On a recent trip to Harsens Island, my friend Brenda (from just-a-bit-frayed) got me completely hooked on English Paper Piecing. Now I can’t sit still without having a stack of hexies to work on. It is a fun (and addicting) way to hand piece hexagons (and other shapes) and you can use scraps! Brenda shows you how to set up your own English Paper Piecing kit here.
I fell in love with the rose star block while doing an image search on Google. Ah, how much time I can use up, but at least a project stemmed from this session. I found a great tutorial from summerfete that walked through how to cut the pieces to build the rose star.
I started with my original 1.5 inch hexagons for the first rose star. The second I did is the back of a baby quit I made for a friend and starts with a 3 inch hexagon at the center. Using a little geometry that I recalled from somewhere at the back of my brain, I drew the original hexy on card stock then cut the rest from there. Et, voila!