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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!