This current project happens to be my daughter Britt's work in progress. She started it years ago and when she moved back home, it was unceremoniously stashed in the closet. I've pulled it out several times, but never felt the need to take it on. Until this weekend.
Welcome to the world of 'Y' seams, partial seams, diamonds and plenty of madness! I'm taking on something that I haven't really explored. Many things scare me and partial seams are one of them! I decided how hard can it be (bravado)?! And what could go wrong?!
Britt was my quilting teacher. She and I had many, many hours of cutting, quilting, designing and having amazing mother/daughter time. Over the years she has changed directions, changed passions and I have been given the duty to carry on!!
This quilt has a lot of delicious Anna Maria Horner fabric! My favorite fabric designer without a doubt. There is a mix of Garden Party and Good Folks lines. I was also lucky enough to inherit Britt's collection of Anna Maria Horner fabrics too...win, win!
Before I began I had to make seven more 6 - Point Stars. I pulled the fabric and got to cutting. The gold solid will be the connecting pieces. It's not really gold, more of a tobacco brown, I guess.
The next phase was to mark 1/4" on all the corners. This will become the starting and stopping points when joining the diamonds. Very time consuming as well!
...and the fun begins!
I found a couple great tutorials on partial and 'Y' seams before I began this. With those and a little guidance from my daughter, I didn't hesitate to jump in.
Lorna from Sew Fresh Quilts has this one: 'Y' Seams
Faith from Fresh Lemons is great too: 'Y" Seams
and this in depth on at She Can Quilt
It helped me a lot to pin directly in the center of the intersecting lines. That way I was able to see where to start and stop.
And the finished star. I wanted so badly to have those perfect 'stars' in the center when finished! There is something about seeing those that make me excited!
This is Britt's star!
Here is mine. Almost as perfect as hers!
My pile of stars! Now I'm ready to connect them with the solid fabric diamonds.
The diamonds are cut using a 60 degree ruler. Each unfinished diamond is 4 1/2".
Using my new 14" ruler you can see that the stars end up being slightly over 14". I should mention that I wasn't sure how to sew each piece. Is the best way to start at the outside or inside? I did a little of both ways and each worked fine, but is there a right way?
This is where I'm at now. I completed one with the solid. I have to say that I am very happy with it! I almost pieced all the solid pieces on each star and then realized no, no, no! I'm not doing it like that, but you could. I want the star points to touch, so assembling a lot of hexie stars would not be good!
I hope to work on this more today, but my mind is thinking ahead! The edges. What to do there! If you have made a 6-pointed star quilt and have any suggestions....by all means share!!!
Wish Me Luck!!