Welcome back to the Milky Way Sampler! If you’re new to this starry sampler quilt, 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 8 for the Milky Way Sampler is Polaris. AKA the North Star, something I actually had a conversation with my kids about last week. We can’t see it from Australia, and theoretically we could have seen it while living in Japan… except Tokyo’s lights don’t allow you to see many stars at all! So alas, this pink version will have to do for us.
Download this block for free during August from my Craftsy store.
What you’ll need
Polaris 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 5 1/2″ along the longest side.
- A5 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″.
This is one of the tricky blocks in regards to the incredible bulk of seam in the centre point. I personally use Flatter and press the seams open when sewing the blocks together. It helps a little, but I also just accept the fact that this is a bulky block (and avoid quilting over that centre point…). Leave your tips for bulky seams in the comments below!
Block 9 will be out on September 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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