Thursday, August 7, 2014

Starbright quilt for ::Angled::

One thing that keeps me quilting is the sweet sense of discovery.  There are endless ways to arrange shapes, to construct stars, to organize color.  And although I assume that everything really has been done before, there's plenty that is new and fresh to my eyes, heaps of delightful designs to uncover and enjoy. 

wish.

Once upon a time I sketched up a design that yielded closely nested, 6-pointed stars created entirely by machine with regular straight lines.  Pitter pat went my heart.   6-pointed stars are usually English Paper Pieced, a handstitched process.  Sometimes I do like to hand sew, but other times I want to see a project come together much, much faster.

When I finally worked out a color story that suited my scraps, I sewed up two rows and shared the above photo to my Flickr stream.   The response was pretty darn encouraging.  It seems you all are as excited as I to sew up some machine pieced, 6-pointed stars.

I wish I may, I wish I might

The good news?  In Angled class I'll show you how!

In the third week of Angled we'll be cementing skills for properly sewing together any angle. It doesn't matter if the angle is a diamond, a triangle, an irregular shape, tiny, huge, whatever.  Once you understand what to look for, you can sew any angle in such a way to create a 1/4" seam allowance that protects your points.   Really, you can!

bound with Chicopee Circle Cross


My Starbright quilt is formed from a triangle-shaped quilt block.  Each triangle Starbright block is composed of 3 diamonds and 3 triangles.  As you become comfortable sewing these compound angle blocks, you'll realize that you have angles mastered. This is all straight seam sewing - no partial or y-seams.  You can do this!  Lots of step-by-step photos are provided to hold your hand all the way through.

scrappy Starbright Quilt

Starbright is definitely a scrap-friendly quilt.  You can plan out your stars to be monochromatic, as I've done here, or just let them be scrappy colors that twinkle with random happiness.  Make yours as large or small as you like!

Indian Blanket for ::Angled:: class

With the addition of Starbright I've now shared 3 out of the 5 full-sized quilts included in Angled online class this fall.  The first one was Indian Blanket, playing on the equilateral triangle, and the second was Emerge, from diamonds.  The following 2 quilt designs include classic angled quilt blocks:  flying geese and half square triangles.  Stay tuned to see more!

p.s.  Looking for more details?  See the introductory Angled post here.  Registration opens August 18th!


19 comments:

  1. Rachel, I can't tell you how excited I am about this class!! I have wanted to do a 1/2 sq triangle quilt for a while and everything you've shown so far is fantastic! The way you have also worked in how to use the scraps is a wonderful addition! Sign me up now!!!! Lily.

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    1. Yay, so glad to hear it, Lily! I've been thinking/planning for this class for some time. I think it's going to be a great class for quilters!

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  2. I am super excited for this class :-) The sneak peeks just get better and better!

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  3. Such a smart design. Genius way to avoid paper piecing and y seams. Love the scrappy look too. Gorgeous!

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  4. I had to look at this one for a LONG time to figure out how on earth it didn't involve partial seams. Very Cool. I think Emerge will be first on my list, quickly followed by this one. Can't wait to sign up!

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  5. Sign. Me. Up. I cannot wait for this class!

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  6. Love this quilt. Very excited about the class.

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  7. You last class on color was so well organized and the e book was fabulous. My only regret is life got in the way of keeping up with the projects. Seriously thinking about taking the next class as I need to expand my skills. Thank you for taking the time to put this together.

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words about Color Intensive! If you join us for this one, I think you'll be glad you did =)

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  8. Hi Rachel,

    Will you be sharing cutting instructions for all the quilts at the beginning of the class? I'm thinking I'd like to sign up, but as you suggested I only want to make a couple of the larger quilts. Since I may not want to make a couple of the first quilts, it would be excellent to have cutting instructions for the later quilts so I could work on that while I'm waiting for the piecing instructions. Otherwise I worry that I would have too much "down time" during some weeks and WAY too much to do during other weeks.

    I'd really like to make this quilt, and would love if I can start sorting scraps/cutting immediately when the class begins.

    Thanks,
    Jeana

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    1. Hmm... that's an interesting suggestion. Thanks for putting this out here. I wouldn't normally start with so many instructions going up at once, but I wonder if there's a way I could do that without it becoming overwhelming. I'll think maybe so! Thanks again for the suggestion.

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  9. Ok, I'm pretty sure my unborn child *needs* this quilt. :) Ready to sign up for sure!

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  10. All of these are fantastic, waiting impatiently for signups! I sorted my fabrics last night, and somehow I have a whole box of yellows, so wouldn't this look fabulous in yellow, with orange and pink accents?

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    1. Oh, yes it would! I always love those citrus-y colors together. Writing about Starbright made me remember just how much I enjoyed making this quilt. I think I'm going to make another in a limited color scheme with my Love circle bee mates!

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  11. Can I sign up and pay for this class to access the materials retroactively? I've been looking for a tutorial like this, seriously, for years. I have probably 500 diamonds cut out for what was going to be a 6 pointed star quilt, before I realized I'd have to hand piece the damn thing and abandoned the thing. But now, I want to pick it back up!

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    1. Let's talk. You can contact me via email using the green Contact button in the sidebar. Your comment does not include your email address, so I cannot contact you this way.

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