Week 3 - Bronte's Stars Quilt Sew Along

Mar 3, 2021 - 1:11pm

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Welcome to Week 3 of the Bronte's Stars Sew Along. I hope you guys are cut out and ready to start sewing.

Bronte's Stars Quilt by Emma Jean Jansen


Don’t forget to post a pic of your cut fabrics on IG and be sure to the use the #brontesstarssal and #brontesstarsquilt hashtags to make it easier for others to find your photos.
Check out these fabulous quilts that are coming together. Aren't the colours inspiring!

  Bronte's Stars by Emma Jean Jansen
 Bronte's Stars Quilt Pattern by Emma Jean Jansen  Bronte's Stars Quilt Pattern by Emma Jean Jansen

Bronte's Stars Quilt Pattern by Emma Jean Jansen  Bronte's Stars Quilt Pattern by Emma Jean Jansen 
Bronte's Stars Quilt Pattern by Emma Jean Jansen  Bronte's Stars Quilt Pattern by Emma Jean Jansen


This week we are going to be making blocks.

There are 3 weeks of piecing blocks to allow people who are making the larger sized quilts time to finish their blocks. To work out how many you need to piece each week just divide your total number of blocks by 3. Simple.

A quick note on pressing your blocks!
Some of you will decide to press your seams open, others will press to the side.
Obviously, you should find what works best for you!

If you press to the side though, like me, you can follow the steps on pages 4, 5 and 6 of the pattern. The arrows indicate which way to press which allows all the seams to nest nicely together.
To be honest though, it’s not the end of the world if you have to flip the seam as you’re sewing the blocks together to get them to nest!

Please note if you are using woven fabrics or fabrics that a slightly more open weave you might like to starch your fabric pieces before you piece. I also like to spray the block once completed to help it sit flat. I use Best Press or Flatter.

Follow the steps below to piece one block.
I like to piece the corner blocks first and then the centre block.
I also like to trim the little triangles off as I go, I think it makes it easier to piece and helps the seam press flatter.

Bronte's Stars  Bronte's Stars

Bronte's Stars  Bronte's Stars

I like to leave my pins in when I piece and my preferred pin is a Clover Patchwork Pins - Fine with glass heads. If you sew over them they just bend which is great for your machine.

 Bronte's Stars
Bronte's Stars  Bronte's Stars
Bronte's Stars  Bronte's Stars

As you can see, I like to make each element of the block first and then piece it together.

Bronte's Stars  Bronte's Stars
Bronte's Stars  Bronte's Stars

Now all the elements are complete it's time to do the final two seams. Be careful with the edges as many are on the bias and they can stretch easily.
I like to use a number of pins where the seams match to keep the seams aligned.

Bronte's Stars  Bronte's Stars
 Bronte's Stars


This week's winner is @craftfidget
Congratulations and I hope you enjoy your patterns. I'm looking foward to seeing your gorgeous fabric selection made up into a quilt!

Bronte's Stars

Next week we will be making more blocks and I'll share my tips on chain piecing.

How good are sew alongs, and what did we do before them? It's such a fun way to sew and share because if your family is anything like mine, you don't get the excited feedback from them like you do from this group! Yay for our own personal cheers squads. I also love scrolling through the hashtags, #brontesstarssal & #brontesstarsquilt and looking at all the wonderful quilts that are getting made. It brings a little sunshine into my day.

In the meantime, I do hope you’re enjoying the sew along and the community of fellow quilters that you see on IG and over on Facebook.

I really do love seeing all of your quilts come to life!

See you next week.

Emma x

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