You might remember that I signed up for Don't Call Me Betsy's Lucky Stars BOM a little while ago. Paper-piecing is a technique I really want to get better at because you can achieve such amazing results with it.
When I packed for the weekend at the cottage this week, I decided to pack the materials I would need to make a couple of paper-pieced stars... The January and February 2014 blocks to be exact.
For the 2014 stars, I decided to use the Little Apples fat quarter bundle I purchased a long time ago. I wasn't sure the bigger prints would work with paper-piecing, but I went ahead anyways.
Here is my January star: The Sparkling Star...
I had a few problems getting the seams to lie flat because there is A LOT of bulk where those seams meet, especially in the middle. So the results aren't as nice as I had hoped. In addition to the bulky seams, all those bias edges really stretched on me so there is a lot of wavy stuff going on here. Lesson learned with this block: buy startch!
And this is the February star: The Shazam Star...
I am a lot happier with this one. However, the seams don't all match. This could be the bias edges again so this might be resolved in the future by using starch when I press the finished units.
For the 2013 stars, I am using a Fig Tree & Co. Fabric collection. This is the January star:
The February Star:
And the March star:
I haven't decided yet if these stars will ever get sewn together into a quilt, but they are amazing practice.
Do you paper-piece? If yes, do you have any tips for me? I would love to read them so leave them in the comments!
Thanks for stopping by!