Moving forward on the Star Struck Quilt...this is an exercise in pressing. With all the small pieces and corners it's important to press properly.
RECAP!! I choose some background strips, stack about three together, and using the Omnigrid 98 (quarter-square triangle ruler) cut my pieces. Then I sort them, cut the star points using the Omnigrid 96 (half-square triangle ruler), and put in little piles. Each of the piles (see photo above) contains all the pieces for one star.
Now to sewing the star points to the background triangles.
Using the star pieces, you will notice there is a point on one corner and a little ¼” straight edge on another corner. Use either when you put your pieces together to sew, and sew, using your perfect ¼” seam allowance!
Working with one star, I chain sew the 4 pieces, then pick up another star and chain the four pieces for it together. Keep going! If you keep going you get more done than doing one at a time.
Now the important part...PRESSING. Clear back at the beginning of my quilting journey, I was told “just finger-press” and it will be fine. Maybe it WAS, but I like the clean pressed finish, and the next piece you sew on sits there very nicely.
And just a debate topic... steam or no steam? – I like steam because I can get the seams really flat.
Key word here is pressing (no ironing...that means slidinging the iron back and forth!).
I set the iron on top of the four pieces in the chain with little star points facing up.
Lift it off and clip the pieces apart.
First one, press(set the iron on top, and no moving the iron) the little start point open.
Take the next one, set it on top of the first one, and do it again. Then the third one, and the fourth one.
This way, I am really reinforcing the pressing while making my little stack of the four pieces for a star.
Continue doing this with each one.
And this pressing technique works well with strips you have sewn together.
Lay the two strips right sides together and sew, using the ¼” seam.
(And just a little suggestion to keep them together as you sew – press them together before you sew. Again key word is press, this means setting the iron on the strips, lifting it up and setting it back down on the next section of the strip. When you IRON you leave the iron on the strip and SLIDE the iron along the length of the strip. This can do a very slight stretch to the edge – doesn’t seem like much but it will make a difference.)
Strip is sewn. Set on the ironing surface and set the iron on the strip. If you have the dark side of the strip facing you, when you open the strip and press, you will be pressing toward the dark – usually a good choice.
Open the strip and again set the iron on the first section – then pick it up and set it down on the next section, and continue the length of the strip.
So back to sewing pieces together for the stars.
Next time we’ll work on getting those points to appear in the finished blocks.
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