Space Dust Quilt Along – Week Two – Row One

John and I are glad you joined us and are looking forward to the next weeks of the quilt along. We kick it off by giving you some background on the pattern and fabric.  We then moved onto some general information about the quilt along process. I’ve seen lots of posts from folks who have joined us that have laid out fabric placement, colorations, and some who have even moved into production!

While my goal is to give you something to work with on this blog post, I thought I’d also give you some links to some of my favorite paper piecing guides and tutorials. Carol Doak taught me everything I ever wanted to know about paper piecing (well, technically it was Florence Fong in a class using Carol’s book!) so she is first. Since each of us having different learning styles, I have given you some written and video stuff.

And as Tula and John have noted, feel free to print out some of the blocks and take some unwanted fabric (did I just type that?!!) and practice!

So without further ado, let’s get to Row One. I will be referring a lot to page 5 of the Spacedust Pattern. Tula Pink has laid out a wonderful assembly diagram. I kept this and the front cover handy as I was moving through the construction process.

You will need two (2) of the four (4) 7 ½ x 10 ½ rectangles you cut from the background fabric – those guidelines are on page 1. I cut all my background fabrics, labeled them and set them aside. You can do this now or just cut the needed rectangles. I leave that up to your preference! The two rectangles you need will be the first and last pieces of Row One, so set them aside or place them on your design wall if you have one.

You will be using templates A through F for this row. One of the great things about this pattern is that each template shows where you will use a color or background fabric. No guessing! And if you have developed a fabric key like that on page seven, you will be flying through this.  Remember throughout that the pattern piece should face up, the fabric faces right side down, and you will never miss a beat.

Row One
Row One along with my handy references











Looking at template A, you see that you need two background pieces and two color pieces. As shown on page 2 of the pattern you need to cut pieces large enough to cover the section. I cut my pieces larger than needed. And since you will be working with a lot of odd shapes and angles, remember that bigger is better – large rectangles or squares tend to work well. I tend to cut at least an inch larger than needed. Keep in mind that the fabric will be right side down when your paper foundation is right side up when you place, measure and cut!

You will always be sewing in numeric order. For template A, there are four pieces 1 – 4. Take your fabric, right side down, and place it so that it is covering shape 1 and extends at least a quarter inch all the way around. As you can see, I use pins to hold the fabric in place. You can also use a dab of a glue stick (lightly!) to anchor in place. I hold the foundation up to a light source to make sure it is extending over all the lines of the shape.

Pin pieces in place.
I use pins. Use a glue stick if that works better for you!









Once you have your fabric piece in place, take your fabric for section 2 and place it so it extends at least a quarter inch beyond the sewing line (the line between 1 and 2 where I have lots of pins in the picture above). You will trim this after you have sewn. Once your fabric is in place, sew along the line, making sure you start a few stitches before and after the shape’s edges.

Sew Along the line
Sew along the line, making sure to start and stop beyond the shape edges.













After you have sewn along the line, turn your foundation over. Fold the foundation back along the line you just sewed and trim any excess fabric (make sure you have completely folded the paper out of the way or you will cut the paper – trust me, it is easy to do!). Use one of your regular rulers or if you have e of those fancy add a quarter rulers those work really well too.

Fold the paper back and trim to 1/4 inch seam.













Now turn your piece over, right sides of fabric facing you, and fold the fabric back past the seam and press (careful that you are using a dry iron – your paper will get crinkly quickly).   For large pieces like you will encounter in this project, I find it helpful to pin the fabric in place. Continue to follow this same place, sew, and trim process for the remaining pieces. Once all your pieces are in place, trim the entire block which should measure 7 ½ x 10 ½.










And here you have the corner rectangle and your first completed block! Congratulations. You are on your way to a Row One finish.

The corner rectangle and your first completed block.  Hurray!
The corner rectangle and your first completed block. Hurray!













I promised you on Instagram that I would show you how to fussy cut/place items.  So here you go – this is my method, find what works for you.

I follow a process similar to generally placing the fabric – the trick is to line of the fabric so that when you fold it back into place it will be aligned properly.  It is really easy to fussy place the fabric when you are working on piece one of the template – anything marked one you just have to place the fabric and check for alignment.  It gets trickier when you are adding pieces that you want to have aligned.  I accomplish this by placing the fabric and then folding back the template along the lines where it will need to line up.












Once it is aligned, pin it in place, then sew onto the foundation along the next line you need to sew on.  This one (template C) was easy as it was for piece one of the template!













So now you are ready to go and finish up row one!  Just use the same process of placing fabric, sewing along the lines, trimming, and pressing for templates B through F. You will need another 7 ½ x 10 ½ rectangle for the end of the row.  These go together pretty quickly as the pieces are large.

Here is Row One (with a Row Two block – I was working out color logistics!). Only five more rows to go and you will have Space Dust!  Keep posting with #SDQAL and let @katarinarocella, @quiltersquare and @artgalleryfabrics see the great work you are doing.  If you have any questions or comments you can leave them here or e mail me at  I promise to reply!






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