Celestial Star Part 1 – Fussy Cut

Celestial Star with Inklingo

Sharon Burgess’ Celestial Star design is fabulous for fussy cutting!


Celestial Star with Inklingo

Last night I wanted to get a Celestial Star “Color Burst” unit ready to sew this weekend because I know I will be watching hurricane coverage.

I need something to do with my hands. You too?


Celestial Star Cheat Sheet

So, I prepared a cheat sheet . . .


Freezer paper

. . . and cut the freezer paper . . .


Print on fabric with Inklingo

. . . and printed 56 of the shapes on 5 sheets of fabric.

(Actually, I printed 6 because I changed my mind about one fabric.)


Fussy Cutting with Inklingo


I also fussy cut the Octagon and 8 Jewels using the freezer paper template method I teach for POTC and Passacaglia.

I write about fussy cutting a lot because there are TWO methods with Inklingo.

I often prefer to use “No Waste Fussy Cutting” but this time I printed the shapes without seam allowances on freezer paper with Inklingo to make templates.


Sharon Burgess' Quilting on the Go

Even if you don’t use Inklingo, you don’t need to buy templates because you can trace the shapes from the Quilting on the Go book to make freezer paper templates—which have every advantage over acrylic.

(If you are sewing with EPP, you can increase the size of the seam allowance with this method too!)

Freezer paper is better than acrylic in every way. (Details)


Celestial Star from the back

I blew my own plan because I finished sewing and pressing the Color Burst before bedtime. Ooops.

Even taking dozens of photos along the way, it only took a few hours to sew all 65 shapes.

I need a few more to sew during the hurricane this weekend.


Rotary Cut with Inklingo

Time to print some more.

Using Inklingo is the fastest, most precise way to prepare the shapes and even faster to sew.


Celestial Star dimensions




By the way, many quilters have asked me about the three sizes in the Celestial Star shape collections, so I added info to the website:

As usual, Inklingo octagons (and other shapes) are named with the length of the sides (finished):

100% Octagon 1.66 inch each side (4 inches across)
75% Octagon 1.24 inch each side (3 inches across)
125% Octagon 2.07 inch each side (5 inches across)

The shapes in the collections are accurate to 4 decimal points but I rounded them to 2 decimal points in the written instructions.


Introduction to Inklingo

If you are new to Inklingo, this VIDEO on the Welcome to Inklingo page on the website explains how to print on fabric with your Inkjet printer.


Celestial Star by machine

I sewed some seams by hand and some seams by machine! 


I’m going to show how to chain piece some seams by machine and continuous stitching by hand and I have more to say about Sharon’s beautiful book, so please subscribe (top of right side-bar), so you won’t miss anything.


As usual, the new Clamshell Edges and Celestial Star shape collections and book are on sale at a super-low price for a few more days only.


Please donate to the Red Cross


Have you made a donation to the Red Cross? The need is huge and getting bigger all the time.

I have extended the offer for another week. If you donate at least $15 to the American Red Cross between September 3 and September 17 and let me know (linda @ www.inklingo.com), I will give you the new Clamshell Edges 3.5 inch shape collection, FREE.

Russ and I spent up to six months every year in Naples Florida for many years. We are very worried about everyone in the path of Hurricane Irma, especially on the west coast. I’ll be glued to the TV again today, nervously printing and sewing.

Be safe, wherever you are.

Linda & Monkey


New to Inklingo? Order and download free shapes and start sewing in the next few minutes. Main Beginner’s Page  There are triangles, diamonds, and squares in the free collection—great for dozens of different blocks.

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8 thoughts on “Celestial Star Part 1 – Fussy Cut”

  1. You are very welcome, Kathi! Thank you very much for your order. I hope you find exactly the fabric you want. I would love to see photos of your blocks when you get started.

    • Hi Kathy,
      I’m glad you like it. That fabric is Robert Kaufman Imperial Collection design #13753. I’ve had it for a few years but you might be able to find it somewhere. There were a few different colorways.


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