The Splendid Sampler™: Block 87


The 87th block of The Splendid Sampler™ “Shining Star, by Jackie Kunkel, is a cute star featuring paper-piecing and not-straight seams (!). The paper-piecing was quite easy, the Y-seams required patience, but the trickiest part of putting the block together was the sewing of the complete units. I like to secure the stitches at the beginning and end of each seam while paper-piecing, but it results in an added bulk. The seams of the units were already bulky, so accurate pinning and matching points were really tricky.

That’s one of the main problems I find when piecing complex units with the paper-piecing method: it does provide accurate points, but the “exterior” seams of the units tend to end really bulky.

Link party, pattern and more info for this particular one are here


and this is how my blocks 1 to 85 look so far! I will rearrange the order of some of them, and there are some that need to be redone (not many, fortunately), but seeing them together allows for working on colour balance and gives the extra motivation to face the last part of this journey -well, besides of sashing, quilting… but that’s a whole different history, isn’t it?-.


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