|Spinning Stars quilt by: Anna Marie Horner|
The pattern is great but I despise cutting out fabric with templates. I designed a foundation paper piecing template instead. The original pattern makes an 18" block. Mine will make a smaller 15.5" block (you can't fit a foundation paper piecing template for the larger block on 8.5 x 11" printer paper).
Here is my template:
Spinning stars paper piecing template
You need to print out 4 copies for one completed block.
Here is a good tutorial for foundation paper piecing if you are new to it. I also talk about it here in my honeycomb block tutorial.
Verykerybery has also come up with a template that will make a 12 inch completed block. It contains instructions for how to enlarge it to make the full sized block.
I gave it a test run with some fugly fabric from my stash:
You know the template is good when it makes even icky fabrics look somewhat OK
Here is what the back should look like. I removed the paper on the seam and will remove the rest of the paper once I finish a completed block.
Now to try it out with the fabrics I intended for the quilt. Warning: some fabric selections subject to change in the final product ;)