This is a picture heavy post .. lots of pictures showing you
how I pieced and pressed this block.
I know I promised to have this to you last week but those taxes HAD to be done ... I finally finished them last night ... phase one at least. There's another filing due but I'm rewarding myself this week and do "my thing" and will take the next batch next week - fair enough right?
So here it is ... my step by step for sewing the first block of Morning Star, Morning Bright - the basic "Morning Star."
You'll start with cutting all your pieces:
A FOUR 3-1/2" squares
B FOUR 3-1/2" x 6-1/2" rectangles
C EIGHT 3-1/2" squares
D ONE 6-1/2" square
On the wrong side of all C squares, draw a line diagonally from corner to corner. I use a regular sharp or mechanical pencil. One good tip is to lay the square on a piece of fine sand paper so things don't scootch around. To preserve the markings on your ruler, apply one layer of clear packing tape and then trim around the ruler. Replace as necessary.
Now you're ready to make the flying geese units for the block - you'll need four using pieces B and C.
Referring to the handout provided with the block directions (click here) you'll place one C square even with three edges of a B rectangle and sew directly on the drawn line. Press and check before trimming - be sure to allow that 1/4" seam allowance.
Your seam allowance will be pressed toward the corner of the flying goose (see illustration on the left) and if you sew those "waste" triangles together you won't lose them because we can use them later. Repeat with the opposite corner ... and you'll have a flying goose plus two "wasteful" half-square triangle units.
If you make a bunch of blocks you can end up with a pile of half-square triangle units. Some might accidentally be even just a tad funny.
Ok, I'm getting just a tad distracted here ...
Once you have your flying geese units, you are ready to sew the block together in rows.
Press all seam allowances away from the geese.
Then you can sew those rows together into a complete block.
Are you wondering
how I pressed those "they were too bulky" and now they're "funny looking" seams?
Here's a closeup.
I try to keep the "open" part of the seam as short as possible because I really AM . NOT . A . FAN of pressing seems open.
Then I flip the block over and press the rest of the seam from the right side. And yes, I always press from the right side so that I am sure my seams are completely pressed to the side.
So there you have it. A completed Morning Star block. Did I miss anything? Don't hesitate to tell me and I'll do my best to explain it further. In the meantime I'm off to get block two ready for you!
Happy sewing one and all and to all a wonderful flight! xox JPin It Now!