Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Firework Festive

In honor of the 4th of July, I came up with a fireworks block.  


I used paper piecing to make each of the stars.  This was my first attempt at paper piecing and I have to say, I loved it!  It really helps everything line up neatly.  My only problem with it is that it uses more fabric.  I am a little neurotic when it comes to wasting fabric. It makes me cringe.



The background is Robert Kaufman Kona cotton in charcoal.  The stripe fabric is from Robert Kaufman's Pimatex Basics collection in red stripe.



The quilt in this picture is one that I am hand quilting for my husband.  I have been working on this quilt a long time.  I probably pieced it about 8 years ago and let me tell you, it took a long time to piece with all the stars and points involved.  It is large enough to fit a queen size bed.  I will give you more details in a future post.


The background in this block is Robert Kaufman Kona cotton in white and the other fabric is a vintage unknown.  I absolutely love it, but I haven't a clue as to the name.




I really enjoyed making this one with scrappy stars in bright colors.  I also love this stripe because it is so bright and cheery.  I can't get enough of the Pimatex Basics line.



Which one do you like best?  Please vote for your favorite.  I am really curious to see which one is the most popular.


Which Block Do You Prefer?

  
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Have a great day and a Happy 4th of July!
Candace

23 comments:

  1. Hello! Your paper piecing stars are so beatiful!

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  2. These are beautiful! I love how the red stars seem to merge with the white background and create a sense of movement.

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  3. Hi! Awesome blocks! I agree with you about paper piecing! I also hate wasting so much fabric.

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  4. So now that you have done it so successfully... yes I voted but I truly love the ALL... can you do a tute? Would love to learn paper piecing from you and make those sharp corners! Love the layout you chose for them all and the fabrics are so appealing! Thanks for posting this! Kathi

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    1. Thank you very much! I enjoyed making them, but it did take me awhile with all those points. Sure I would love to do a tutorial, but it will probably be a couple of weeks before I can get to it. I will add it to my list. Would you like a tutorial for a block similar to this or something more simple?

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  5. Your blocks are so adorable!!! Great job!!!

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  6. These are all so fun! I love paper piecing too! I actually don't mind the fabric waste because I see it as a trade off. Perfection for a bit of extra fabric.

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    1. I agree, I just cringe when I am trimming the extra fabric off. I do love that you don't have to cut the fabric to the exact size needed and it makes it much easier to get precise piecing.

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  7. Thank you for all of your compliments!

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  8. The red stars in the middle block really look like fireworks to me...love them all though. Great block!!

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  9. Your blocks are so cheerful and pretty! And I love the quilt you're making for your hubby. Great job! :)

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  10. Well I love all the blocks, but I did vote for a favorite - the one with the charcoal background. I love the way you photographed these, too...very pretty! The on-line poll is a neat little widget - fun stuff! Are you going to put all the blocks into a quilt?

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  11. Hi, I'm your newest follower. I'm over from Sew Many Way. Your Firework blocks are beautiful. Just voted for the Charcoal one.

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  12. Wow! Very beautiful - you are talented. Visiting from Fabulous Friday link up :)

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  13. Knockout job!! Those blocks are so amazing!! Love your beach theme blog pic too:)

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  14. Hey I assume this is machine paper piecing? How did you learn? Looks great!

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    1. Yes. I saw the technique demonstrated on a quilting TV show one day. After that, I stumbled across it on various blogs. I came up with the pattern and then tried to decide what would be the best way to piece it. So I thought I would give paper piecing a try!

      Thanks!
      Candace

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  15. This is quite a talent!! All of your blocks are just beautiful! Thanks for joining us for "Strut Your Stuff Saturday". We loved having you and hope you'll be back soon! -The Sisters

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  16. Great project! Your points are sooo precise. I'd like to vote for my favourite but I just can't decide. They're all great! Thanks so much for sharing at Etcetorize this week!

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  17. The blocks are all lovely but I am especially drawn to the grey (first) one for some reason. The quilt in progress in the basket is great (and hand quilted too wow!) I'm now following.

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