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Thread: Candlequilter Star Block

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    This is my very first time posting a tute so please be patient with me. Yesterday a picture of a beautiful old quilt has posted on the board and it had a very unique block. After researching it for many hours I never did come up with that block. So I have re-created a block from looking at the one posted. I am calling my version "Candlequilter Star" until I find out differently. I am also dedicating it to anyone and everyone who has ever used candle light to quilt by. Where would we be today if all those before us had never quilted by candlelight. Probably still in the dark about quilting.

    This version is the quick and easy applique technique. I will be working on the paper pieced application, but that will take me a little longer.

    Candlequilter Star
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    I am making a 15" block. So I like to start off with a square background fabric. I have cut a 16" square to use and I can always trim it down when I am finished. I just prefer to do this as it gives me a little wiggle room if I need it. I press my 16" square in half and then in half again. Then I lay it out and fold it into a triangle and press again repeating twice.

    My square pressed so that I have 8 lines to work with.
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    Then I am going to use 3 fabrics to make my star. My first fabric will actually be the biggest of the 3 stars. I am going to cut one strip 3" the width of the fabric. One fat quarter would also work for this.
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    The second fabric that I am using will be the middle star and I am going to cut a 2 1/4" strip for this. Again I am using the WOF but you can use shorter strips if you like.
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    The third fabric that I am using in my Candlequilter Star will be for the smallest or the center star. I only need a 1-1/4" strip of this fabric and a 22" length is more than enough.
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    At this point I like to cut my fusible webbing that I will be using. I am using the Wonder Under on this block. I cut 2 strips of each of the 3 measurements that I made earlier (3", 2-1/4", and the 1 -1/4") the whole length of the roll of Wonder Under. The roll is only 17" long so it is easy to work with.
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    After I have cut my fusible web then I take my fabric strips over to the ironing board and with the wrong side of my fabric facing up I iron my cut strips of fusible onto the fabric.
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    I normally press all my strips and then start cutting my pieces. I am going to start by cutting the very end of my strips with a 45 degree angle on them. Then I turn the strip and line it up with the length of point I want to make. In this case the first one would be 3". So I am actually making 3" diamonds at 45 degree angle.

    Cutting end of strip with a 45 degree angle
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    Turned the strip and now lining up the 3" length and the 45 degree line to cut my diamond.
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    Continue cutting until you have 8 diamonds
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    Then I cut my second strip. The 2 -1/4" strip and follow the same steps. Cut the end at a 45 degree angle first then turn the strip and line up the fabric with the 2 -1/4 line and the 45 degree angle to cut these 8 diamonds.
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    My last strip to cut into diamonds is the 1 1-/4" strip and I am going to do the same thing. Cut the end at a 45 degree angle turn the fabric around and line up the cut end with the 1 -1/4 line and the 45 degree line.

    Making 1-1/4" diamond with 45 degree angle
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