Welcome back to the Milky Way Sampler! If you’re new to this starry sensation, and want to find out more about this foundation paper pieced sampler, you can check out this post for all the info. And if you need to brush up on your foundation paper piecing skills, I’ve got a tutorial for that!
Block 7 for the Milky Way Sampler is Rigel. Which always makes me think of Star Trek… Risa… Rigel, close enough, right?! Anyway, if you’ve been following along, then you would correct in guessing that Rigel is the seventh brightest star in the sky. It’s also the brightest star in the Orion consetellation Not sure that it’s purple, but mine is!
Download this block for free during July from my Craftsy store.
What you’ll need
Rigel pattern – print 4 copies of the template at ‘Actual Size’
Paper piecing supplies – read this post for my recommended paper piecing supplies
- Templates should measure 10 1/2″ along the longest side.
- A3 and A6 are the background sections.
- When you have pieced all four templates, arrange them so that the prints point to the outside of the quilt block.
- Sew the templates into pairs, pressing seams in alternate directions so that they nest when you sew the block together.
- Sew the block together and press the seam open.
- Quilt block should measure 10 1/2″ x 10 1/2″.
When you sew long seams like joining the two halves in this block, it’s useful to use pins or Wonder clips like I do to help keep it all together. Although, sometimes, it doesn’t work perfectly… Oops!
Block 8 will be out on August 1st (AEST), and this block will no longer then be available for free. Make sure to download it now so that you don’t miss out! You can also sign up for my newsletter so that you don’t miss out on future block announcements.
SHARE YOUR BLOCKS
Looking for how to show off your masterpieces? If you’re on Instagram, use #milkywaysampler and feel free to tag me too – @blossomheartquilts! There’s also a fabulous community happening in the BHQ Facebook group where many people are sewing along to this QAL too.
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