color and print combinations you use – very nice mixes of lights and shades, large and small scales, and geometrics vs. florals. I learn from you because I have a tendency to play it safe with small prints.
    I made a Starflower Christmas quilt years ago and nearly went nuts matching points on the piecing! It worked, but “never again” over here!
    Oh Kanga! You are beautiful and have great taste in quilted blocks!
    Monday starts a new school year back for my grands. Its been so bitterly cold here, too, and I’m wondering if they’ll have to call off a few days right from the start of the week.

  20. Karen in Breezy Point says:

    Your star is very cute! I hand pieced mine several years ago using metal templates. They were called Texas Stars by the template company. I still need to get my top quilted—maybe this year?!?

  21. tubakk says:

    It’s cold and windy here too, with much snow. I’ve stayed inside all day to sew on my La Passion. When I finish that project, I will find my stars to do soe diamonds in between, like you’ve done. Pretty stars you’ve made, and interesting to read about how you do it. Thank you.

  22. Becca says:

    That star is awesome looking! Sometimes I really wish I had more artistic skills.

  23. CathieJ says:

    Your starflowers are very pretty. I really like those fabrics. We are have freezing temps here also, but school was closed for two days due to snow, not temps.

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