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! ūüėÄ

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?

Simply Solids Bee – Duck Creek Puzzle

Erin, at Sew at Home Mummy, started a Simply Solids bee for the year. ¬†I’ve signed up for February and have chosen my block. ¬† I typically don’t work with blocks that require templates and this one does. ¬†Hopefully I won’t have everyone up in arms the first month up!


This block is called Duck Creek Puzzle and I found it in BlockBase, a¬†¬†CD-ROM Version of Barbara Brackman’s¬†Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns. ¬†I will be asking the bee group to stash bust and make this up in 4 colors…preferable 3 colors and a neutral. ¬†I think this could be a fun quilt in a multi color version.

When making the center block, I started the seam connecting the middle square to the triangle where the right angles meet, and stopped the seam about an inch from the end of the square.  I attached each triangle to the center square in this way.  On the last triangle, you can now continue the seam which attaches the triangle ends together.  Work around this section and connect all triangle ends to complete your center block section.

DuckCreekPuzzle CtrBlock


Once that center block is constructed, you will want to pair the outside triangles (C and B) and connect a pair of triangle sets to “A”.

Sew an “A” to each side of the center block. ¬†You should now have three ‘rows’. ¬†(see photo top right below). ¬†Match the seam points and sew to complete blocks. ¬†Finished blocks are approximately 12.5″. ¬†One of my blocks was just under 12.5″ and one was right at 12.5. ¬†But they’re close enough to match for the quilt top.

And here are a couple finished blocks…

DuckCreekPuzzle Collage

And now to submit to Bee Momma and see what my group thinks.

Edited 1/10/13:  Great history, description and photos of this block here.  Can anyone tell me copyright rules on a block like this?  It was originally printed by Nancy Cabot in July 17, 1937.  Am I able to post a pdf of the templates without infringing on copyrights??

(update July 13, 2013…Block diagram and templates are posted on Template page.)