Venus at Dusk- Block Five of `Round the Year’ Block of the Month Quilt

Goddess on the mountain top
Burning like a silver flame
The summit of beauty and love
And Venus was her name…

( Lyrics from a popular song from the 70s, when I was a teenager!)

I find the folded star so very pretty and you see it everywhere these days! The reason that I could never get around to making it is that … as much as I may hate to admit it… I am a fabric miser! Therefore, I designed this paper pieced block, inspired by the folded star and named it Evening Star. There is already a quilt block with that name, so I thought of calling it `Morning Star’, but in Hindu mythology the Morning Star is the North Star, not to forget that this quilt is called “Dusk’!

I also wanted to dedicate this October Star, Venus, to my husband and son, whose birthdays fall this month. And then, Indian scientists decided it for me by sending a mission to Mars; if  men now have a place to head to, we women need our very own Venus!

Venus - Block Five of the round the Year Quilt
Venus ( at Dusk) – Block Five of the round the Year Quilt

So…introducing Venus, Block 5 of the Block of the Month quilt ” Round the Year”, designed in two colourways, Dusk and Rainbow. I used Quilt Assistant free software to design this block. This colour design shows the ‘Dusk’ Colourway in four shades of the main colour (blue here) and four shades ranging from yellow to deep orange in the contrast colour. My contrast colours are not symmetrical, because I liked the idea of a twinkling star, please make necessary adjustments in the fabric requirement if you want a `steadier’ star.

Fabric Requirement – Venus at Dusk

Venus - Block Five of the round the Year Quilt
Fabric Requirement

Instructions

Print all templates in portrait mode at actual size. Also print the first two pages of the Instructions file and keep at hand. If you want to refer to the step by step piecing and assembly instructions, print the whole file! The links are at the end of this post.

Number and label each fabric colour. You can use the master template given below for trying out colour combinations.

I like to cut out all the pieces of one colour and pin them to the respective templates before I move to the next colour fabric. This helps me avoid a lot of confusion and heartburn later!

I suggest you piece the 8 templates A to H like log cabins. Align the straight edge of the strip with the printed seam line at each stage. It saves time if you work on all the templates at the same time. Complete the piecing at each step, trim the seams and press, before moving to the next step.

For more tips on paper piecing the blocks of this quilt, refer to this blogpost!

Assembly

Join the 8 wedges A to H to respective background pieces using the colour design and the Master template on Page 1 as a guide. Join in pairs to make the ¼ squares. Assemble these to make up the full block.

Here is the Master template – this is a mirror image of the colour design and shows the block from the printed paper side.

Venus - Block Five of the Round the Year Quilt
Master Template -Venus – Block Five of the Round the Year Quilt

Step by Step Piecing and Assembly Instructions

Anuradha Bahuguna of anumrinal.wordpress.com was sweet enough to test the block for me! All these pictures were taken by her. Would you believe this was her first attempt at paper piecing?

Like I said, the block templates A to H are pieced like individual log cabins, beginning from the centre ( yellow to oranges here).

1.I would recommend you sort out all the pieces template-wise and pin them to the far end of your template ( near the piece # 10-11) in the order of stitching – the longest piece at the bottom of the pile and the shortest on top.

For convenience, I am giving the piece number, size of the piece and fabric number here.

Venus - Block Five of the round the Year Quilt
Paper piecing sizes

2. So we start with the 1.5″x2.75″ piece and pin it on the unprinted side of A1. The wrong side of the fabric should touch the paper at all times.

Note that the fabric extends at least ¼” beyond both seam lines, adjoining A2 as well as A3. Align the long edge of the fabric to the seam to be stitched – in this case between A1 and A2. Do this for all pieces to come.
(Note –
In the picture below, one can afford to move the fabric piece a bit upward, toward A3, so that the corner between A1 and A2-A3 is better covered.)

Venus - Block Five of the round the Year Quilt
Hold against the light to see if your fabric placement is correct

What I am going to show you now is incorrect, because the ¼” margin is not available toward A2.

Venus - Block Five of the Round the Year Quilt
Incorrect!

Now place the 3″ x1.25″ fabric #3 on the just pinned piece, right sides together, and long edges aligned at seam A1-A2.

Venus - Block Five of the Round the Year Quilt
Piece #2 pinned along seam line to check placement
Venus - Block Five of the Round the Year Quilt
That seems fine – all margins covered!

Anuradha has pinned it on the seam allowance to check that fabric for area A2 completely covers it when opened. In the next picture she shows us how it looks from the flip side.

Venus - Block Five of the Round the Year Quilt
From the right side, Pieces # 1 and 2

That looks good.

Set the sewing machine to a stitch length between 1 and 1.5 so that it is easy to tear away the paper. Sew on the seam line A1-A2, extending the stitching line about ¼” on to A3.

Similarly stitch the first two pieces on all the templates, before heading to your ironing table and pressing the seams to set them. Then trim the seams to ¼” and open the piece #2 on all templates.

3. Pin piece#3,
which is fabric#3 and 3.5″ long, right side down, aligning the long edge to ¼” beyond the printed seam line between A1 –A2 and A3, the way you would in a log cabin. Do this for all the templates and then do the stitching of piece #3 to pieces #1 and #2.

Press seam to set. Fold away the paper template after stitching the seam and trim the seam to ¼” before pressing open piece #3.

This is how your templates should look after this stage…

Venus - Block Five of the Round the Year Quilt
Pieces # 1, 2 and 3

4. Similarly attach pieces 4 and 5…

Round the Year Quilt - Venus Block
Checking if pieces # 4 and 5 in place?

 

5. Sew pieces # 6 and 7 to each of the templates.

Venus Block - Round the Year Quilt
Pretty!

Aren’t they pretty?

6. Here comes Piece#8. It will be followed by piece #9.

Venus Block - Round the Year Block
Piece 8 coming up

…the final blue pieces# 8 and 9 attached!

Venus Block - Round the Year Block
The star takes shape

7. Turn of the golds! Anuradha was a bit confused here, so she coloured the pieces 9 and 10 with pencils! Remember – the master template is a mirror inage?

Venus Block - Round the Year Block
Coloured pencils ensure you don’t get confused!

Not for long though! She attached the yellow to orange pieces at Areas # 10 and 11.

7. Here are her eight wedges, that will make up the 15″ circle, all pieced!

 

Venus Block - Round the Year Block
Ooh! That looks good!

The pattern suggests that you join each of these eight large pieced wedges to a corresponding background piece.

While I suggest a diagonal kind of dark/ bright background, Anuradha wanted to experiment with other `looks’. Time then, for some more confusion, while Anuradha tried out various settings for her circle! This..hmmm…I quite like this..

Venus Block - Round the Year Block
Light against dark and dark against light!

…this(which is also delicious)…

Venus Block - Round the Year Block
Light against light and dark against dark!

…and this! I am not so sure about this one…

Venus Block - Round the Year Block
Alternating the darks and lights…

Anuradha, I think, liked this! She joined the wedges to the backgrounds…

Wedges joined to the backgrounds
Wedges joined to the backgrounds

but changed her mind! She joined these wedges into pairs to make four squares. The squares were joined ( like a four patch) to make up the final block. Here it is from the wrong side, withe paper removed!

The paper removed!
The paper removed!

Anuradha does not care much for the centre of her block from the back. It refuses to lie flat.

The centre needs some work!
The centre needs some work!

I  promised to show her how to make those seams meet in a swirl and lie perfectly flat. For that she needs firstly to ensure that her seams are pressed in one  direction. I tried looking for a good tutorial that teaches you how to do it , in vain. It is very similar to the what you would do in a pinwheel block.  She has not got back to me on this, so perhaps she has found a solution?

When I make my block, I will share with you (and Anuradha)  how to make the wrong side of your block look like this.

Eight point star - swirl centre seam
A star on th wrong side of an eight point star – tute coming up, soon!

 

The front is perfect, all points matched, just so. Here it is, Anuradha’s gorgeous Venus Block, flipped over, from the right side.

Venus Block - Round the Year Block
The Venus, shining brightest, amongst all the twinkling stars!

Now is that not absolutely gorgeous?

Anuradha’s block is ready, waiting to see yours ! Meanwhile, the Venus song is stuck in my head.

She’s got it 
Yeah, baby, she’s got it
I’m your Venus, I’m your fire
At your desire
Well, I’m your Venus, I’m your fire
At your desire

(Do go listen to the full song, it is `awesome’!)

Before I log off, here is a look at the Rainbow Venus, in its original avatar.

 

And finally the Instructions and templates in pdf format. Remember, print at actual size! You need  Adobe Reader to be able to read these files, Adobe Reader is downloadable for free.

Instructions file – Venus, Block 5 of the Round the Year Quilt. The step by step piecing instructions and pics are included in this file, page 3 onwards. If you do not want them, print only the first 2 pages.

Paper Piecing Templates File – Venus, Block 5 of the Round the Year Quilt

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About Eye Candy, Mental Blocks and Blocks Round the Year

I see to have hit some kind of a mental block trying to do calculations for the Layout Option 3 for the Round the Year Quilt. So I decided to share the real blocks that people have been making, using the free Block of the Month patterns on this blog!  Links to the patterns for these blocks are given towards the end of this post.

A few of the Dahlia blocks had been shared earlier, on  this post. Here comes some more magic…

Block 1 Dahlia

Cindy Ellerbe's Ribbon Dahlia
Cindy Ellerbe’s Ribbon Dahlia
Vicky Trerotola
Vicky Trerotola’s Purple Dahlia
Revathi Sampath
Revathi Sampath’s Blue Ribbon Dahlia
Jaya Parker's  Colour Wheel
Jaya Parker’s Colour Wheel

Block  2 Evening at the Pond

Anuradha Ramesh
Anuradha Ramesh’s Rainbow lights up the Evening at the Pond
Devi Nair
Devi Nair’s Peaceful Evening
Diptee Raut
Diptee Raut’s geese circle a green-blue algae infested pond against the pink sunset!
Jaya Parker
Jaya Parker’s gorgeous colour wheel!
Vicki Trerotola EveatPond
Vicki Trerotola’s purple evening…

 

Here are blocks 3 and 4 by Vicki…

Vicki Trerotola
Vicki Trerotola’s Card Trick
Vicki's Sapphire Fire - actually, her Amethyst block!
Vicki’s Sapphire Fire – actually, her Amethyst block!

This is the test block that Anuradha Ramesh did for me , Block 4, Sapphire Fire.

Anuradha Ramesh's Block 4
Anuradha Ramesh’s Block 4

After Anuradha finished this block, I came across a picture of a gemstone that is uncannily similar to her block – the Ametrine.

The Ametrine - a gemstone
The Ametrine – a gemstone

Isn’t that amazing?

Those of you who are interested, can find the block patterns on these links. There are step by step instructions for making them, too!

Block 1 Dahlia

Block 2 Evening at the Pond

Block 3 Card Trick

Block 4 Sapphire Fire

Before I sign off to do more calculations on the third layout option for the quilt, I will let you have a peek at what I am designing…

Layout Option 3 - inspired by the Chopsticks Quilt by oneworldfabrics.com
Layout Option 3 – inspired by the Chopsticks Quilt by oneworldfabrics.com

Wish me luck! And happy quilting to you 🙂

 

 

 

Of Squircles and Layout Option 2 – Round the Year Quilt

 

This layout is inspired by the original Camelot quilt. It finishes at 90″ x 90″ with a triple border measuring 9″. The inner most border is 1.5″ wide, in the background colour, followed by a middle flying geese border of 3″ and finally a 4.5″ solid border, again in the background fabric. Each of the block corners has 3″ half square triangle, made of 2 QSTs pieced together. I can visualise a small colourwheel at the corner as an alternative! Add a 6″ star of your choice in the corner of the border.

Fabric Requirement

I have given a margin of a few inches at each level.

I will give more details about how to bring it all together when all the blocks are done and we are ready to put together the top. Meanwhile, templates for the background square, the flying geese border and the corner star are given at the end of this post.These requirements are for the pieced background. The template for this is also included at the end of this post.

If appliquéing the fully pieced circles to the squares, you need sixteen 19.5″ squares. When cutting from 42-44″ width fabric, you require 4.5 yard fabric for the background alone.

If you use the shorter 34″ – 36″ width fabric, I suggest you cut a single row of squares, borders and binding from the length of the fabric. You need about 8.5 metres of the 34-36″ width fabric in total.

I tried the same layout in a different colour combination.

 

And also with different pieced borders, ranging from 1.5″ to 4.5″ in width…

In all case the fabric required for the binding and borders would be approximately the same.

This is the quilt as originally planned, in the classic red and white. With a little bit of imagination, all the quilt blocks can be made in just two colours, as you can see!

Before I give the templates, I have a question! What do you call the geometric space left behind when you remove a circle from a square -what we have been referring to as the background? I asked a mathematician friend who could not help me! So I have decided to name it the squircle! Now for the templates, including one for the squircle for a 18″ square minus a 15″ circle, for layout option 2.

Background squircle ( 4 needed for one block – 64 in all)

3″ Flying geese – paper pieced. These 24 when joined together, will form 1/2 of one side of the border.

6″ Star ( You will make 4, one for each corner)

Reblogging Clouds and Shadows – with Fabric Requirements

Hello! Hope you are having a great day. I realized that I had not given the fabric requirement for the background for Layout Option #1 ! So I am re-blogging the post with the measurements. But before that I would love to share with you the quilt as originally planned – only a few of these blocks made the final cut! Are there any that you would like to see in the final quilt?

Original Round the Year Quilt
Original Round the Year Quilt

 

 

I have been trying out various options for the Dusk Round the Year Quilt! I will show you one option in each of the next few posts and include patterns for sashings and borders. The next block, Block # 5, will be posted only on 15th October. In the first two weeks of October, you can catch up with pending blocks, set your circles in squares, ready the borders, sashing, binding etc! Or, if you want to `quilt as you go’ the first four blocks, perhaps you can start on that!

I will post these so that you can decide which one you want to do. Of course, each of the 16 blocks will be different, but you get the general idea!

Round the Year -Dusk (Shadows) Layout Option 1

This is one option I really like. In this layout, the interplay of dark and light grey in the background brings alive the theme of dusk falling. The blocks are simply joined together and a thin 1.5″ dark grey border and binding frames the blocks, making it up to a comfortable 75″ square size.

Here is how the Rainbow Quilt will look, in the same layout…

Round the Year Quilt Rainbow (Clouds) -Layout Option 1

 

Fabric Requirement

So now to the fabric requirement for these blocks! This will depend on the method you use to set the circles in the blocks.

There are several ways of setting the 15″ pieced circles in the 18″ background squares, each with a different fabric requirement. As I calculate, there are 4 centre blocks set in bright coloured fabric. The remaining 12 are half and half. I am presuming the border and binding will be in the darker coloured fabric. In case you decide to use different fabric for borders and binding, the calculations for that are also included in the charts.

Appliqueing the circles to the squares

You may choose to piece the whole circle and appliqué it to a background square using your favourite method. The fabric requirement for the background, borders and binding is given in this chart.

Fabric Requirement -Round the Year Option 1 – if you are appliqueing full circles on 18″ squares

The poplin that one uses for solids here in India is about 35″-36″ ; after removing selvedges, the usable width is just about 34″, which is what I have used for the calculations. The fabric is available in metres, hence the metrage… Another column gives the requirement in yards for regular 42″-44″ width.

I decided to use the Bamboo App on my ipad to share with you how I would cut my fabric if I were doing this Shadows/ Clouds option. Forgive the untidiness.

Fabric Requirement -Round the Year
Fabric Requirement -Round the Year

 

  • If using 42″ width dark fabric, it is suggested you cut a panel 18″ x 80″ for the borders and binding, before you start cutting the fabric for the background squares. Cut four strips each of 2″ and 2.5″ from this panel.
  • If using the smaller width fabric, first cut the two 21″ squares and eight rectangles 10″x 19.5″ along the length and then assess how much width is left over. You may need to cut strips along the width of fabric too – remember, you require a total of about 2″x300″ for the borders and 2.5″x 320″ for the binding.

Preparing the background squares for applique:

For the 4 centre blocks: Use the 19.5″ square from the bright fabric

For the 4 corner blocks: Use the two 21″ squares from each of the two fabrics to make HSTs and trim them to 19.5″.

For the 8 remaining blocks : Pair one rectangle 19.5″ x 10″ from each of the fabrics to make a square 19.5″ x 19.5″. Make 8 such squares.

For your convenience, I have given a template for a (quarter) circle with 7.5″ radius (without any added seam allowance). This Template D is downloadable from the link at the end of this post.

Piecing the background to the circle

The block patterns published so far have each included templates and instructions for the background.

There are basically three templates used for the background. These can be downloaded from either the respective block pattern, or even from the link at the end of this post.

In the Dahlia and Card trick blocks, the circle is pieced into halves and joined to 2 of Template C sewn together. In the Sapphire Block, I suggested you join Templates A and B to 1/8 circle wedges.

Here are the fabric requirements (for the whole quilt ) and cutting instructions if you will be piecing the blocks.

Fabric Requirement – Round the Year – Layout Option1, if you are piecing the background for the blocks

This is how I suggest you cut the fabric.( I used quiltassistant free software for this).

For best use of fabric, I have suggested you cut the binding and border strips from the length of fabric if using the 42″-44″ width and from the width of fabric if using the shorter width.

I think that takes care of everything. (It took me three days to write this post, what with all these charts and calculations and diagrams!) Everything except the promised templates.

7.5″ radius circle template

Background Templates for piecing

Fabric Requirement Clouds and Shadows – Round the Year -Layout Option 1

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Of Clouds and Shadows! Round the Year Quilt – Layout Option One

 

I have been trying out various options for the Block of the Month Quilt, Round the Year! I will show you one option in each of the next few posts and include patterns for sashings and borders. The next block, Block # 5, will be posted only on 15th October. In the first two weeks of October, you can catch up with pending blocks, set your circles in squares, ready the borders, sashing, binding etc! Or, if you want to `quilt as you go’ the first four blocks, perhaps you can start on that!

I shall be posting these so that you can decide which one you want to do. Of course, each of the 16 blocks will be different, but you get the general idea! In case you want the patterns for the blocks featured in this quilt picture above (or below), they are available for free, right here, on this blog! Just type “Round the Year’ in the searchbox, and the posts will pop up. I am trying to create a page where all the links will be available in one place, as soon as I can figure out how!

This is one option I really like. In this layout, the interplay of dark and light grey in the background brings alive the theme of dusk falling. The blocks are simply joined together and a thin 1.5″ dark grey border and binding frames the blocks, making it up to a comfortable 75″ square size. What would you call this layout? I am undecided between `Shadows’ and `Clouds’!

Here is how the Rainbow Quilt will look, in the same layout… A white and black combination ( instead of blue and grey) for the background would look stunning, but I would prefer that for a wall quilt rather than a bed quilt! I’ll give you a dekko at that in my next post!

 

If you come up with some options, we’d all love to see those, too! Meanwhile. I’ll get back to my design desk(top) for a few more layouts!

Sapphire Fire – Block Four of the Round the Year BOM Quilt and some Paper Piecing Tips

Sapphire Fire Quilt Block - Round the Year Quilt
Sapphire Fire Quilt Block

Sapphire Fire
is the fourth block in the Dusk colourway in the Block of the Month Quilt, Round the Year. The templates and instructions for the other colourway “Rainbow” have already been posted last week.

Like the previous three blocks, this one is also paper foundation pieced and finishes at 18″ square with a 15″ inset circle. The pattern, fabric requirement and piecing instructions can be downloaded from the links at the end of this post.

I am yet to make this block in this colourway. I plan to use 4 shades of blue fabric from deep to light in this block, contrasted with 4 fabrics ranging from deep orange through light orange and gold to yellow. The background is planned in 2 shades of grey. Here is a look at some of the fabric I have been auditioning for the block! It is Fossil Fern by Benartex – I just love that fabric!

Sapphire Fire Quilt Block
Fabric for the Sapphire Fire Block

 

Meanwhile, I am utilising this post to list out of a few do’s and don’t’s to keep in mind when paper piecing the blocks from this quilt!

Templates

  1. Reminder – the templates for the Round the Year quilt blocks are printed mirror images.
  2. Check to see if the templates are to be printed in portrait or landscape mode – adjust the printer setting accordingly.
  3. Take print outs of the Template file with printer settings at 100% or actual size.

I often have people ask me if they can increase the printer settings to, say, 120% if a larger block is needed. It does not work that way, if you have the ¼” seam allowance added on to the template ( as is the case with the Round the Year block templates). You will end up increasing the seam allowance also to 120%!

4.    I hate all the paper wastage involved when printing the templates – often one template occupies one whole page! Where possible, I like to use my unthreaded sewing machine to needle punch up to 7-8 templates at a time from waste paper stapled to a printed template. Tissue paper works great!

5.  I like to cut the templates a bit larger on all sides and trim them after piecing. It may be just superstition, I don’t know! I just like the thought of some margin in case things go wrong somewhere!

Cutting Fabric

6.  This can never be stressed enough – starch and press your fabric! It makes all the difference between a block that looks like it has been pieced by an experienced quilter versus a beginner! Every minute spent on this stage will be well worth it!

7.   What I love about paper piecing is that you don’t have to be very accurate when cutting the fabric. All my fabric requirement charts give you plenty of margin. Personally, I like to keep a boxful of all the scraps from the quilt blocks to look into before I start cutting fresh fabric.

8.   After cutting the fabric pieces, I can save a lot of heartburn if I remember to pin the pieces to the respective templates! At this stage, I also get a chance to check if I have missed out on a piece or two.

Piecing

9.   I like to sort out the templates shape wise unless specifically asked not to. There is a possibility you can chain piece them and why miss the opportunity?

10.  Set your machine stitch length to 1.5 (or about 15-20 stitches per inch). You want to be able to tear away the paper, without getting the stitches all loosened up.

11.   It may sound obvious, but please remember to begin with piece #1 and #2 when you start piecing a template!

Now to the piecing itself:

  • Place fabric piece #1 with the wrong side touching the paper on the unprinted side. Hold it against the light to see that the entire area of piece #1 is covered plus a ¼” seam allowance.
  • Place piece#2 on top of piece #1, right sides together. ALWAYS – right sides touching each other. Align the edges of the two pieces at seam between #1 and #2 – overlapping ¼” beyond the seam line.

  • Pin the two pieces together before flipping to printed side of paper and stitching on seam line.
  • Trim the seam allowance to ¼”.
  • Press open fabric piece #2 and hold the template against light to check that it covers the printed area #2 plus ¼” seam allowance on all sides.
  • We are now ready to stitch piece #3…repeat as for pieces #1 and #2!
  • Repeat for all the numbered pieces – in the correct order, till the whole template is pieced.

12.  When all the templates are pieced and ready to be assembled, trim the templates to the right size – to the outer dotted line in the case of my block templates.

Assembly

13.  Each of the block patterns includes a Master Template, which is a guide to how the templates are to be assembled.
REMEMBER – The Master Template is also a mirror image and shows the printed side of the paper templates.

( You can also use the Master Template to try out your own colour schemes; use colour pencils! )

14. Unlike in the case of the templates, numbering or alphabetical order does not work here! So that it is not necessary that A is joined to B is joined to C etc…Follow the assembly instructions given in the pattern (Instructions File). In case of confusion – yes – refer to the Master template.

15. There are several alignment markers in the form of crosses and tiny lines cutting across the seam line. Use these to pin the templates together.

16. You can tear away much of the paper before you start assembling the templates, especially if it does not have any alignment markers!

17. What you need to be careful at this stage is which edges you join and which template is on top when it goes under the needle. How do I know? Guess!

I think I have listed all the things to be taken care of when paper piecing these blocks! In no time you should have a perfectly pieced and assembled block. If you can think of anything else, do share it here!

 

Before I forget, here are the promised pattern downloads for the Sapphire Fire Block! The files are huge, and may take time to download. You need Adobe Reader on your system(downloadable free online) to be able to view/ download these files. Happy piecing and quilting!

Instructions – for Sapphire Fire, Block Four of Dusk Round the Year Quilt.

Paper piecing templates – for Sapphire Fire, Block Four of Dusk Round the Year Quilt.

While all my Dreamcatcher patterns are free and will continue to remain so, may I request you to visit the webpage of my favourite not-for-profit organization Samarpan Foundation and donate whatever you deem fit towards the wonderful work they are doing to spread joy, peace and happiness through the world? 

 

Rainbow Sapphire – Block Four of the Rainbow Round the Year BOM Quilt

Sapphire Rainbow - Block 4 of the Round the Year Quilt

This “SAPPHIRE” is the fourth block in the Block of the Month quilt `Round the Year‘. I have made it only in the Rainbow colourway; the other – Dusk colourway – remains pending, as I am on enforced rest with an acute attack of sciatica.

But don’t worry, the templates and instructions files for Dusk are ready and are being published in a separate post. This is a very simple block to piece and I am sure even beginner paper piecers should be able to manage without step by step pictures.

Like the previous three blocks, this is also paper foundation pieced. The fabric requirements and Instructions for paper piecing and assembly for the RAINBOW colourway for this block can be downloaded as .pdf files from the link at the end of this post. Adobe Reader , which is required for .pdf files, is available for free download online. So here we go!

SAPPHIRE RAINBOW

Finished Block size: 18″ square with 15″ inset circle.

Fabric Requirement and Cutting Instructions


REMEMBER – The Master Template is a mirror image and shows the printed side of the paper templates. You can also use it to try out your own colour schemes; use colour pencils!

Sapphire - Block 4 of the Round the Year Quilt

  1. Take print outs of the Templates .pdf file with printer settings at 100% or actual size in portrait mode. You have the following templates:
  • 8 wedge templates numbered A, D, E, H, I, L,M and P.
  • 8 spoke templates B,C, F,G,J,K, N and O .
  • 2 background templates Q and R for the outside square. Cut 4 of each, the additional fabric margin is kept on the straight long edge.
Sapphire Rainbow - Block 4 of the Round the Year Quilt
Add a margin of 1/2″ to 1″ on the straight edge when cutting fabric for the background template.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Take a print out of the Instructions file and keep it at hand for reference.

3. Cut the fabric according to the fabric requirement chart, using the colour code as guide. To summarise:

  Each of the 8 wedge templates will be pieced with
  • 1 HST 5.5″
  • 1 triangle half of 3″x 6″
  • 1 rectangle 1.5″ x 6.5″

Each of the 8 spoke templates will be pieced with

  • 4 HSTs 3.5″
  • 1 triangle half of 2″ x 3.5″
  • 1 QST 3.5″ ( or 1HST 2″ may be used instead)

4 . Pin the fabric pieces to the respective templates to avoid confusion when sewing.

Piecing Instructions

1.   Piece the wedge templates

2.   Piece the spoke templates and arrange according to the master template. Trim to template size.

Assembly

Refer to the Master template as a guide when assembling the paper pieced templates. ( It is a mirror image, remember?)

Each of the wedge templates is joined to a spoke template.

So, you join A to B, C to D, E to F, G to H, I to J, K to L , M to N and O to P. There are markers on the templates to help you align the templates correctly.

Be careful you do not join 2 wedges together, or you will have y-seams to contend with! Like this!

Sapphire Rainbow - Block 4 of the Round the Year Quilt
I joined two wedges together. Here I am adding a spoke to the wedges.
Sapphire Rainbow - Block 4 of the Round the Year Quilt
When I started joining the spoke on the other side, I was confronted with a y-seam!

At the end of this, you should have 8 wedges equal to 1/8 of the circle. I have assembled my circle in quarters, don’t let that confuse you.

Final Assembly

The easiest way to join to the background would be as follows:

  • Join AB to X, CD to Q. EF to R, GH to S, IJ to T, KL to U, MN to V and OP to W.
  • Join BAX to CDQ …etc to obtain 4 squares.
  • Assemble the 4 squares; square up the block to 18.5″ . We are done!

You can download the paper piecing templates and instructions ( including fabric requirement) here.

  1. Templates – For paper piecing Block Four SAPPHIRE RAINBOW of the Round the Year BOM Quilt.
  2. Instructions – For Block Four SAPPHIRE RAINBOW of the Round the Year BOM Quilt.

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