caturn wrote:Just wondering why you have to use a paper backing. I have never heard of that.
I think its because the paper gives the pieces of the block some strength while you sew them together. The "rules" for hand-quilting seem to be a little different to the "rules" for machine quilting. Those squares in the corners of my block have sides only 3cm long... the diamonds are 6cm from point to point along the length... the triangles are 2.5cm point to base, and 5cm long the longest side. You can make bigger ones though! It is quite an intricate pattern (this one is called an Armish Star) and uses up scrappy pieces of material really well.