Monday, March 4, 2013

machine-pieced Stars

Hello, friends!  I hope you had a great weekend!  I feel like it was exactly what I needed to truly "reset" from the rush of QuiltCon.  Today I'm stitching up a row of stars and then clearing the table to start something new and improv.  But, let's back up.

wish.

On the Wednesday when I was traveling to QuiltCon, I posted this wordless WIP.  Thank-you for your very sweet comments!  Some folks remember the English Paper Piecing templates I shared back in October for making six-pointed stars like these by hand.  My current project is a similar design, but it's machine-pieced instead.  Also, it nests the stars really close together!

Machine pieced Six-pointed Stars

See, I'm using triangles and diamonds to make triangle blocks.  Each point of the triangle is a piece of a six-pointed star.   To make yours, use a quilting ruler to cut 60 degree triangles and diamonds.  You can easily scale the stars bigger or smaller, based on how large you cut your pieces.  Something like the Fons and Porter Diamond Ruler works great!

making triangles

This design doesn't rely on any fancy seams.  You just sew the pieces together in sets of 3 with regular straight seams and then use one long seam to complete each triangle block. You do need triangle-sewing know-how to understand how to keep all the points tidy.   I'm very happy with how neatly it works!

potential?

This project actually began in December like so. I was working monochromatic triangle blocks that would yield scrappy stars. I made maybe 10 blocks and totally wasn't feeling the look.  Sometimes when things aren't clicking, it's tempting to completely scrap a good idea.

Scrappy stars

After a long time out I was able to pick it up again with the energy to rip blocks and sketch a color layout to create monochromatic stars (thanks, Heather!). Now this project is scratching my "machine-pieced stars" itch while also becoming scrap friendly, which was the original point after all. 

Today I'm over half-way done with this throw-sized quilt.  After completing my current row, I'm going to switch gears.  Time for some improv!

and Aria too

Look who's keeping me company!  Aria (8) is working on her first quilt that's not simple squares patchwork.  She's building squares around a silk scarf and using my practice FMQ sandwhich for her backing/batting.  And, no, she is not worried about the strength of the silk combined with her quilting cottons.  I told her... But, well, sometimes you have to try things yourself.  Of course, I love to see her getting creative!  I'll try to remember to update you on her conclusions if/when it's finished.

Happy Monday!

38 comments:

  1. I loooooooooooove your stars!!

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  2. That is already beautiful! You had said , "You do need triangle-sewing know-how to understand how to keep all the points tidy." Do you have any suggestions on where to learn/understand how to do this? The technique of getting your points/seams to behave in machine piecing is something I've not learned yet. I would love to try this pattern someday!

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    1. Well, this might help: http://www.stitchedincolor.com/2012/01/scrap-attack-triangles-quilt-tutorial.html. Scroll down to the piecing section that show show to overlap the edges of triangles so that you can always start sewing with two layers of fabric at the 1/4" seam line. When you are sewing triangles corners that have different angles, you must overlap them like this to make seam allowances. When you are sewing triangle corners that have the exact same angles you can match them up exactly and sew like normal. I hope that helps. I think I mostly learned by doing =)

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  3. You are brilliant. I love diamond stars, but was so intimidated by them. This looks so doable. Thanks for sharing!!!!

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  4. Love this Rachel! Clever piecing and pretty stars :)

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  5. This is beautiful! I just might have to do this sometime.

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  6. looks great, thank you for more inspiration.

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  7. thank's thank's i'm soooo gonna make a quilt like that! beautiful!

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  8. I love this pattern so thanks so much for a great tip how to work it out!

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    1. P.S. I don't have any triangle-sewing-know-how. But I'd love to try this. Any quick tips?

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  10. Oh, I love this! I'm putting it on my list of things to try someday!

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  11. me encantan los cubos fantastico,gracias

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  12. BEAUTIFUL!!! yep I'm yelling cause it's so beautiful!

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  13. Beautiful! I have your templates printed out from before - your project is stunning inspiration to get cutting!!!

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  14. At first I thought this was a tumbling blocks quilt. I love that the stars made a secondary pattern

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    1. Thanks, Nana! It's very satisfying piece work!

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  15. It looks simply wonderful and wish I had the nerve to try it.

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  16. Can I beg for a triangle piecing tutorial. I love what your doing but have no idea how to nest those triangle points.

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  17. I love the look of this, especially that picture of your work table, this will be such a stunning quilt, I'm glad you didn't scrap it :)

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  18. I can't get over how beautiful it is! I will have to try it soon probably will not make whole quilt but maybe just a table runner. Thank you for sharing with us! :)

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  19. Beautiful quilt, Rachel - I love the stars! It was so great to meet you at QuiltCon (did I tell you that already?) :)

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  20. It's really cool to see you can sew triangle pieces like that by machine-piecing! (I thought you did it by english paper-piecing at first because it looks so neat!) Love the colors!

    Oh and how lovely to see your quilt project next to your girl's!

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  21. I love this! Quick and easy way to make a seven sisters quilt too!

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  22. How cool! I love this idea of the triangles/diamonds making the stars. Much less work than having to set in seams. Good for Aria! I hope she is having fun.

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  23. Totally loving your stars ~ what a great way to make them. I do love EPP but machine sewing them is such a more 'let's get it done' way to do it!
    It's great to see little girls interested in sewing. That's when I learned and started sewing my own clothes (hard to believe that I was just 8, especially when I meet an 8 year old).

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    1. Wow, sewing your own clothes at 8! That is so impressive and exciting too. It's amazing how much an 8 year old can do. I think 8 is a truly wonderful age!

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  24. I LOVE this!! Went ahead and mapped out two quilt tops in two sizes now to shop my stash and scrap bin and get started!

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  25. LOVING that these are machine pieced! Absolutely on my must try list!

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  26. In your 5th photo, it looks like maybe a sewing machine cover in the top left corner.... :). Would love a tutorial on that, more pictures to really see it well. I'm planning to make one, just haven't decided on how I really want it to look yet. Thanks

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  27. I love it! It is gorgeous Rachel and you make it look so easy. I've always feared triangles. I must try your method.
    How lovely your daughter is working on her own project by your side,

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  28. These stars are SO pretty! I look forward to seeing them all together in a finished quilt! My 8 year old is working on little patchwork variation right now as well, I totally agree about letting them learn the hard way sometimes. It's so great that they are taking the initiative and being creative.... certainly don't want to ruin it with too many "rules".

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  29. that quilt is sooooooo yummy! My eyes get so happy just looking at it! Would love to make one - by machine or EPP. Thanks for sharing!

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  30. Love this! I've been working on EPP stars and they are taking forever so I'm very tempted to give this a go.

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  31. You are so good to be a young girl! This quilt is absolutely beautiful. Thank you for shaing.

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