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::: About the Design :::
Last year, I got bitten by the curved piecing bug, and with the Cathedral Star block I am giving you lots of great options and tips to piece beautiful curves. I’ve packed a lot of information into the Cathedral Star Block PDF, so before you purchase the PDF and get started, here are details about all the options you will find in the PDF.
Templates and Template Preparation
I work with acrylic templates when I am piecing curves, but I know that not all templates are the same and not everyone has templates. When cutting the concave and convex shapes, you may use templates included at the end of the PDF on page 27, standard 5ʺ finished / 5½ʺ unfinished Drunkard’s Path acrylic templates (I personally use templates from Jen Carlton-Bailly), or the Classic Curves ruler. The pattern illustrates using Drunkard’s Path acrylic templates (which match the printed templates on page 27) and the Classic Curves ruler. Note: If you have your own set of Drunkard’s Path acrylic templates, I recommend printing out the templates from page 27 and verifying that your templates match the concave and convex shapes suggested for the pattern.
When you print and cut out the templates from page 27, make sure that the scaling is set to 100% or Actual Size before you print. Measure the 1ʺ square on the template page with one of your quilting rulers to make sure that the templates are printed to the correct size. You may use the printed templates and a fabric marking device of your choice or using template material, trace the paper templates onto the material to create your own templates.
Piecing Options & Fabric Requirements
The Cathedral Star Block PDF offers two different piecing options for the Cathedral Star Block.
Option 1 is a traditional orange peel piecing method. Four orange peel blocks are made and then the blocks are sewn together to complete the block. If you opt for this method, you will want to focus on pages 2-11 in the Cathedral Star Block PDF.
Option 1 Fabric Requirements
- Background Fabric (4) 6¾ʺ squares
- Orange Peel Fabric (4) 5½ʺ squares
- Center Fabric (4) 5¾ʺ squares
Option 2 creates the Cathedral Star Block using only 5 curve seams! It is a perfect choice for featuring a fun print as the center fabric; because the center star is a single cut of fabric, the center fabric can really shine. If you opt for this method, you will want to focus on pages 12-27 in the Cathedral Star Block PDF.
Option 2 Fabric Requirements
- Background Fabric (1) 13½ʺ square
- Orange Peel Fabric (4) 5¾ʺ squares
- Center Fabric (1) 10½ʺ square
- I find a smaller 28mm rotary cutter ideal for cutting curves in combination with acrylic rulers. This is totally optional. A 45mm rotary cutter will also work very well.
- 6½ʺ square ruler or larger for Option 1
- 12½ʺ square ruler or larger and the fabric marking device of your choice (I used a pencil) for Option 2
::: Sizing / Finished Measurements :::
Block: 12″ x 12″ (12½” x 12½” unfinished)
Note: The mini quilt shown in the listing photos was made from the 4 sample blocks I used to create the pattern. This PDF does not include yardage suggestions for more than a single block.
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