………way back in August 2011 I rescued some quilting goodies from Trade Me. After a good period of time, in a dark place to mature the Blue and White Wedding Ring Star Blocks have come back into the spotlight. When I purchased the package there were twelve blocks and lots of spare fabric to finish a quilt.
The lady who put them up for sale said she was sick of making them. I’m not surprised. Each block has 48 pieces. Not a project for the faint hearted. When I bought the blocks back out I found I had lost a block. So I had a turn at completing a block. Fortunately she had included some unfinished pieces so one more block wasn’t too hard much of a challenge.
The pattern book (published in 1980) is very interesting to look at.
Created in a pre computer, pre rotary cutting time. I love the charming story about her artistic assistant.
I have never seen some of the blocks in this book. With the resurgence of interest in paper piecing I can see some of these blocks being made in modern bright colours.
This block I find particularly interesting as I can see that clever colour play could give an interesting effect.
If you are an English paper piecing fan and would like any of these patterns leave a message. I’m happy to scan and email a pattern to you.
Twelve blocks, not nearly enough to make a quilt, so after much deliberation I have decided to make “connector” blocks. The block I have chosen is Pennsylvania.
I think they look just right. The finished quilt will be four blocks by six. The next question is what to make for a border? Do you have any bright ideas? I have lots of lighter blue fabrics left but sadly the white is nearly all gone. I think the white fabric is bleached calico. It has a lovely soft texture. I don’t know if you can still get that.
Thanks for popping by. Please share your ideas with me.