Castle Wall is pieced per the directions on page 23 and templates on pages 106 & 107 .
Julia – Eclectic Electricity
Julia says: When choosing which fabrics will go where in your block, it can get confusing if they don’t match the picture! Try cutting a swatch of each of the fabrics you’re using and tape them in the book. Then, with a good pen, label each fabric by what it’s called in the book.
If your octagonal center is a directional fabric, make sure it’s facing the right way when you attach the first four squares or other pieces won’t go on right.
Go slow and take your time with this block. The Y-seams aren’t something to fear, if I can do it, anyone can. Make sure you mark seam allowance points and do not sew beyond them. Stop and re-position your fabric with each fresh seam. I learned that the sew and pivot method is not the way to go!
If you put a fresh blade in your rotary cutter and it still isn’t working well, make sure you don’t have 2 blades on it. It happens.
Jen – “Sparkler” Fat Stack, a beautiful blend of Purple, Blue and Green Kona Solids
Jen says: For this block I chose to English Paper Piece this block by hand. I love how relaxing English Paper Piecing is, and I know how stressed out I get about all these little Y-seams meeting up when I do a block that is this small by machine. I’d much prefer making this block by machine in a 12” size!
Whether you’re doing this block using English Paper Piecing or by Machine, you’ll need to create the templates from pages 106 & 107. Be extremely careful that your templates do not get too large. For the EPP method, I just traced them onto cardstock instead of paper. If English Paper Piecing is something you’d like to try and aren’t sure how to get started, stop into Patched Works for a quick demo.
Additional block by Lisa K.
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