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Tanabata Origami Quilt Block


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While working on a paper origami project not long ago, I decided to test it out on fabric. After making several folded squares, I realized they reminded me somewhat of the "foursie" units one has to stitch together for cathedral windows. Naturally, this made me wonder what my square would look like if I tucked a patch of fabric inside the folds. Hmmm...rather pretty. Even prettier, though, was the three-dimensional etched and embossed star pattern that emerged in the center when I sewed four of the squares together. Voila! The Tanabata block was born. This pattern is a "primer," designed to teach you the process of folding the block. You will learn how to make two different block variations -- the Altair and the Vega design -- and will then be shown how to sew four completed blocks into a lovely 19x19-inch candle mat for your dining table. (You can also use the Tanabata block for all kinds of other fiber arts projects: pillows, wall hangings, purses, pockets, applique, and more.) Visit our website for plenty of samples and tips. This pattern is 16 pages, and is designed to be printed on 8.5x11-inch paper on landscape (sideways) setting. The pattern also includes links to our video tutorials on YouTube. CONTACT INFO: Please contact me at if you have any questions. I'm in the process of rebuilding my website and some of the links aren't in place yet. Thanks! SIZING / FINISHED MEASUREMENTS Includes directions for making 9.5-inch blocks, and a 19x19-inch candle mat

Recommended with this pattern

  • Standard quilting tools (rotary cutter, cutting mat, clear gridded ruler)
  • Steam iron, straight pins, safety pins
  • Basting glue stick or pencil

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Every now and then, the designer muse hits and I create a pattern which captures a technique I have developed or modified. Usually, some form of folding or fabric manipulation is involved, creating interesting dimensional effects. I'm a stickler for detail and clarity and strive to make my instructions easy and precise so you'll have fun and great results. All my patterns display nicely on a tablet or other digital device. I hope you take time to check them out and give them a spin. I'm always eager to receive feedback at Cheers!