“October Sky” – Pattern Testing for Esther from Ipatchandquilt

Last week I tested a wonderful foundation paper piecing pattern for Esther from ipatchandquilt. I was impressed – the pattern is so detailed, with different options to make the block centre and different block sizes. In addition the pattern comes with different colouring suggestions and colouring sheets to find your personal block design. I enjoyed the testing so much… and so I loved what came out. Thank you Esther!

Beside some colouring suggestions Esther gave wonderful colouring pages with the pattern to find the best design.

Beside some colouring suggestions Esther gave wonderful colouring pages with the pattern to find the best design.

My colour palette - first design with a green cat in the centre.

My colour palette – first design with a green cat in the centre.

First I thought about a green cat in the middle.

First I thought about a green cat in the middle.

My fabric choice - I decided to add one more block in turquoise/green/orange/white to my F2F blocks.

My fabric choice – I decided to add one more block in turquoise/green/orange/white to my F2F blocks – and I decided to take an orange cat for the centre part.

First I sewed the centre:

It was very easy to prepare the different pieces/strips for the four parts.

It was very easy to prepare the different pieces/strips for the four parts.

I loved that it was possible to chainpiece the parts around the centre block.

I loved that it was possible to chainpiece the parts around the centre block.

joining the different parts

Joining the different parts.

all the peeled off paper pieces...

all the peeled off paper pieces…

Finished block - back side.

Finished block – back side.

And here it is… my version of “Oktober Sky”:

Finished block... I love the result.

Finished block… I love the result.

I’m curious to see what the other testers came up with!

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21 comments

  1. What a lovely blog post Annett!!!
    I really like seeing the whole process of the creation of a block. I really adore the minty colors and that cat… he / she is really funny!
    Thank you for testing my design!!!
    Hugs
    Esther

    1. Thank you Avis!!! I first planned sewing a block in your F2F colours with that pattern… but I wasn’t sure Kate or Esther would take it.

  2. This looks wonderful Annett – the cat in the centre is a nice touch. Was it very difficult to do? I didn’t offer to test because I was a bit scared of the process but I’m so impressed by the design I would like to give it a try. Esther is a clever lady isn’t she? Of course, I love the colours 😉

    1. I am not an expert in paperpiecing. It was a very detailed beginner friendly pattern – especially I loved that it was possible to prepare the fabrics so easy (all the strips of the same width you work with). And yes … I really love Esther’s works!

  3. Oh, yes! I love it, too. That’s a wonderful fussy cut center. This kind of paper piecing I can do. It’s a lot like my pineapple block paper piecing. Thanks for sharing that. I will have to get that pattern!

    1. The pattern comes really detailed with different center suggestions (courthouse steps or economy block). And Esther gave some helpful tips concerning the paper piecing.

    1. … I am not an expert, only tried paperpiecing several times before. The sewing on the papers is easy… more difficult seems the joinings of the parts at the end – I am always afraid the seams wouldn’t match… but if – after all blocks are joined and quilting is done who will notice a few millimeters… Braving the gap!

  4. I made mine scrappy, you’ll see it on 15th November when I do the ScrapHappy post! I do love your waving cat in the middle, he makes the block fun! I like how it’s possible to make secondary patterns by following a line through the block. It was a fun one to make, wasn’t it? And the papers came out pretty easily, nothing tiny stuck in difficult corners.

    1. I really loved sewing that block. It wasn’t as difficult I expected it would. I really loved all the strips you can use for it – that was so time saving! And yes, I guess there are endless design options in it – I ended up with another version I sketched first. That was not intended … but even that looks great!

      1. Yes, the strips being the same width really helped. I’m thinking about one where the colour graduates from dark to light, or vice versa, or from one colour to another from left to right. Lots of opportunity to play!

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