Created by: Essem Sween

Starry, Starry Night...

You Can Make This

Essem Sween made Starry, Starry Night... with:

Craftsy Block of the Month 2012

Online Class

Craftsy Block of the Month 2012

with Amy Gibson

  • 100% Cotton and John Louden Batiks

Q&A with Essem Sween

faithymay asked:
Wow! This is gorgeous, I would love to be able to make something like that!
Essem Sween answered:
Thank you so much for your comment faith, I really appreciate you taking the time, especially as I'm only just learning how to do this patchwork and quilting thing. This was a Foundation Paper Pieced 'Laced Star' pattern that I got from an free on-line site. I think it was Quilter's Cache (if you fancy having a go yourself).
Patt H asked:
Oh my goodness !! This is a beautiful block !! I like the colors.! I REALLY, LIKE IT!! Was it hard or mind boggling?
Essem Sween answered:
Thank you Patt, I'm not sure which one you loved, the mish-mash or the more monochrome. The most difficult bit for me, was deciding on the colour scheme, then working out a way to make sure I put the right 'tops' with the 'bottoms' in the end I went with the old fashioned coloured pencil method and assigned each fabric a different colour, then coloured in the relevant space on the paper pattern, so I could always check back to my list to make sure I was sewing the right bit in place. It looks so complex but essentially you cut one whole triangle out of each fabric and then cut it in two, the only way to go wrong is to butt the wrong top and bottom together. I learned how to do paper piecing in the 2012 BOM course, now I really love it, I Thank you for taking the time to comment though, it's much appreciated.
Riverside75 asked:
Looks great - well done! I love the green/blue colour way. I am learning quilting with this BOM as well. Might try out this block coz it looks fab. From a London based learner x
Essem Sween answered:
Thanks for your comment Riverside, I hope you do have a go it's really, really satisfying when it goes right, and when it doesn't? let's call it a learning experience and smooth right on. Just a quick FYI - if you are printing anything from an American site (like quilter's cache, or even Craftsy) on a UK printer (like me) print it out at 105% and you'll get the nearest possible proper measurements, took some trial and error with the help of Epson to get that number, but it works.