Patriotic Celestial Star Quilt
Patriotic and Paper Pieced
Paper piecing isn’t all that bad! It seems to be everywhere, and although I’ve foundation paper pieced in the past, I didn’t love it.
That disposition has changed! After learning a few more tricks about sewing through paper, I decided to try a favorite Celestial Star quilt pattern.
This pattern is so versatile. I stitched it once during From Blank Pages pattern launch/quilt along. (See my first attempt from 2014) You’ll have to check out her blog to see all the amazing variations that are possible with this foundation paper pieced design.
The Right Tools
I don’t know if this is the right-right tool for the job, but it was an OK tool that had me enjoying the heck out of the process.
It is elementary school writing newsprint paper. I grabbed a pack from Amazon, 500 sheets for less than $7. It is so light weight and tore very easily when I needed to remove the paper.
Is there better paper? Sure. I’m certain. But here’s why I chose this 500 sheet bundle- value. Since I wasn’t sure if I’d ever print more than the 18 pages needed for a single Celestial Star block, I’m not out too much cash.
My block is going to be a wall-hanging entered in the Greater San Antonio Quilt Guild’s 2019 Silent Auction at our quilt show. San Antonio is known as Military City, USA, so I opted to feature a Patriotic theme.
The quilt has twelve points coming to a point in the center. Luckily, From Blank Pages has information on making that points’ intersection fantastic. Unfortunately for me, I found it right after I finished my top. But good news, I’m going to make this beautiful block again.
My wall hanging is 29″ x 29″ finished. It is a BIG block + a border.
The piece is quilted with four corresponding thread colors. Navy, Red, White, and light Blue. Turns out, when the thread matches the fabric exactly, you cannot see the quilting as well.
If It Were A Quilt
Because I love photoshop, I felt compelled to see what this layout would look like if it were a quilt.
I like it, but man, that would be ALOT of paper. I don’t know if I’m quite there yet with my paper piecing. We’ll see.