Twinkle, twinkle, I finished my stars!

I just finished my last four stars this morning for a total of 20!

Y-Seam 8-point star block

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There are many more experiments I want to attempt with this technique but for now, I need to sash these with wide 4″ strips and am planning to hand quilt like my Grandmother did. I made 4 of each blue, green orange, pink and purple, mostly with Denyse Schmidt fabrics. I’m going to back this with flannel, a small blue houndstooth pattern. I wasn’t able to find a blue rose flannel print like the original.

After I finish this project, I have a number of quilt tops waiting to be quilted before I start anything new!!

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More Stars

If you’re sick of stars, look away. I, however, am still in love and obsessed with making them.

DS Y-Seam Stars

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I’ve completed 11 stars and need to make 9 more. I’m using  Kona maise as the background, a soft buttery yellow similar to my Grandmother’s original quilt.

Have a great weekend!

I found my bliss!

Chicopee Star

Orange Chicopee Star

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What could be better than y-seam stars made with Denyse Schmidt’s Chicopee?! I had to refresh my memory on how to make these, the monotony of 4-patch blocks put my brain to sleep. A reader asked me how I pressed the back seams, I hope these photos are self explanatory. I clip the center seam to split it. Click on any photo for a larger view.

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I don’t know which is my favorite, the first purple or the orange?? The dog’s bath will have to wait till later. 😀

What are you working on this week?

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More y-seam stars

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I don’t know about you but I get a huge thrill when everything lines up perfectly or closer than you’ve ever been before. I wanted to show you my stars before I trued them up. I don’t think I’ve ever had blocks turn out like this before, less than 1/4″ fabric to trim. And you know, when you can achieve results you’re pleased with, you want to repeat them because they’re so gratifying! (Click any image to enlarge then click again to magnify.)

Sharon Schamber has really lit a fire under me, to strive for accuracy as best I can and I have to thank her for her YouTube tutorials! Some techniques I feel have really helped me are:

1) Starch, starch, starch! Starch your fabrics before you cut, starch them twice! It prevents your fabric from stretching and becoming distorted and makes a HUGE difference! Spray your starch on your fabric then turn it over and iron, this prevents those pesky white flakes from littering your fabric. It also helps after you stitch your seams, fabric behaves better and you don’t need more (starch) after your initial pressing.

2) Take your time and cut accurately! I wish I could go back in time and recreate some of my quilts, to improve upon them. Alas some of that fabric is no longer readily available (sob).

3) Lock your seams by a stitch or two. The traditional quilter’s rule is to not backstitch but I found my seams would come undone, I started backstitching awhile ago to prevent this and it really helps.

4) Last but not least, especially when you’re cutting triangles & diamonds, cut your fabric parallel to the bias it gives your pieces more stability.

6) Once finished your block, take the time to give it an overall press with a wet pressing cloth and, of course, more starch. 😀

Here is the video tutorial of Sharon Schamber’s y-seam 8-point stars if you’d like to give it a try. If you do try it, let me know what your results were!

Oh my stars!

Y-Seam inset stars

I’ve been watching a lot of Sharon Schamber on YouTube lately, she has a tutorial for y-seam 8-point inset stars, I thought I might use it to create my “Modern Mable” quilt. I have a few prints by Joanna Figueroa which I thought would be beautiful for this quilt, traditional but modern which is what I’m striving for. Sharon is very accurate, uses a lot of starch, a hard ironing surface and a dry iron. As you can see by my results, her methods work! My finished squares needed very little trimming and I think the more I make, the better I’ll get.

I know these stars aren’t what the “in crowd” are into at the moment but I’ve only been quilting for a year and feel that learning traditional techniques are invaluable.

What are you up to this week?

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