For the side triangles, you are
going to go back to using the Easy Eight ruler. I took the
remainder of the 3.5" strip that I used for the 1/2 square triangles
that go in the block corners...and using the 3" line on the ruler,
trimmed the strip down to size. Next, take the Companion Angle
and align the blunt tip of the ruler at the top of the strip. The
bottom edge of the strip will hang a bit below the line on the ruler.
This is okay. A very odd sized strip is used this way, but it willbe
exactly the right size to fit between the diamonds in the block. Cut 4
of these triangles per block.
The trick to Y seams is knowing when to start and end the
stitching. You need the seam allowances free in some instances so
that you can use the space to set the inset piece! You might find
it helpful to use a pencil to mark the 1/4" seam lines just where the
lines cross at the corners of the diamonds. It's hard to see on that
yellow piece in the left picture, but there is a pencil dot where my
stitching is to start and stop. And it is better to be one stitch
too short, than a stitch too long :c) On these I do sew all the way to
the point that forms the center of the star. I know some people don't,
but I do. Sew 4 pairs of diamonds this way, being sure to leave
the seam allowance free where the corners will be inset. When you end
your stitching. Stitch a couple of back tack stitches to secure the
seam. Do this each time you end within a seam allowance.
Finger press as shown, towards the far right diamond. On the 1/2
square triangle corner, you are going to want to mark 1/4" seam
markings in all 4 corners. Run a pin through the 1/4" marking on
the pieced diamond, right where the stitching ends. Have the same pin
point also go through the corresponding 1/4" marking in the corner of
the 1/2 square triangle corner square. The tip of the pieced
diamond should extend 1/4" past the top edge of the square. This is
okay...this is needed as your seam allowance there! Very
carefully sew from the edge of the square....just to right before where
the seams intersect. This is the second seam of your Y!
Turn the unit over and check to
see that your stitching didn't extend into the seam allowance.
Nope! It ended right where it should! Refold the unit so that you
can put the remaining diamond right sides together with the corner
square. Very carefully sew this seam so that you don't go past
the bottom seam allowance. Remember it is better to stop a stitch short
than have it go one too long....or you might get a pucker!
All four corners are set in just right! Lay them out in star
format and place the four side triangles where they belong. Stitch a
triangle to the right side of each unit. With this seam, you can sew
edge to edge, you don't need to worry about not sewing into the seam.
The next step is "almost" a repeat
of the first thing you did. You are going to match two sets
together, joining string pieced diamonds right sides together. This
time you will use the seam allowance you just sewed when adding the
side triangles as a guide as when to start and stop your stitching when
joining the diamonds. You want the stitching to stop at or just before
you reach the side diamond seam. Finger press the seam allowance out of
the way and also use that previous seam as a guide while stitching the
remaining side triangle seam to join the units into a block half.
Repeat the proceedure for the remaining pieces, so you now have two
At this point I like to stitch across the center of the star block,
matching points in the center. I can go all the way across the
middle of the star. Then it is just a matter of finishing the two
remaining seams on the side triangles! There! YOU DID IT!! This
quilt uses 9 blocks, but you can make as many as you want.
I know it is more work to do 8 pointed stars in this way, but the
effect is well worth the time it takes to do it. Remember, practice
makes perfect! (And it's a good thing these stars look great even
wonky..it hides lots of mistakes!)
Each block is sashed on two sides with a cornerstone four patch in the
Seam enough 2.5" wide lengths of
two contrasting fabrics together to be able to cut 18 10 3/4"
sashings from the strip sets! Depending on the length of your strips,
you could get 3 or 4 from each strip set. You also
need 18 four patch cornerstones sewn from 2.5" strips (the easy way) or
individually pieced from 2.5" squares. These plaid cornerstones were
actually the leftovers from my last star struck quilt!
Sew sashings on the right side and bottom edge of every block as shown,
placing a 4 patch block in the corner!
I arranged the blocks as shown
above, though you can arrange them differently if you wish! I
added a 1.5" cut (1"
finished) red inner border sewn from random lengths of 1.5"
strips! The pieced triangles were left over panels that my friend
Stephanie had given to me at quilt camp! She had pieced extra string
blocks, and I cut them into 3.5" strips..and then used the easy angle
ruler to cut them into triangles using the 4.5" markings on the ruler.
The background triangles were also cut from 4.5" strips with the easy
angle ruler! (Can you tell I love this ruler?!) I had to figure out
with math just what size to cut the remaining 4.5" wide pieces of
border. I'll leave that up to you since all our measurements are
going to be different depending on the finished size of your quilt
I quilted this quilt with all over
consecutive baptist fans! I love stringy quilts that are pieced
this way, and it seemed to be the perfect effect for this quilt!
Still got more little scraps?
How about something like THIS!?