If you’ve been following Inklingo on Facebook, you know I’ve been sewing stars on the front porch.
I printed 6 identical sheets to get enough diamonds for 12 fussy cut stars.
It was so fast and easy that I printed 6 sets of 6 identical sheets to get enough for 72 fussy cut stars.
I rotary cut several layers at a time and voilà!
432 diamonds in 72 sets of 6. Zip, zip, zip. It doesn’t take long to print 36 sheets of fabric, especially compared to fussy cutting any other way!
The prep is so FAST! How could I resist?
There were so many stars, I needed an extra-special kit.
Monkey is guarding our treasure!
It’s like eating peanuts.
Each one is a surprise, a little gem.
I slow down to “circle the intersection” to get a perfect match in the center of each one.
Even so, each star only takes about 10-12 minutes to hand piece.
I can sew 5 in an hour if I don`t stop to feed the chipmunks on the front porch.
I am going to use these stars in a new version of the antique star quilt on Natalia Bonner’s Piece N Quilt blog.
It is easier to make this design with Inklingo than with any other method.
Print, cut, sew.
The more I played with this old design and the more I thought about fussy cutting, the more intriguing it became!
The fabric I wanted to fussy cut looked better in the 2 inch size than the 1.5 inch size, so my variation of the antique quilt uses larger diamonds.
This fabric from The Kensington Collection by RJR should come with a warning label. I’m addicted.
TIP If you are fussy cutting 2 inch diamonds and you can find a fabric with a 12 inch repeat, the Inklingo layouts are VERY efficient. There is almost no waste.
MY VARIATION OF THE ANTIQUE STAR QUILT
- fussy cut stars (represented in green above)
- emphasis on a secondary design of diagonal lines by careful placement of the gold, brown, and red diamonds
- a unique edge finish
- Queen size
I decided to replace the hexagon made up of three diamonds in the antique quilt with one hexagon because I want the emphasis to be on the fussy cut stars and the diagonal lines of color. The design works either way.
I like the idea of letting the stars go right to the edge in that zigzag border.
With 2 inch 60“ Diamonds, this version is about 84 x 86, just right for a Queen mattress.
HOW TO MAKE IT?
With Inklingo, you can sew by hand or by machine or a bit of both.
I love it when I can turn a corner at the end of a seam and keep sewing without breaking the thread, so I broke this design down into easy, portable units with lots of “continuous stitching.”
There is a cool way to organize and sew the “non-star” units, so stay tuned! If I can tear myself away from sewing the rest of the stars, I will write up my notes.
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FUSSY CUT STARS ON FACEBOOK
I have shown a few more stars on the Inklingo Facebook page. More to come!
See you again soon!
Linda & Monkey
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