Oriental Star, practicing hand piecing


After some disappointing stitching in my last hand pieced block, I decided I need the practice! This is a 6″ Oriental Star by Nancy Cabot using fabric scraps. There’s a little Tula Pink’s Parisville! πŸ˜€

My work is so much better this time around. I was more deliberate about tracing template edge and sewing on lines. Also used two strands of cotton thread instead of 50# Aurifil. The cotton tangled a bit. I’m wondering how 40# weight Aurifil Mako double stranded would work. The tutorials I’m finding for hand piecing don’t talk about single or double strands. Not sure what everyone is doing there.

Any suggestions?

4 thoughts on “Oriental Star, practicing hand piecing

    1. Beth, I’ve also been a chicken when it comes to hand piecing. I love Jen Kingswell’s (Amitie Textile) quilt patterns and recently bought into her latest BOM. So many of hers are curves and are going to need to be hand pieced. So I’ve forced myself to learn a new skill. πŸ™‚

  1. I’ve had problems with thread for hand piecing too–i was using hand quilting thread and had huge gaps between pieces. My mother told me that I should use a thinner thread, single strand. I haven’t tried it yet because I think I’ve figured out how to paper piece my Skillbuilder block instead of EPP. I love your star block -very pretty.

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