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.
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