I finally got around to making an eight pointed star block that’s been in my to-do pile for some time. The only way I get crisp, sharp points on my stars is to use paper piecing, and for this block I altered the Lone Starburst paper piecing pattern devised by Anna at Six White Horses to suit freezer paper piecing.
The alteration works because you add pieces to this pattern starting at one end and not the middle. I explain how I do this in my paper piecing tutorial.
I actually make two freezer paper patterns and cut up one to use as a guide to cut the individual pieces. The piecing goes a lot faster if all the pieces to be joined are roughly cut beforehand. The key is to iron the freezer paper to the wrong side of your fabric. This is where yard dyed solids and batiks are handy as they have no wrong side.
In this photo I’ve just ironed my first fabric piece to the freezer paper pattern and trimmed the seam allowance to 1/4 of an inch. I used that bit of graph paper to feed the freezer paper smoothly under my presser foot. The freezer paper tends to stick a bit at first, but after a few uses you won’t need that extra piece of paper.
With this pattern you sew eight slices and then join them. I was able to use the same freezer paper pattern for all eight. The only tricky bit was joining the slices so the fabric strips match. I used Carol Doak’s technique of machine basting only the tricky areas together, checking for accuracy, and then adjusting as needed before sewing the whole seam.
Because I decided not to make any more stars I expanded the block with a yellow flange and side triangles to make a pillow front, and added a row of big stitching between the two rows of purple machine stitching in the turquoise area.
Then I sewed a zipper into the back using this tutorial on Sew Mama Sew.
My husband gave this effort his ultimate accolade – “that’s pretty.”