Star Flower QAL: Week 3 (The Sewing of the Star Flowers :))

Good Afternoon, Everyone! Thank you so much for quilting along! I went back and adjusted the previous post to include the total number of diamonds (at least 300). I would recommend making extras so you have a bit of extras to make sure you can vary the prints around the quilt. You can always use extras in the backing or a pillow.

Today we are going to start stitching! All of the stitching for the examples was done on a machine, but this could easily be done by hand if you are happier with that. To start, lay out your diamonds. If you are doing an every-other layout, you may want to pair all of your starflower prints/solids ahead of time, or you can do it as you go along. I highly recommend chain piecing the sewing part of this :)

To start, layout six diamonds into star flowers. I am showing a scrappy layout where you will need 6 different prints and the every-other where you will need three diamonds of solids and 3 diamonds of prints.
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Next, set aside the third diamond from each set (I set aside the top from the left half and the bottom from the right half if you are using the every-other method, just to keep them straight. I let the scrappy ones fall where they may :))
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Repeat each of the following steps for each half of the star flower.

You are going to sew a seam that starts 1/4″ from the obtuse edge of the diamond pairs and goes all the way to the edge of the acute edge of the diamond. I’ve drawn this out on a pair of diamonds to make it more clear.
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I start sewing at the ‘x’ on the obtuse side so I don’t forget and accidentally sew too far. If you feel more comfortable marking each set, please feel free, but I think once you do it once or twice, you will feel pretty comfortable eyeballing it.
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Finger Press your seams open as you go. Fingernails are amazing time savers at this point. If you prefer to press, that would work too.
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Add a third diamond to each set of pairs. Make sure that the seam is sewn so that the prints/solids alternate. You will start (As before) 1/4″ from the obtuse side of the diamond and sew all the way to the acute edge.
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Finger press this seam to the outside new diamond. You should have a little extra corner hanging over the edge of the half-star flower.
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To join up the two halves of the starflower, line up the little corners that hang over the edges.
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Starting 1/4″ from the edge, sew the two halves together, making sure to sew directly over the place where the two previous seams come to a point. If you sew over this seam junction, you will have practically perfect points every time!
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Here’s another angle of that. This is a pretty important step and perfect points are like a hug from your sewing machine :)
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Now, just press your center seam open to relieve as much of the bulk as possible. The back of your star flower should look like this:
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And the front should look something like this:
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Hip Hip Hooray! Repeat this 49 more times and you should have 50 (and maybe a few extra!) star flowers ready to be sewn into a quilt top next week!
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If you have any questions, I will try and answer them as quickly as possible. It does seem I am better at responding via Facebook and Instagram if you happen to be following along there :)

PS: A few people have asked for a picture of the entire star flower quilt. I will try and get one tonight. So far, the best picture I have is in this post

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3 Responses to Star Flower QAL: Week 3 (The Sewing of the Star Flowers :))

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    Hannah says:

    Hmm this is so cute. I may make a few star flowers and make a pillow …..

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    Kimber C. says:

    you’re like a quilting ninja!!!

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    Rhonda Becerra says:

    Hi! I’m starting to put my starflowers together and I had a question. When I get to the last step and I put the 2 halves together should I leave a 1/4 inch on each end? Or sew the whole way? Thanks!

    Rhonda