Hey Everyone, welcome back to Technique Tuesday.
Last week I demonstrated how to cut diamonds from a strip of fabric using a regular 6 ½″ x 24″ ruler. This week I am going show you how to sew those diamonds together to create an eight pointed star.
Adding in the setting triangles and corner squares is a lot like sewing a mitred corner. I personally have never been a fan of mitred corners but I will give it a go. Rarely do I have mitred borders on a quilt or set in pieces.
Sewing the Star Together
Note: try not to manipulate the pieces too much as they have been cut on the bias and will stretch out of shape very easily.
1. Mark dots in a ¼″ from the corner on the wide angles of the diamonds, the right angle of the triangles and one corner of each square. This will help for sewing the pieces together in knowing where to start and stop with the stitching lines.
2. Sew the diamonds together in pairs – make 4. Sew from the inner point to the dot – make sure to stop at the dot which is a ¼″ in from the corner. Press seam in one direction.
3. Stitch two of the units together from step 2 in the same manner to make one side of the star. Stop a ¼″ from the end. Repeat with the other two pairs. Press the seam in the opposite direction as step 2.
4. Sew the two halves together from step 3. Press seam in either direction.
Adding the Set In Pieces
5. Sew setting triangles into star. Align the dot at the 90 degree corner of the triangle with the inner point of the star and corner of triangle with corner of star, pin together.
6. Sew from outside point into centre stopping at the dot. Do not press at this time.
7. Sew the other side of triangle to the star in the same manner. Pin so there is no slipping of pieces. Press both seams towards the star.
8. Repeat with remaining triangles.
9. Sew the squares to the corners of the stars in the same manner as the triangles. Press the seams towards the star.
One 12 inch eight pointed star finished.
All right after this little exercise my dislike of setting in pieces and mitred corners has been re-confirmed. I don’t think I will be making another one of these any time soon.
I always seem to get a pucker where the piece is set in. Does anyone have any tips on how to prevent this? If you do please share in the comments section.