Hey, everyone! Guess what? It’s the final block of our sew-along! I’m so excited, but I have a confession to make. I cheated. Yes, this final block uses appliqué. I know, this is supposed to be a piecing project, and it is!
If you’d like to eliminate the appliqué, this will be the easiest block of the entire series! However, the appliqué is very simple, and large, and only 2 pieces, so I would encourage you to give it a try. This would work perfectly with starch appliqué, if you like that method, or you could use a fusible appliqué product. These will all work. If you want to stretch and try some needle-turn appliqué, though, I encourage you to check out this post about the appliqué technique I use.
Without further ado, here is block 12, Union Star. I love the simplicity and hope you do, too. Here are the instructions: (As always, just a reminder, the finished block will be 9″, which is 9 1/2″ before finishing.)
Choose 4 fabrics, 1 gray, 1 background, 1 red for circle and 1 light for star.
Fabric 1 (gray)
2 squares, 5” x 5”
Fabric 2 (background)
2 squares, 5” x 5”
Fabric 3 (red)
circle (use template)
Fabric 4 (light)
star (use template)
1. Sew a gray 5” square to a background 5” square; press toward the gray. Repeat to make 2 units.
2. Sew the two units together, making a large 4-patch.
3. Using the circle and star templates, trace the appliqué shapes onto the dull side of freezer paper and cut out each template on the drawn line.
4. Press the freezer paper template shiny side down onto the right side of the red and light fabrics and trace. The traced line will be your stitching line. Cut out each appliqué shape, adding a scant 1/4” seam allowance around the marked line. Gently peel the freezer paper off the fabric.
5. Position the circle in the center of the 4-patch block and hand appliqué in place. From the back side of the block, carefully cut out the circle, leaving a 1/4” seam allowance. (This will eliminate having a “lump” under the center of your block.)
6. Position the star in the center of the circle and hand appliqué in place.
For accurate templates, download the pdf pattern, which also has all the instructions.
Hope you experiment with appliqué this month, and have fun with it! I had better get busy writing the finishing instructions, as that is the only thing left next month! See the materials list for a reminder of what you’ll need to finish.